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Most Dangerous Highways in Chicago

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Truck Accidents


The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) released in its most recent crash statistics that in 2018 there were over 319,000 car accidents in Illinois. Of these crashes, nearly 1,000 individuals died, and over 94,000 were injured.

Living in a busy city such as Chicago can leave you and your loved ones more susceptible to a severe car accident. If you sustain a car crash in Illinois due to no fault of your own, reach out to our attorneys. At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., our legal team thoroughly understands the complexities of Illinois law and can assist you in filing your claim for compensation.

To set up a no-cost, case assessment with a skilled attorney, contact us today at (312) 236-2900.

Hazardous Highways in Illinois

IDOT has stated that I-290, between Mannheim Road and Cicero Avenue, has the highest car accident rate compared to others in the Chicago area. Moreover, within that eight-mile stretch of highway, approximately 2,000 crashes take place each year. This is because this portion of the highway connects suburbs to downtown, making the Eisenhower Expressway heavily traveled at all times of the week.

Additionally, I-90/94 Westbound, which runs from 35th Street to the Edens Junction, also tends to have extreme traffic. I-90 Eastbound beginning at I-294 poses an increased risk of accidents for motorists as well.

Hazardous Intersections in Chicago

  • Stony Island Avenue at South Chicago Avenue – This intersection is by far the most dangerous in Chicago, with over 60 accidents per year. The area has pedestrians, cyclists, and over 70,000 automobiles traveling on it every day.
  • Western Avenue at Peterson Avenue – Western Avenue at Peterson Avenue is another intersection congested with traffic on its many lanes. In fact, 47 accidents occurred there in just one year.
  • Kedzie Avenue at Belmont Avenue – With one-way roads flanking both sides, drivers are forced to look out for traffic in three or four lanes at the same time. This leads to many accidents per year due to the confusing intersection.

The Most Dangerous Times to Drive on a Chicago Highway

According to the Condé Nast Traveler, accidents are more likely to occur when there is an increased number of drivers on the road. Thus, rush hour, between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., remains one of the most dangerous times during the day to drive. However, it is important to note that Saturday is the most dangerous day to be on the road.

Moreover, August has been deemed the most dangerous month to drive in due to the influx of summer road trips. July is a close second.

Do Not Hesitate to Call a Lawyer

According to IDOT, in 2015, 81.7 percent of car accidents in Illinois occurred on urban roadways. Moreover, of this percentage, 79.6 percent of these car crashes resulted in injuries.

These statistics prove that driving in Chicago can be extremely dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken. However, it is essential to understand that even when you take all the necessary precautions while driving, you could still suffer an injury due to the recklessness of another motorist. If you are currently in this type of situation, you should understand that you have legal options.

You should call an attorney at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. for help with your case. Our skilled and dedicated legal team can help determine if you have a valid claim. If you do, we can help you file your claim and handle the legal side of things while you wholly focus on your recovery. Contact us as soon as possible at and schedule your no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation.

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