In 2020, Illinois highways saw a sharp decrease in drivers. Unfortunately, this didn’t come with a decrease in accidents. New research has shown that the number of people speeding on the roads has actually increased and led to an increase in car accident fatalities.
What are the statistics for car accidents in 2020?
Throughout the United States, the number of car accidents increased in 2020 despite the smaller number of drivers on the road. In Illinois, the number of fatal car accidents increased by 11% in January through March. Speeding also increased by 14%, suggesting that drivers feel that it’s safe to break the law when there are fewer drivers on the road.
By July 2020, over 200 people had died in car and pedestrian accidents in Illinois. Pedestrians were particularly vulnerable, making up 75 of the total deaths. Motorcyclists came in second with 58 fatalities. The study also revealed that 83 of the fatalities were caused by drivers who didn’t have their license at the time. To make matters worse, 119 people involved in fatal car accidents weren’t wearing their seat belt.
The study revealed that most fatal car accidents happened on city streets, accounting for 192 fatalities in 2020. State highways had 142 fatalities while interstates had only 90 fatalities. County roads accounted for 101 deaths related to car accidents.
In 2018, the state of Illinois reported over 300,000 car accidents with less than 1% of these accidents resulting in fatalities. This was a small increase over the number of car accidents in 2017. Nearly a third of the accidents involved drunk driving. On average, over 800 accidents were recorded per day.
What can you do if you’re injured in a car accident?
Everyone has a right to the road whether you’re a driver, pedestrian, bicyclist or motorcyclist. A car accident can be catastrophic for anyone, but it can be particularly devastating if you were a vulnerable pedestrian or bicyclist. The driver deserves to be held accountable for your injuries. An attorney may help you file a personal injury lawsuit against the other party, backed by evidence that shows the severity of your injuries.