The sad fact is that many of the accidents in these 10 counties and across the state could have been prevented. Many are the result of negligent and reckless driving.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 07, 2013
In an effort to call attention to the consequences of unsafe driving, the law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. has released a new infographic on its website showing the “10 Deadliest Counties for Illinois Drivers.”
“We hope this information will raise awareness of the high number of fatal motor vehicle accidents that occur in our state each year and make us think of ways we can act to reduce that number,” said attorney Patrick A. Salvi, the firm’s managing equity partner.
“The sad fact is that many of the accidents in these 10 counties and across the state could have been prevented. Many are the result of negligent and reckless driving.”
The graphic uses 2010 and 2011 data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and U.S. Census Bureau Illinois Quick Facts. It lists the counties in terms of motor vehicle accident deaths as a percentage of the county’s total population to show which counties present the highest risk of being involved in a fatal crash.
So, even though Cook County may have had the highest total number of fatal motor vehicle accidents in Illinois in 2010 and 2011 with 470, according to IDOT, the county did not have the highest fatality percentage. With a population of 5,194,675 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cook County’s fatality percentage came out to only 0.009 percent.
Instead, Hardin County – located in southern Illinois – had the highest fatality percentage. The county had four fatal crashes in 2010 and 2011. With a base population of 4,320 residents, the county’s fatality percentage came out to 0.0926 percent. Pope County, with a fatality percentage of 0.0895, had the second highest.
Salvi encouraged Illinois residents to view the complete list as well as other car, truck and motorcycle crash data presented in the graphic, including a breakdown of the “deadliest modes of transport” and “rates of accidents per driving age.”
“Our purpose is to provide information such as this data and other important legal information to those who believe they may have a legal claim arising from a motor vehicle accident,” Salvi said. “However, every case is different. It’s always crucial to speak with an attorney directly to review the specific facts of one’s case and get a better understanding of one’s legal rights and options.”
About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is a leading Chicago personal injury firm with offices in Chicago (22 West Washington Street, Suite 1600, Chicago IL 60602) and Waukegan (218 North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085). In addition to representing clients in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, aviation and product liability cases, the firm focuses on car and truck accidents, airplane and train accidents, construction injuries, birth injuries, brain injuries, unsafe properties and animal attacks. The firm has obtained more than $640 million on behalf of its clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including 190 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. For more information, call (312) 372-1227 or use the firm’s online contact form.