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Longer Nights Means More Dangers for Illinois Drivers

All together, auto accidents kill more than 40,000 Americans every year. Whether they realize it or not, for most Americans, getting behind the wheel of a car is the most dangerous thing they do on any given day. Auto accidents are already the number one cause of death for people under the age of 34; however, the changing of the seasons could bring new traffic dangers with them. (Forbes)

As we continue to march toward Halloween, the days get shorter. Despite the fact that the average American drives three times as much during the day as opposed to the night, accidents after dark account for about 50% of all fatal crashes. Chicago authorities are currently investigating the 3 a.m. pedestrian accident death of an 85-year-old woman that occurred Sunday morning near the west side.

According the reports from the Chicago Tribune, the elderly woman was walking southbound on Waller Avenue around 3:10 a.m. when she was struck by the vehicle. Cook County medical examiners pronounced the woman dead shortly after the accident.

Driving conditions are very different once the sun goes down. The early onset of darkness that comes with the fall and winter months means less visibility, and the late night hours can increase the danger of alcohol, speeding, and drowsy driving being factors in accidents.

Our attorneys know that low nighttime visibility should be treated like any other unfavorable driving condition. It is important that the same caution shown in winter or rainy conditions be shown at night. Accidents that occur after nightfall are responsible for nearly 2,000 deaths and 71,000 injuries every year, and accidents are more almost four times more likely to happen in these late hours. In addition, these accidents cause an estimated $12.5 billion in monetary losses to victims. (Drowsy Driving; National Sleep Foundation)

At Levin & Perconti we know that negligent drivers can have serious and far-reaching effects on the lives of their victims. People injured in serious car accidents are often left with no ability to work, and can spend months in the hospital or at home recuperating, requiring their family to sacrifice both time and money to ensure they can return to good health.

Our lawyers have worked for decades to ensure that our clients are not unnecessarily penalized by the negligent actions of others. Recently, our attorneys reached a $10 million settlement for a five year-old boy seriously injured by a Chicago Fire Department Fire Truck. No matter what the circumstance, we have the experience to make sure you are covered.

If you or a loved one has been injured by another person’s negligence, or you think you may have a case, please call us at 877-374-1417 to discuss what we can do to help you.