Roadway Deaths on the Rise in Illinois

In 2012, the total number of roadway deaths increased by 4 percent, the Chicago Tribune reported on January 8. In the second half of the year, an awareness campaign was launched that had a running tally of traffic casualties on highway message boards. The campaign seems to have been effective:  the number of roadway deaths decreased somewhat after the electronic signs started displaying the 2012 death toll. "I can't point to that and say (the signs were) the reason. But obviously, raising awareness helps us in that campaign," said State Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider.

 According to Illinois Department of Transportation, the signs have been received mainly well by the general public. Some have criticized the signs suggesting that they may distract drivers trying to concentrate on traffic. The fatality figures will continue to be displayed throughout the year and will began showing this year’s figures in a few weeks.

Three people have died in separate crashes in the state this year, which is less than last year by the same time. Overall, there were 957 fatalities in 887 accidents on Illinois roads in 2012. About 150 of these involved motorcyclists, marking over 15 percent increase over 2011. Of the nearly 900 accidents, 243 took place in Cook County, up from 213 in 2011. In most of the collar counties, roadway deaths were likewise on the rise.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a crash and has become injured, you may be entitled to compensation. Make sure that you will receive maximum compensation from your automobile accident claim. Contact a highly capable car accident attorney in Illinois as soon as possible.

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