Traffic accident fatalities in Illinois are projected to pass 1,000 this year (2016), which will be the first time since 2008 that this level will have been surpassed.
An excerpt from the August 13, 2016 The State Journal-Register article titled “Illinois traffic fatalities on pace for eight-year high in 2016“:
As of Friday, 629 people had died in vehicle, motorcycle, pedestrian and bicycle crashes in Illinois this year, up 50 from the same period of 2015. The increase follows 998 fatalities in 2015, which was the highest number since 1,043 died in 2008. Despite the increase, fatalities remain well below pre-recession levels of more than 1,200 a year.
There are many potential reasons for this increase in those who die in Illinois traffic accidents. The State Journal-Register article mentioned above cites a few factors, including higher speed limits on rural interstates, increased distractions, more miles being driven, and other factors.
The increase in traffic accident deaths has been increasing nationally, although those in Illinois are outpacing the national increases. Another excerpt from the article:
The deadly toll reflects national trends, though Kolosh said fatalities in Illinois are rising faster, even as average miles driven have lagged. The council reported 38,300 deaths nationwide in 2015, up 8 percent from 2014 and the largest annual increase in 50 years.
The article also provides statistics regarding recent-era (from 2006) annual Illinois traffic fatalities, as well as results from a survey regarding driving habits.
Additional details regarding these fatal Illinois traffic accident trends can be seen in article mentioned above, as well as The Southern article of August 16 titled “Illinois traffic fatalities expected to reach 1,000 in 2016.”