The State of Illinois has one of the busiest and most complex transportation systems in the nation because it operates as the central hub for transportation both in the Midwest and the entire country. A high volume of traffic will ultimately result in car accidents— most of which occur in the densely populated Cook County. The following car crash statistics are provided to help you understand the frequency and types of accidents that occur in Illinois as well as the impact that the City of Chicago has on these statistics.
Illinois Car Crash Statistics
- 274,291 car accidents were reported statewide in 2012.
- 79,792 of the accidents reported were rear end collisions, representing 29% of the total.
- 886 of the crashes reported in 2012 involved one or more fatalities. Fatal crashes represented only 0.3% of the total crashes reported.
- 956 deaths were caused by fatal accidents during 2012.
- 60,284 total injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in the year 2012. Accidents involving one or more injured people accounted for 22% of the total.
- 77% of the accidents reported resulted only in the damage of property. All of the people involved in these accidents walked away with minor injuries or were completely unharmed.
- 8,187 of the accidents reported involved a collision with a pedestrian or bicyclist. Collisions with this group accounted for 3% of all accidents reported through the year.
Cook County Auto Accident Statistics: A State Comparison
- Of the 274,291 accidents reported in 2012 in the state, 131,506 occurred in Cook County. The accidents reported in Cook County accounted for nearly 48% of all those reported in Illinois.
- Dense traffic conditions have contributed to a higher incidence of rear end collisions in Cook County. 31.2% of the accidents reported in Cook County are rear-ended collisions.
- 5,808 accidents reported in Cook County involved pedestrians or bicyclists. This represents 71% of all accidents involving a pedestrian or bicyclist in the entire state.
- 2012 saw an increase in auto accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians from the previous year. 5,655 of these accidents were reported in the year 2011.
- 252 fatal accidents were reported in Cook County during the year 2012. These resulted in 270 deaths and represent 28% of all fatal crashes in the state during the year.
- In 2011, 213 fatal crashes occurred in Cook County. The number of fatal crashes rose by approximately 8.3% in 2012.
- 2012 ultimately saw fewer accidents than 2011. 133,499 accidents were reported in 2011— roughly 2,000 more than in 2012.
Fatal Auto Collision Crash Data
- There were 835 fatal crashes in the State of Illinois in the year 2011
- These accidents resulted in 918 deaths at a rate of 1.09 deaths per fatal accident.
- In 296 of the fatal accidents reported in 2011, all those involved had used safety belts properly.
- 276 of the accidents involved the absence of a seatbelt or the improper use of safety devices.
- 155 of the fatal crashes involved drivers with suspended or invalid licenses.
- In 2012, 886 fatal accidents were reported at an increase of nearly 6%.
- 956 deaths were reported at a rate of 1.07 deaths per fatal accident. This is a slight improvement on the previous year.
- In 285 of the fatal accidents in 2012, seatbelts were used.
- 282 of the fatal accidents involved the improper use of a safety belt or safety device.
- 186 of the fatal accidents involved drivers with suspended or invalid licenses.
The Economic Toll of Car Accidents on the Illinois Economy
- The economic impact of auto accidents in the United States was $1 trillion in 2010, which includes loss of life and productivity.
- The average liability claim made against insurance policies for property damage as a result of a car accident was just over $3,000 in the year 2012.
- The average insurance claim paid for medical treatment resulting from injuries caused in car accidents was $14,653 during the same time period.
- Insurance companies provide only about 50% of the total cost of accidents while the injured are forced to cover around 26%.
- The responsible party, healthcare providers and charitable organizations often account for the remainder.
- It is estimated that those who are not involved in auto accidents pay for 75% of the cost of car accidents through health and car insurance premiums and taxes.
- Drunk driving accounts for roughly 20% of the economic loss which results from car accidents each year. In 2010, drunk driving resulted in costs exceeding $199 billion nationwide.
Illinois Car Accident Attorneys Committed To Protecting Your Legal Rights
If you have been involved in an Illinois car accident, it is important to understand your rights and what you are entitled to receive by law. Before negotiating with any insurance companies or the responsible party, it is crucial that you receive prompt medical treatment and then seek the advice of a qualified personal injury attorney who will represent your best interests. Hiring a lawyer is necessary because insurance companies often employ tactics designed to reduce their financial liability and are unable to take advantage of you if you have legal representation.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are committed to helping you move forward following an accident by negotiating or litigating with the insurance companies and the responsible party while protecting your best interests. Contact us today to set up a free consultation with an attorney who can answer your questions and evaluate your case thoroughly before advising you on how best to proceed with your case.
During your evaluation you will learn about your rights, legal options and what you can expect at every step in the legal process. We are confident that we can help you recover the financial compensation that you are entitled to receive for your car accident injuries and if we are unable to do so, our services will be completely free of charge.