The year is not over yet, but disturbing statistics have already been reported in Illinois and around the nation. The number of car accident deaths is rising around the United States and at home in Illinois.
The National Story
In September 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Safety Council (NSC) each reported an increase in auto accident fatalities across the country. According to the NHTSA, car accident-related deaths were up about 9.5 percent in the first three months of 2015, and according to the NSC car accident-related deaths were up about 14 percent in the first six months of 2015.
What’s Happening Here in Illinois
As of September 24, 2015, the Illinois Department of Transportation reported:
- 656 fatal crashes in Illinois this year.
- 714 accident-related fatalities in Illinois this year.
- 53 more accident-related deaths in 2015 than there were by the same date in 2014.
The year is not over yet, and these statistics will continue to be collected and analyzed. Some reports indicate that the increase in car accident deaths—after years of decline—is a result of having more drivers on the road because of lower gas prices and a better economy. The most common causes of fatal accidents, such as speeding, drunk driving, and distracted driving are likely causing many of the accident deaths reported in 2015.
We hope that the increase in 2015 fatal crashes has not impacted your family directly. However, if you have suffered the loss of a loved one in a fatal crash, then we encourage you to learn more about your family’s rights by starting a live chat with us today.