People in Illinois may have heard that in 2017, more than 4,100 individuals died in crashes that involved large trucks. Seventeen percent of these fatalities were suffered by the occupant of the truck. Sixty-eight percent were occupants of other passenger vehicles, and the remaining fatalities included pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists. These numbers represented a 28 percent increase over what was seen in the year 2009.
Illinois residents may have heard about the deadly highway accident that occurred in Florida in early January 2019. It was a chain-reaction crash that claimed seven lives, and its cause may have been the driver of a commercial truck. Florida Highway Patrol made a preliminary accident report but will need three to four months to complete its investigation.
For Illinois pedestrians, the consequences of distracted driving can be deadly. Both distracted driving and the number of pedestrian deaths due to motor vehicle accidents has been on the rise. While experts say that cars have become safer, the popularity of SUVs means that many vehicles sit higher on the road, potentially leading to more dangerous pedestrian impacts. In fact, pedestrian fatalities have shot up by 49 percent since 2009, which is well above the 11 percent increase in overall traffic fatalities.