Speeding is a problem throughout the state of Illinois. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, accidents involving speeding accounted for about one-third of all accidents and more than one-third of fatal accidents and injury crashes on Illinois roads during 2018.
2018 data, which is the most current year available, is consistent with data from previous years. According to a report based on 2014-2018 information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Illinois is one of the top 10 states with a speeding problem. Approximately 40% of Illinois traffic fatalities involved speeding during the five years from 2014-2018.
Some Illinois Counties are Worse Than Others
There are more than 3,000 counties in the United States. Researchers looked at the 30 counties with the most speeding accidents from 2014-2018.
Four of the 30 counties with the worst speeding problems are in Illinois. These counties include:
- Will County, Illinois, where 51.8% of fatal accidents involved speeding
- LaSalle County, Illinois, where 46.8% of fatal accidents involved speeding
- DuPage County, Illinois, where 45.1% of fatal accidents involved speeding
- Cook County, Illinois, where 44.9% of fatal accidents involved speeding
What Makes Speeding Dangerous?
Some people discount the dangers of speeding because it happens so often. Many drivers have exceeded the posted speed limit or a safe travel speed when they are in a hurry, running late, or anxious to get to a destination.
Unfortunately, while speeding is common on Illinois roads, it is also dangerous. Specifically, a speeding driver may more likely to lose control of the car and need a greater distance to stop the car. Additionally, cars traveling at high speeds may cause more significant injuries in a crash than vehicles traveling at lower speeds.
What to Do After an Illinois Auto Accident
If you’ve been hurt or a loved one has died after being in a crash with a speeding driver, then now is the time to contact an Illinois car accident lawyer. Our experienced attorneys will find out exactly what happened and take all of the necessary steps to protect your recovery. Your time to file a car accident lawsuit is limited by law. Accordingly, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.