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Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. More than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. The economic impact is also notable: the lifetime costs of crash-related deaths and injuries among drivers and passengers were $70 billion in 2005.[1]

In the year 2010 in Illinois alone, 927 people died in 858 motor vehicle crashes and an additional 88,937 were injured; 115 pedestrians were killed and an additional 5174 pedestrians were injured; and 4013 motorcycles crashes were reported.[2]

Negligence or carelessness is the typical cause of automobile accidents with distractions such as texting and talking on the cell phone accounting for an increasingly greater percentage of automobile accidents.  Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is another frequent cause of motor vehicle accidents.  If you or someone you know was hurt in a car accident or other incident involving a vehicle, truck, bicycle or pedestrian accident, you should speak to a personal injury attorney to help you sort out your rights, options and future. To learn more, visit our section on motor vehicle accidents.