Might fatalities be less common out on Illinois’ roads than in many other parts of the country? A recent report found the state to have one of the nation’s lower motor vehicle fatality rates.
According to the report, in 2016, there were 8.5 deaths per 100,000 people on Illinois roads. This was lower than the national rate, which was 11.6. It put Illinois in the top 10 for lowest rate among states, with Illinois being 10th lowest.
Illinois also did well in this measure compared to its neighbors. Illinois’s rate came in lower than the rates of all of the states it shares a border with.
What do you think is the biggest contributor to Illinois’ comparatively low traffic fatality rate?
Of course, it is important to remember that the state still has a lot of room for improvement on this front. Anyone losing his or her life out on the road is a tragedy, and in 2016 there were still over 1,000 traffics deaths in Illinois. What area do you feel it is currently most important for Illinois to improve in when it comes to traffic safety?
And fatalities are not the only terrible things that can happen out on the roads. Every year, many people here in Illinois are hurt in traffic accidents. Sometimes, such injuries are relatively minor. Other times though, they have life-changing implications. Whatever injuries a person suffers out on the roads, it is important for him or her to get appropriate medical care and promptly learn about his or her legal rights.