The number of deadly car accidents in Illinois is going up again in 2018, early reports show. What is most concerning is the overall trend. If it holds, 2018 will become the fourth year in a row that there have been more deadly wrecks than the previous year.
As of April 2nd, 2018, there had been a total of 236 deadly accidents in Illinois. That number rises every day as multiple fatalities take place.
So far, Illinois has seen 17 more deaths this year than were seen by the same time in 2017.
Parents have expressed concern. One parent had a 15-year-old son and said that the rising fatality rate increased the family’s nervousness about letting him get behind the wheel.
Police are also worried. An officer said that part of the problem is that people just do not really grasp how dangerous driving can be. They do not think of the realities of being involved in a deadly accident. This can lead to dangerous activities like speeding or texting and driving. People have heard that these things are dangerous and often deadly, but if they don’t believe that, they don’t stop.
A state trooper also noted that distraction is more than just looking at a cellphone, even though that’s what many people think of first. Any activity that means a person isn’t thinking about driving and/or isn’t looking at the road can qualify as a distraction.
Have you been involved in a serious accident in which a loved one was badly injured or even killed? If so, make sure you fully understand all of your legal options and your potential rights to compensation.
Source: Fox, “Deadly car crashes on the rise in Illinois for fourth consecutive year,” Amanda Henderson, April 02, 2018