The temperature outside is ninety five degrees. A sure sign that summer has arrived in Chicago. Over the next several months, thousands of Chicago residents will hit the roads traveling to vacation destinations. As a Chicago personal injury law firm with years of experience, we realize that hundreds of car accidents occur every minute on roads across the country. Thousands of Chicago residents will be seriously injured due to the careless driving of other motorists. Injuries sustained in these motor vehicle accidents can range from lacerations, fractures or broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and death.
Recently while reading the Internet, I came across some interesting statistics. A study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2010 found that the annual cost of car accidents exceeded $99 billion. The study was featured in the August 2010 journal of Traffic and Injury Prevention released by the CDC. The cost of medical care and work related losses associated with injuries from truck and car crashes exceeded $99 billion in a one year period. The cost of medical treatment for injuries sustained accounted for over $16 billion. If you do some basic math, broken down that is an approximated $500 for each driver on the road.
Let's take a look at the crash related injury dollar amounts for those traveling in cars and trucks. The total cost of motor vehicle crash related injuries were over $70 billion. This cost accounted for over seventy percent of the total costs. The study also concluded the cost for motorcyclists was $12 billion. Pedestrians were close behind with a total cost of $10 billion and $5 billion for bicyclists.
As an experienced Chicago injury law firm, we understand that educating the public on safe driving techniques can reduce the number of injuries and fatal car accidents. Public safety programs such as child passenger safety, safe teen driving, DUI prevention and seat belt use can save lives.