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Realities of fatal car accidents in Illinois

People sometimes do not realize the full death toll that can be attributed to car accidents in the United States because most accidents just involve one or two people. On top of that, the majority of the accidents are not even fatal, just resulting in injuries or perhaps allowing everyone to walk away without complications. However, the truth is that there are around 40,000 fatalities every year in car crashes.

Are you under the age of 34? If so, car accidents are actually the leading cause of death for your age group. This doesn't mean you shouldn't drive, but it does mean you should be aware of the risks.

Would you assume that the winter is the most deadly time to drive, with ice and snow contributing to more crashes? It's not that the winter is safe, as it has its own challenges, but there are actually more fatal crashes in August. This was can be seen when examining the data that is kept by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

One thing that may be a bit less surprising is the most dangerous day to be on the roads: Saturday. If it gets to be Saturday night and you're behind the wheel, your biggest hazard is a drunk driver. The majority of the nighttime accidents -- 54 percent -- involved alcohol in one manner or another.

Even knowing the statistics cannot always help you avoid accidents. If you are injured or if you lose a loved one in a wreck, be sure that you understand all of your legal rights.

Source: Forbes, "Most Dangerous Times To Drive" Hannah Elliott, accessed Jan. 28, 2015

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