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OVERVIEW OF FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES IN ILLINOIS

 

Abstract: This presentation provides data and information on overall motor vehicle related fatalities and injuries during the last three years in Illinois.

 Over the past several years (2003-2013) there has been a downward trend in traffic fatalities, with a slight annual increase in the last three years. In 2003 there were 1,454 people killed in traffic crashes in Illinois. Safety programs such as those that have increased seat belt use and reduced impaired driving have lowered the number of traffic fatalities.

Vehicle improvements including technologies such as electronic stability control have also contributed greatly to reduce traffic deaths. However, during the last three years, Illinois as well as other states experienced significant increases in fatalities. In 2017 Illinois lost 1,098 people in motor vehicle crashes, an increase of 100 people from 998 in 2015 to 1,098 in 2017. This can be attributed mainly to a number of macro level factors including an improved economy, lower unemployment, lower gas prices, and better weather condition during the first three months of 2015 -2017.

The main data sources that were used to produce this poster are the annual safety belt observational survey and national FARS reports. This paper includes other risk factors, such as restraint use, impaired driving, and distraction.

 

Mehdi Nassirpour

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