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Friday afternoons the most dangerous time for Chicago car accidents

Friday was the most dangerous day on the road in Illinois — logging 58,474 crashes in 2008
Noon to 8 p.m., the most dangerous time of day, logged about 180,000 of the 340,000 urban crashes, according to the release of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s 2008 Crash Facts and Statistics.

The Chicago car accident attorneys and the personal injury and wrongful death lawyers at Abels & Annes are publishing a series of blogs taking a look at the statistics. As previously reported on its Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer blog, about 40 percent of fatal Illinois traffic accidents occurred in the five-county Chicago area.

Last year, there were 408 fatal Chicago car accidents in the five-county area of the 1,043 traffic fatalities statewide.

Friday was the most dangerous day on the road in Illinois — logging 58,474 urban crashes and 8,943 crashes in rural areas. More than half of crashes (180,000 of the 340,000 urban crashes) occurred between Noon and 8 p.m.

As Abels & Annes reported on its Chicago Car Accident Lawyers blog, Illinois’ 2008 traffic fatality clock logged 1,115 Illinois traffic crashes per day. Eleven people an hour were injured and 3 people a day died in fatal Illinois traffic accidents, according to the report.

Illinois has launched a campaign to reduce the number of fatal accidents this year by at least 100. As of mid-November, 781 fatalities had been reported thus far this year, compared to 883 last year.

But the November and December holiday period is one of the deadliest on the road. Currenlty, Illinois is one of just 10 states to log an average of more than 1,000 traffic deaths annually, according to the National Highway Traffic safety Administration.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an accident, the Chicago car accident lawyers at Abels & Annes offer free appointments to discuss your rights. Call (866) 99-ABELS. There is no fee unless you win.