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First-Half 2017 Illinois Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident Trends

On August 15, 2017 the National Safety Council (NSC) issued a press release titled “Motor Vehicle Deaths Drop Slightly in First Half of 2017 But Remain 8% Higher Than Same Period Two Years Ago.”  This press release discusses trends in motor vehicle accident fatalities nationally, and an accompanying report provides detail on the state level.

The Chicago Tribune article of August 15, titled “Study:  Illinois traffic deaths continue to climb” discusses the findings of the study and highlights the statistics concerning Illinois.

An excerpt from the article:

A study of traffic fatalities nationwide by the National Safety Council, an Itasca-based safety advocacy group, found that deaths in Illinois went up 4 percent in the first half of 2017, to 516 from 494, compared to the first six months of last year. The national rate dropped 1 percent for the same period.

The fatality rate is up in Illinois by 17 percent compared with the first half of 2015. Nationally, motor vehicle deaths for January through June totaled 18,680, down from 18,930. Still, this year’s total is up 8 percent from the 2015 level.

As to possible causes for this increase in fatalities, as seen in the article:

“We don’t really have a good explanation of why Illinois is bucking a hopeful trend,” said Ken Kolosh, manager of the statistics group at the National Safety Council. He said two factors working against Illinois are that it lacks a motorcycle helmet law, and that Illinois, along with several other states, has increased highway speed limits in recent years.

One of the reasons cited for the overall increase in fatal accidents is distracted driving, as well as other road users who are “distracted,” such as motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.  [note: “distracted walkers” have previously been mentioned on this site.]

Additional details concerning these traffic fatality trends can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


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