The National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB, recently announced that transportation fatalities in the United States dropped in 2011. Preliminary figures released by the NTSB show that the fatalities declined by approximately 2 percent that year with deaths decreasing from 35,043 in 2010 to 34,434 in 2011. Some of the more notable statistics include no airline fatalities in 2011, a decrease in roadway fatalities, and an increase in boating accident fatalities. Additionally, while there were no airline fatalities in 2011, the total number of deaths in general aviation accidents increased from 476 to 494, with nearly 90 percent of those involving fatalities in general aviation.
One of the areas that is a cause for concern is the deaths involved in recreational boating. In Illinois, residents and visitors are fortunate to have many bodies of water nearby, and boating can be a great pastime when done safely. As stated, the number of deaths associated with waterways increased from 723 to 800 with recreational boating accounting for nearly all marine fatalities; 758 of the 800 deaths in all. Some of the aviation death increase can be accounted for by air taxi deaths, which rose in 2011 from 17 to 41. To read further about all of the 2011 transportation fatality statistics provided by the NTSB, click here to be taken to the NTSB website.
Transportation is a major part of everyday life, and it is important to remain cautious while driving, flying, boating, or riding public transportation. More importantly, passengers and drivers must always be aware of everyone else around them. Many accidents and fatalities are caused by the negligence of others. When you are injured by another while in a mechanized vehicle of any kind, you may be entitled to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit . Personal injury is a branch of law that involves serious injuries to people that are caused by the careless, intentional or otherwise negligent acts of others. Our firm often handles personal injury claims for clients in and around the Chicago area. When people file personal injury claims they seek compensation for the harms caused. That compensation can include medical bills, lost wages, or even punitive damages if the situation calls for it. Punitive damages are a certain type of damages that are intended to punish the negligent parties and to prevent them from harming others in the future.
Personal injury awards are essential for the injured parties to mentally and financially recover from their injuries. While monetary damages cannot make injury victims whole or reverse the damages already done, they can greatly help in a time of need. Our firm has recovered over $520 million dollars for our clients and their families during their times of need. If you or a loved one has been injured in a transportation related accident, consider contacting our offices for a free consultation.