Each year, more than 100,000 people are injured and more than 1,000 people are killed on Illinois roads. These are grim statistics, particularly in an age when cars come with more safety features than ever before.
So why do all of these harmful and deadly accidents occur?
Some experts cite greater congestion as a cause. Others cite increased distraction from a variety of electronic devices. No matter how you account for the figures, however, one thing is clear: Our safety is threatened every time we get behind the wheel. On this page, we take a closer look at some of the leading causes of Illinois car accidents, as well as common types of collisions and the factors that lead to those accidents.
Important note: If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, be sure to seek medical care right away no matter what led to the accident. If you would like additional guidance, please contact us for a free consultation where we will help you understand all of the options available to you.
Nondriver Factors That Lead To Crashes
Car accidents can occur for any number of reasons, but not all of them include driver error or driver inattention. Defective products can lead to issues such as tire tread separation, air bag failure and runaway acceleration, rendering seemingly safe vehicles unnecessarily dangerous.
Even when the vehicle is in flawless condition, hazardous road conditions, including poor signage and unexpected obstacles, may cause problems.
Improperly designed roads, such as those with inadequate banking, can also lead to traumatic accidents.
Causes That Drivers Can Control, But Don't
Drivers remain at the center of this conversation, and rightly so. Nearly 45 percent of all drivers involved in fatal accidents in Illinois test positive for driving under the influence, or DUI, and an ever greater percentage of those impaired drivers are under the age of 24.
Add to this the pervasive issues of talking on cellphones, texting while driving, and the use of tablets and other portable electronics, and it's no wonder so many people claim they never saw the other vehicle before it was too late.