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The Safest Times to Drive in Illinois

The-Safest-Times-to-Drive-in-Illinois-300x195In 2012, there were a total of 274,111 crashes on Illinois’s roads, which comes down to 751 accidents every single day. The Chicago car accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC took a deeper look into the data released by the Illinois Department of Transportation to determine what the safest times are to drive and when you are most at risk of being involved in an accident. Increased awareness during times when accidents are more prevalent may ultimately result in fewer accidents and fatalities. At the moment, nine people are injured in crashed each hour and two people die in auto wrecks each day in our state.

Frequency vs Severity

The data compiled by the IDOT is filled with mixed signals and while some of the revelations were completely anticipated, other data came as a surprise. The frequency of accidents and the severity of their outcomes seem to differ by time of day, so while you are more likely to be involved in an accident during certain times, you are also more likely to endure a severe injury during others. Here are some of the things we gleaned from the data.

  • Urban roadways are the most dangerous place to be. 82.6% of accidents in the state occurred within urban boundaries.
  • You are far more likely to be involved in an accident during the day than at night. Nearly 70% of accidents reported happened between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM.
  • Unsurprisingly, Friday is the most dangerous day of the week, likely due to drivers rushing home for the weekends and increased traffic destined for recreational activities.
  • The morning rush hour is much safer than the evening rush. 40,229 accidents were reported between 8:00 AM and noon while nearly 120,000 accidents occurred in the afternoon and early evening.

While the number of reported incidents is much higher in the day than the evening, the number of severe injuries and fatalities occur during the evening hours. The following statistics show that accidents are far more likely to be serious in the evening, whereas many of the accidents throughout the day occur at lower speeds.

  • Sunday is the most deadly day of the week. 93 fatalities were reported on urban roads while another 82 occurred on rural roads. This also suggests that location is not as significant of a factor for fatal crashes.
  • Saturday came in close second with 99 urban fatalities and 73 rural fatalities.
  • The greatest number of fatalities occurred between the hours of midnight and 4:00 AM. The second most dangerous time period was between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM, during the evening rush.
  • The greatest number of accidents resulting in permanent debilitating injuries occurred on Friday, followed closely by Saturday. Once again, this could be due to increased traffic volume and the rush to get home or away for the weekend.
  • The greatest number of life altering injuries occurred between the hours of 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM.

One of the things that our Chicago auto accident lawyers have noticed is that while accidents occur more frequently in the city, almost nearly as many fatalities occur on rural roads. These open roads invite drivers to operate vehicles at greater speeds and drivers are more prone to reckless behavior on these roads, making them more deadly.

Quick Safety Tips to Reduce Accident Risk and Severity

An accident can occur at any time and place and is never something that you anticipate, but there are things you can do to ensure that you are less likely to suffer serious injuries. First, there is an extremely strong link between accident fatality rates and the lack of seatbelt use. You are far less likely to be severely injured or killed when you’ve fastened your seatbelt. Secondly, you should never drive while distracted, as answering a phone call or responding to a text requires splitting your attention between your device and the road, and that reduces your reaction time. It could even make you liable for an accident.

Finally, be aware that driving late at night may expose you to a greater risk of being involved in a severe accident, primarily due to the presence of drivers who are fatigued or under the influence of alcohol and controlled substances.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is a highly trusted and award-winning personal injury firm that has collected compensation on behalf of thousands of clients harmed in car and truck accidents. If you have been injured because of another driver’s reckless or careless behavior, contact us to arrange a free consultation so that we can investigate your claim and go over your legal options.

Our Chicago car accident attorneys work solely on a contingency basis, so that means if we fail to recover compensation on your behalf, our services are free.

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