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Why Are Traffic Fatalities on the Rise in Illinois?

Lake County car accident wrongful death attorneyThroughout the past few decades, a variety of organizations have been working diligently to decrease the number of traffic fatalities in the United States. From Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), an organization founded in 1980 to increase awareness of teenage driving while under the influence of alcohol, to advertisement campaigns like “Click It or Ticket,” which hopes to incentivize drivers to buckle their seatbelts, these organizations have made monumental strides in decreasing deaths on American roadways.

Despite these efforts, traffic fatalities continue to rise here in the state of Illinois. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there were over 1,000 car accident fatalities statewide in 2016 alone. Despite increased statewide initiatives to decrease drinking and driving, as well as other forms of dangerous or reckless driving, 2016 marked the deadliest year on Illinois’ roadways since 2008. Why the rise?

Increases in Reckless Driving Statewide

In spite of harsh criminal punishments and the aforementioned anti-drinking and driving initiatives, drunk driving continues to be a challenging issue for law enforcement officials throughout the state. According to the Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics report, over 800 Illinoisans were killed in drunk driving accidents throughout 2014. In all, drunk drivers were responsible for 30.4% of highway fatalities in 2014.


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Waukegan personal injury attorneys, motor vehicle accident, rollover accidents, deadly car accidents, car accident injuriesA recent rollover accident has once again showcased the inevitability of tragic rollovers. The driver, a 22 year old Aurora man, was charged with driving under the influence after his vehicle rolled off the road. Fortunately, the driver is in stable condition and no additional vehicles were involved in the accident. Still, in the last month alone, the greater Chicago area has witnessed a number of deadly and severe rollover accidents. 

Unsurprisingly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that rollover accidents are the second most deadly form of vehicular accident, behind only head-on collisions. Because of the violent roll of the vehicle, passengers are likely to suffer severe head and neck injuries. Moreover, those not wearing seat belt restraint systems commonly suffer fatal injuries. If you or a loved one are involved in a motor vehicle accident and suffer injuries due to another driver's negligence, contact an experienced and knowledgeable Waukegan personal injury attorney to discuss your case.

Causes for Rollover Accidents

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