Getting the Message About Traffic Fatalities

We think about traffic accidents when they make front page news or happen to someone else. Until recently, few commuters could say how many people died on Illinois roads each year. But because of a campaign by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), that has changed.

On July 5, 2012, in response to a sharp increase in Illinois traffic fatalities from the prior year, IDOT launched a public awareness campaign aimed at providing motorists with a running record of the number of people killed during the year in traffic accidents. While any traffic fatality is one too many, IDOT has real reason for concern. The number of people dying in Illinois traffic accidents increased two percent from 2009 to 2010, from 911 to 927. In 2012, there were 957 traffic fatalities, compared to 918 in 2011.

Auto accident statistics are particularly tragic. Not just a number, each digit represents a mother, father, sibling or friend who died in a probably preventable accident. As Chicago personal injury attorneys, we pursue compensation for motorists seriously injured or killed by the negligence of others.

By increasing public awareness of these numbers, IDOT hopes to keep highway fatalities down. Anecdotal evidence points to a drop in highway fatalities after IDOT began publicizing the number of yearly traffic deaths across highway message boards. Even on their website, IDOT is trying to get the message across. As of this writing, there were 222 roadway fatalities this year.

When driving, stay alert and obey the rules of the roads. If involved in an accident, get good medical help and then seek an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney.