Illinois Car Accident Statistics
The combination of hazardous winter weather, highway traffic congestion in densely populated urban centers like Chicago, and the poor condition of rural roads can make Illinois a dangerous place for drivers.
Despite the implementation of highway safety programs such as Click It or Tick It, Don’t Text and Drive, and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, motor vehicle crashes claim lives and cause injuries every day in Illinois. In fact, Illinois car accident statistics show that the number of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities has been steadily increasing since 2014.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your damages. Let us evaluate your situation and help you understand your legal options. Call a lawyer for car accidents at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900.
Illinois Fatal Crash Data
Preliminary data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), shows that 2016 was the deadliest year for drivers in the state since 2008. The significant increase in traffic fatalities in 2016 has been attributed to higher speed limits on rural interstates, an increased number of teen drivers on the road, and the prevalence of distracted driving.
According to IDOT, fatalities include motor vehicle drivers and passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists that are killed in an accident. In 2016, there were 1,001 fatal crashes and 1,080 traffic-related deaths in Illinois. The largest concentration of motor vehicle fatalities occurred in Cook County where 136 people were killed.
Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries
The 2014 Illinois Crash Facts & Statistics report indicates that more than nine people per hour were injured in motor vehicle crashes that year. IDOT not only tracks the number of injuries, but the severity of injury. Injuries are broken down into Type A, B, and C, with Type A being the most serious.
“Type A” injuries include a non-fatal injury that prevents a person from engaging in the activities they could prior to the crash. Type A injuries tend to be severe such as fractures, skull or chest injuries, and abdominal injuries.
In 2014, there were 296,049 motor vehicle crashes in Illinois resulting in 84,652 injuries. Of the total number of injuries, 11,755 were classified as Type A, which accounts for 13.9 percent of all injuries. Rear-end collisions were the most common type of accident to result in serious injuries.
Common Causes of Motor Vehicle Crashes
- Aggressive driving
- Impaired driving – Of the 845 fatal crashes in 2014 in Illinois, an alarming 30.4 percent involved alcohol.
- Adverse weather conditions
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Failure to obey traffic laws or signals
Higher Speed Limits and Fatal Crashes
On January 1, 2014, Illinois raised the speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph on most rural interstates. Some safety experts have questioned whether the change has led to more motor vehicle deaths since many of the fatal crashes in Illinois occur on rural roads.
Illinois also has a disproportionate amount of fatal crashes due to speeding compared to the national average. Between 2013 and 2015, 39 percent of fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois were attributed to speeding compared to a national average of just 28 percent.
Teen Driving Statistics
The increase in the amount of teen drivers on the road is believed to be a factor in the spike in traffic fatalities and injuries in Illinois and nationwide. Teens, ages 16 to 19, are more likely to be distracted while driving, and car accidents are the leading cause of death among this age group.
A 2015 study by AAA found that distracted driving was a factor in 58 percent of crashes involving teen drivers with cell phone use being the second biggest distraction. In Illinois, teen drivers are restricted from driving during certain late night hours and motorists of all ages are prohibited from using hand-held devices or texting while driving.
How a Attorney Can Help
Even the most cautious drivers can be involved in an accident. If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by another party’s negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct, you should speak with an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney right away. An attorney can discuss your accident with you, answer your questions, and explain your legal options for pursuing compensation.
At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., our Chicago personal injury attorneys have more than a decade of experience handling auto accident cases. We have helped car accident victims across Illinois obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and we are here to guide you through every stage of the claims process. We strive to secure the maximum compensation possible for our clients by providing compassionate and skilled representation in every case.
Call us at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900 to receive a free legal consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.