If you are like us, you hear cautious statements about staying safe on the road all the time. There are many public service campaigns warning about the dangers of distracted driving, drowsy driving and drunken driving. Residents in Chicago are inundated by these campaigns as are the rest of the nation's citizens. So, why do preventable and fatal motor vehicle accidents still happen at such an alarming rate?
We don't have the answer and we bet that you don't either, but we do know that a large portion of the nation's wrongful deaths occur in vehicle accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 33,736 of the nation's 135,928 accidental deaths of 2014 occurred in motor vehicle crashes. The only thing that caused more unintentional deaths that year was accidental poisoning.
Chicago is a large, busy city. It is safe to assume that a large portion of wrongful death vehicle accidents have occurred in our city. According to an article published on Thrillist, Chicago is the sixth most dangerous American city for drivers with a total of 174 metro area fatalities in 2015.
Once a loved one has been killed in an accident, there is nothing that will bring him or her back. Victims are left with a hole in their hearts that can't be filled. They don't know what to do with their negative emotions anger, despair and heartbreak.
Clearly, the problem of wrongful death due to car crashes remains persistent. For many, finding justice for the death of a loved one can open the door to healing. Please explore the topics available on our website if you would like additional information.