Like all states, Illinois experiences ups and downs in traffic accidents, hit-and-run accidents and pedestrian injuries. The state of Illinois seems to be similar to other states in that deaths and accidents are trending downward. Also, like other states, alcohol, weed, and drugs contribute to many, many accidents each year. The state government gathers these statistics and reports on them regularly. Illinois Department of Transportation statistics show the frequency and the consequences of motor vehicle accidents, and broken led glass in the state.
Driving is Dangerous, but Getting Safer:
There are 2 or 3 fatalities on Illinois roads every day, when cyclists and pedestrians are included. Traffic fatalities have been declining since a peak in the mid-1990s. Illinois state death statistics show the annual figure has been in the 911 to 998 range for at least 10 years, following a peak of over 1,477 in 1996. Many serious accidents still happen around the state each year.
In 2015, there were a total of 313,316 motor vehicle accidents reported to the state. That’s an average of 858 crashes per day, many with injuries. There were 91,675 injury accidents in 2015, which is almost 300 per day. Those statistics cover all types of private and commercial vehicles, plus cyclist and pedestrian accidents. All of those accidents were expensive in terms of property damage and medical bills, costing the state approximately $7.4 billion in 2015.
In 2015 three types of crash accounted for a large fraction of all traffic accidents. Rear end crashes (90,955) were the most common single kind of accident by a wide margin. Turning accidents (48,891) and collisions with parked vehicles (37,686) were the second and third most common types of crash. The frequency with which drivers rear end other cars and hit parked vehicles suggests that inattention on the road is probably a major issue.
The Most Dangerous Times and Places:
Driving at night tends to be much more dangerous than driving during the day. For example, over 60% of crashes with deer happened at night. Of course most crashes with other vehicles happen when traffic is heaviest, during the morning and evening rush hours. The hours of midnight through 3;59 am saw almost 20,000 crashes in 2015 even though traffic would be very, very light at that time.
Work zones are relatively dangerous places. Drivers may think workers are safer because of things like reflective vests and warning signs. State law also requires drivers to slow down or move over for parked vehicles. In spite of those facts, work zones accounted for 2.0% of crashes and 4.0% of fatal crashes.
Pedestrians and motorcyclists accounted for significant numbers of accidents and injuries. Motorcyclists were injured or killed 2,643 times in 2015, even though motorcyclists account for a tiny percentage of all road miles driven that year. Pedestrians aren’t really hit that often, but there were 4,798 pedestrian injuries and deaths in 2015.
Crashes Have Common Causes:
Motor vehicle accidents have a wide variety of causes from blown tires to black ice to drunk driving. The State of Illinois collects statistics on factors that contributed to crashes. Weather, alcohol consumption, mechanical failures, and reckless driving all contribute to crashes, as do animals. Approximately 5.1% of crashes in 2015 were caused at least in part by deer in the roadway. Speed was a factor in 32.2% of all crashes in 2015, making it second to impairment by drugs and alcohol.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol contributed to or caused more accidents that any single cause. State DUI statistics bear this out. From 2005 through 2014, the percentage of alcohol-related accidents varied from a low of 27% in 2010 to a high of 47% in 2010. Most of the percentages where over 40. It is not possible to say what other factors played a role in those accidents, speeding or bad weather for example.
In short, many of the state’s thousands of injury accidents are caused by drinking and by inattention. This is the only way to explain so many crashes while turning, parking, or approaching an intersection. If you are injured in a traffic accident where the other driver was at fault, it is important to discuss your case with a nyc personal injury attorney as soon as possible.