These numbers indicate that our efforts to promote safer driving and make safer cars are paying off, but we need to continue our efforts to prevent senseless traffic fatalities.
Chicago, IL (Vocus/PRWEB) April 12, 2011
A Chicago personal injury lawyer said today that Illinois traffic safety advocates should be proud of new state and national statistics showing historic lows in car crash fatalities.
Pride, however, shouldn’t lead to satisfaction, said the attorney, Michael P. Schostok of the leading Illinois personal injury law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.
“When you become satisfied, you become complacent, and now is not the time for that,” said Schostok, who represents injured Illinois car accident victims and families who have lost loved ones to automobile crashes in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
“These numbers indicate that our efforts to promote safer driving and make safer cars are paying off, but we need to continue our efforts to prevent senseless traffic fatalities,” he said.
“We can enhance our efforts to make drivers aware of the dangers of drunk driving and distracted driving, for instance, and we can encourage automakers to embrace new technology, such as electronic stability control, forward collision warning and lane departure warning systems.”
Schostok spoke in reaction to statistics released in February by the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police, showing that 923 people died from motor vehicle crashes in 2010. Although that number was up from the 911 traffic fatalities reported in 2009, it still marked the first time since 1921 that Illinois had recorded less than 1,000 car crash deaths in back-to-back years.
The Illinois statistics mirrored a national trend, according to statistics released just last week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Even though people drove more miles than ever before in 2010, the nation’s overall traffic fatalities fell to their lowest level since 1949, the NHTSA reported. The country had 32,788 traffic deaths, marking a three percent drop from 2009.
“These are encouraging numbers, but it’s important to keep in mind that even one death caused by the negligence or recklessness of another is one death too many,” Schostok said. “Every number represents a lost family member and a tragedy that, in many cases, likely could have been prevented.”
In the coming year, Schostok said that his Illinois accident and injury law firm will continue to promote awareness of the dangers of driving while impaired and driving while texting or talking on a cell phone, and it will press for stronger enforcement of existing drunk driving and distracted driving laws.
“We’ll also continue to work hard to hold careless drivers responsible for their actions and to protect the rights of car accident victims and their families,” Schostok said. “In addition to serving our clients, our law firm believes strongly that our advocacy helps to make Illinois roads safer for everyone.”
About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard is a leading Illinois personal injury law firm with offices in Chicago and Waukegan. 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 $585 million on behalf of its clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including 160 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements.
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