Illinois drivers travel hundreds of millions of miles on Illinois roads every day. With these many miles being driven on our roadways, one should expect that Illinois drivers are involved in a huge number of car crashes. In fact, in 2014 alone, there were 296,049 crashes involving motor vehicles in Illinois. Over 44,000 of those crashes left someone seriously injured. The Illinois Department of Transportation publishes car crash facts and statistics to inform the motoring public. Some important statistics are highlighted below.
Crashes involving speed accounted for 32.4 percent of the overall crashes, 34.9 percent of the fatal crashes, and 37.4 percent of the injury crashes in 2014.
- 811 traffic crashes occurred per day in 2014
- More than 2 persons were killed per day in traffic crashes in 2014.
- More than 9 persons were injured per hour in 2014.
- 48.2 percent of the fatal crashes occurred during daylight hours.
- 79.5 percent of the fatal crashes occurred on dry roadways.
As you might expect, alcohol-related crashes make up a large number of Illinois vehicle crashes.
Statistics about impaired drivers in this state
- In 2014, 257 fatal crashes involved alcohol
- There were 580 drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2014. 509 of these drivers were tested, 38.9 percent tested positive with a BAC of 0.01 or greater.
- 64% of fatal crashes involving alcohol occurred during the weekend (Fri-Sun).
Motorcycles and Semi-Tractor Trailer Accidents
Unsurprisingly, certain types of vehicles, like motorcycles and semi-tractor trailers, are much more likely to be involved in a fatal crash.
Motorcycle drivers were injured or killed at a disproportionately high rate.
- 1.2% of all crashes involved motorcycles, 13.7% of fatal crashes involved motorcycles.
- Likewise, only 3.9% of crashes involved semi-tractor trailers. However, more than 10% of fatal crashes involve these large trucks.
Distracted driving, which the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration defines as any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating, drinking, fiddling with the stereo, etc., significantly increases a driver’s likelihood of a being involved in a crash. A five-second text at 55 m.p.h. takes your eyes off the road for the length of a football field.
- According to the NHTSA, 3,477 people were killed by distracted driving in 2015.
- In 2015, over 391,000 people were injured by distracted driving.
- Teenagers are the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.
If you are curious about other car crash statistics, check out the data published by IDOT and the NHTSA. Most important, make sure to eliminate as many distractions as you can when getting behind the wheel. Help us make our roads safer for each other and our kids.
Car crashes cases must be filed within a certain timeframe. If you or a loved one is considering filing an action, review the statute of limitations closely. Shannon Law Group, P.C. handles car and truck crashes in Illinois courts and in other courts throughout the country. Feel free to call us at 312-578-9501 to schedule a free consultation.