The Peoria Journal Star reported yesterday on newly released vehicle crash statistics unveiled by Illinois road authorities. While not providing information on Illinois truck crashes specifically, the representatives explained that there were fewer than 1,000 traffic deaths on Illinois roadways for the second year in a row.
Overall, this is encouraging news-two straight years of less than 1,000 fatalities has not occurred since 1921. However, the 923 deaths on Illinois roads last year marked a slight increase over the 911fatalities in 2009.
Authorities are citing a variety of state laws in helping cut down on the figure, most notably the requirement of seat-belt usage. In addition, traffic safety initiatives seeking to improve teen driving, encourage safe motorcycle practices, and curb drunken driving may also have played a role. On top of that, increased safety efforts aimed at work zones are being cited as a major factor in the continued downward trend.
Of course all those concerned with the safety of Illinois travelers are aware that nearly 1,000 deaths is still far too high a number to accept. The fact remains that every day several Illinois citizens are killed because of actions that could be prevented. It is imperative that pressure continued to be exerted toward ramping up safe driving practices.
Our Chicago truck crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti are encouraged by these reports but tempered in our understanding of the need to improve even more. Dozens and dozens of families are torn apart every year because of avoidable traffic accidents. Many of those crashes could have been avoided if one driver had better practiced care and caution while behind the wheel. We will continue to fight for all victims of these senseless tragedies.
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