Residents in Illinois unfortunately know that every time they get in their vehicles, go out for a bike ride or a walk or even just attempt to cross a street, they face the risk of being hit by a reckless driver. From people who choose to drive while texting or when they are too tired to people to refuse to find other modes of transportation when they want to drink, there seems to be no end to the factors that contribute to so many serious and even fatal accidents on area roads and highways.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding and alcohol continue to claim numerous lives in Illinois. In fact, the number of vehicular fatalities associated with these factors alone increased in 2017 for the fourth consecutive year. In 2014, the state lost 302 people at the hands of drunk drivers. In 2017, alcohol was a stated factor in the deaths of 349 people. Excessive speed was a factor in 349 fatalities in 2014 and of 462 fatalities in 2017.
In DuPage County specifically, 36 people were killed by intoxicated drivers between 2013 and 2017. Drivers who were speeding killed 71 people in those same five years. Overall traffic fatalities in the county rose for four straight years from 24 in 2014 to 40 in 2017.
If you would like to learn more about the steps you may be able to take after your or a loved one have been in an accident caused by a drunk or speeding driver, please feel free to visit the crash assistance and compensation page of our Illinois personal injury website.