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Illinois Fatalities in Crashes are Up in 2020

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, Wrongful Death


Illinois Fatal Crash Statistics updates monthly on the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) website, and as of right now the state is reporting a higher number of fatalities than last year at the same time. There could be many reasons for the increase; however, it may be part of an ongoing trend of lower fatalities throughout Illinois.

If your loved one dies in a fatal car accident in Illinois, we understand that it will be difficult to know what to do next. Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can help. We will guide you through the wrongful death claims process and handle all of the legal issues so you can focus on family. Call us today at (312) 236-2900 or use our online contact form to reach out.

Fatal Crash Statistics

As of the end of November 2020, there had been 881 fatal crashes in which there were 963 fatalities. At the same time last year there had been 925. That amounts to a difference of 38 total fatalities.

There were 1,009 total fatalities in 2019, which was down from 1,035 fatalities in 2018 and 1,090 in 2017.

Possible Causes for Fatalities

Although IDOT doesn’t track causes of each fatal crash, they do record some information that can lead to an understanding of why people did not survive those Illinois car accidents.

In 241 of the 2020 wrecks, a restraint was not used or was improperly used. This is down from 263 in 2019, 261 in 2018, and 270 in 2017.

Nearly 200 of those drivers were unlicensed. This is up from 186 in 2019, 157 in 2018, and 193 in 2017.

Failure to use a seat belt and driving without proper training or without a license can be significant causes of serious car accidents that lead to fatalities.

Where Do Fatal Car Accidents Occur in Illinois?

Most (309) fatal car accidents in 2020 have occurred on State or U.S. highways. However, a close 304 occurred on city streets. Only 196 happened on county-township roads and 154 happened on interstates.

Nearly 30 of the fatalities in Illinois occurred in Work Zones. Work Zones can be difficult to navigate and often result in sudden stopping and lane changes. These wrecks can be dangerous to the people in the motor vehicles as well as roadside workers.

What Types of Vehicles Have The most Fatal Accidents in Illinois?

Fatal accidents are more common with motorcyclists than any other vehicle type. There were 131 fatalities with bikers in Illinois in 2020. This is likely because motorcyclists have very little protection and suffer severe, life threatening injuries in an accident.

Pedestrians were involved in 125 fatalities, semi-trucks were in 106 accidents, and pedalcyclists were involved in 25 incidents.

Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. for Help With a Fatal Accident

If your loved one suffered fatal injuries after a crash, you need compassionate legal guidance. Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can be there for you. Call us today at (312) 236-2900 or use our online contact form to reach out.

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