Illinois Car Accident Totals Increase While Fatalities Decline
The amount of car accidents in Illinois is on the rise.
The number of car accidents in 2013 rose 4 percent from 2012 with a total average of 782 accidents per day, according to a recently released study from the Illinois Department of Transportation. That’s one accident almost every two minutes.
While the total number of accidents is on the rise, fatalities are trending downward. In 2013, 991 of the 285,477 total crashes involved a fatality. As 2014 comes to a close, 903 fatalities have been reported by the state.
"If the provisional numbers for 2014 hold up, we could have the lowest number of fatalities in Illinois in several decades,'' Guy Tridgell, an IDOT spokesman in Chicago, tells the Chicago Tribune. "We are confident that we will have fewer than 1,000 motor-vehicle fatalities in Illinois for the fifth consecutive year. Just 10 years ago, we were well over 1,300.”
Driving in and around Chicago proved to be the most dangerous in Illinois, as almost half (137,271) of all Illinois accidents in 2013 occurred in Cook County. Suburban DuPage County was the next most dangerous with 19,458 accidents, according to IDOT.
By the numbers
The state’s 2013 crash study revealed several other interesting facts and figures, including:
- 1.7 percent of crashes involved pedestrians
- 1.3 percent involved bicyclists
- 1.2 percent involved motorcyclist with those accidents making up 15.8 percent of all fatalities.
- 31.2 percent involved speed with speed involved in 35 percent of fatal crashes.
- 35.7 percent resulted in injury
- 5.4 percent involved deer
- 80 percent of fatalities occurred on dry roads
- 46.9 percent of fatalities occurred during daylight hours
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