As our readers are aware, truck and motor vehicle accidents occur daily across Illinois. Such accidents are frequent not only on congested interstates but on rural country roads and highways as well. No where they are driving, it is always important that drivers use caution when behind the wheel. Where they fail in regards to vigilance and safe driving, they can cause injuries or death to themselves and/or others.
According to the Daily Gate City, a two-vehicle accident in Hancock County caused the death of an Illinois man from Niota. A woman from Dallas City, Illinois suffered injuries in the crash. According to The Illinois State Patrol, the man was trying to make a left turn in front of the woman’s car when the collision occurred. According to reports, he was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Oftentimes people assume that rural roads are safer for drivers because there is less traffic and lower speed limits. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration presents some interesting statistics and facts about motor vehicle accidents that occur in rural areas. According to the NHTSA, although only 21% of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, fatal crashes occurring in rural areas account for 57% of all traffic fatalities. In 2005 alone, there were 21,294 fatal crash incidents in rural areas as to compared to urban areas on a nationwide scale. These crashes resulted in the deaths of 24,837 people.
In fact, National Geographic makes the argument that urban areas are safer than rural areas for drivers. Research has shown that rural areas pose a more serious risk for injuries from motor vehicle accident injuries. This is possibly because people in rural areas spend much more time in cars than people in urban areas, and unfortunately, researchers have called riding in cars “one of the most dangerous activities.” Death from motor vehicle accidents in rural areas occurs at a rate of 14.9 people per 100,000. On the converse though, even though accidents are more common in rural areas, access to healthcare and emergency rooms is more available in urban areas.
If you have suffered injuries in a car accident as a result of the negligent actions of another driver, it is important to seek legal assistance so that you may hold wrongdoers liable for your injuries, losses, and suffering. While our law firm is located in Chicago, we serve injured plaintiffs located throughout all of the state of Illinois. Call us for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your potential case with you.