It is easy for Chicagoans to observe that the holidays are a popular time to get together and celebrate with family and friends, and with these celebrations we see an increase in traffic. With having so many plans and events during the holidays, Chicagoans are often on the roads to get to their destinations for summertime fun. The 4th of July is an especially busy time too, with festivals and celebrations going on in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. From the Taste of Chicago, to Naperville’s Rib Fest, to even crossing the border to Milwaukee’s Summerfest, citizens of Chicagoland are on the go for holiday fun.
However, the 4th of July is a holiday season in which we see motor vehicle accidents rise. According to recent statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation, there is a trend of crashes increasing during holidays in Illinois, including Independence Day. From 2006 through 2012, there were a total of 15,187 accidents during the 4th of July Holiday period in Illinois alone. From these accidents, 5,174 people suffered personal injuries, and 80 people died. Of the 74 fatal crashes, 40 were alcohol related.
This is not just a problem in Chicagoland though, there is a rise in motor vehicle accidents nationwide during the 4th of July summer celebrations. According to an article from USA Today, the National Safety Council has estimated that this year’s Independence Day will be the deadliest holiday for traffic accidents, over Christmas, New Year’s, Thanksgiving, and Memorial Day. The traveling period for 4th of July spans four days, and the National Safety Council reported approximately 540 deaths and 58,000 serious personal injuries last year throughout the country. One reason Independence Day being more deadly than others days is the stronger likelihood for people to drink and drive during this holiday over others. From 2007 through 2011, alcohol was the cause of 61 traffic deaths per day during the 4th of July period nationwide.
Not only are motor vehicle accidents a damper on people’s holiday celebrations, but they can be the cause for a loss of life or lifelong permanent physical damage and suffering. As you know, a driver’s negligence can leave victims with broken bones, loss of limbs, serious nerve damage, and other injuries that can disable a victim and change their way of life forever. When this occurs, not only does a victim incur significant medical bills and time in the hospital that puts them out of work, but their injuries may leave them out of work forever. In this way, victims do not just suffer temporary loss of pay, but have forever lost their means of living due to another’s recklessness. During the holiday traveling periods, it is all too common that people forget their legal duty to be a responsible driver and keep others free from injury, but get caught up in their celebrating and engage in negligent and reckless driving such and intoxication or distracted driving.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a driver’s negligence, you may be bale to hold that individual liable through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Our attorneys have represented individuals and families in motor vehicle accident lawsuits for over 20 years, and are dedicated in helping injured victims obtain justice by obtaining fair and reasonable verdicts and settlements. We believe that victims should not have to suffer due to the fault of another, which is why we continue to take on complex car accident lawsuits. We would be happy to discuss your potential case with you in a free consultation. Call us today, and we may be able to help you with your legal action.