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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Often when we hear about the impact speeding has on car accident statistics, we typically associate crashes with other vehicles on the roads. While speeding undeniably causes numerous pile-ups and other vehicle-to-vehicle collisions, it also poses a serious threat to pedestrians and those using other modes of transportation.

Pedestrians and bicyclists are at risk anytime they encounter traffic, but speeding drivers place them at an even greater risk. Before you put the pedal to the metal, consider these eye-opening facts according to the Illinois State Police:

  • Speeding is the cause for approximately 32 percent of fatal crashes;
  • It is often only one single vehicle that is responsible for a speed-related crash - it only takes one driver to cause serious damage; and
  • Since 1992, speed has been found to be one of the biggest factors in fatal crashes caused by driver error.

A significant percentage of speeding drivers who have caused collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians have been found to be driving under the influence. When it comes to speeding-related injuries and fatalities, though, the reason for a lead foot is never excusable. Willfully speeding, whether under the influence or not, can mean tragic consequences.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois pedestrian accident lawyer,According to statistics collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, almost 5,000 pedestrians are killed in motor vehicle accidents. Another 76,000 are injured. These numbers mean that every two hours, there is a fatal pedestrian accident, and every seven minutes, there is a pedestrian injured after being struck by a motor vehicle.

Although many people may believe that children are most at risk of being a victim of a pedestrian accident, the data shows that it is actually senior citizens who are the most vulnerable to pedestrian accidents than any other age group. Victims who are over the age of 65 account for approximately 20 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents each year. Another 10 percent account for those victims who are injured.

They may not be the most at risk, but one out of every five children between the ages of 5 and 15 are killed by a vehicle while they are walking. A study conducted by CDC researchers found that – nationwide – only 14 percent of children walk to school. Traffic danger was cited as the second most common answer by parents as to why their children did not walk.

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