April saw fewer cars on the road, which, normally, would reduce the number of accidents. This was not the case, however, as fatal crash rates increased during that time. According to AltonDailyNews and information from the National Safety Council, April showed a year-over-year 36.6 percent increase in fatality rates per miles driven. The fatality rate in Illinois rose 6 percent.
Speeders have their day
There were fewer cars on the road in this state, resulting in a drop of 40 percent in the number of miles driven, allowing more people to speed. Congestion of traffic and slow moving flows decrease speed and keep people within safe speed limits. To some drivers, open roads are their ticket to speed.
Your neighbors saw declines in fatalities
Illinois’ neighboring states saw a decline in fatalities over Independence Day; Iowa and Indiana had a 16 percent drop in fatalities. On the other hand, Connecticut had a whopping 45 percent increase.
Seasons make a difference
Holidays in summer tend to have accidents with higher fatality rates. Winter has traffic accidents as well, but the biggest factor affecting the rate in summer is the increased presence of alcohol during summer gatherings.
It isn’t just traffic fatalities that should concern you but the fact that speeding also increases the likelihood of personal injury. If you or your passengers are injured in a motor vehicle accident, an attorney versed in auto accident law might be of help. Medical bills can pile up, and wages from work can be lost; this can cause stress and hardship for people and their families. A supportive law firm might be of assistance and may help recover costs.