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Illinois Traffic Accident Fatalities on the Increase for 2012

Traffic accidents resulting in fatalities are on the upswing for Illinois motorists.

Last week, the Illinois Department of Transportation noted that traffic fatalities in 2012 are up 9 percent from 2011. The reasons why are many. Roughly 10 percent of this year’s fatalities are related to distracted driving, specifically drivers checking text and email messages.

Another group that has seen an increase is fatalities due to motorcycle accidents. To combat this issue, the State Police are initiating a new program called Operation Rogue Rider that targets speeding motorcyclists. They are asking the public to call police whenever they see motorcyclists that are driving too fast.

Lastly, while the poor economy is not seen as a factor as a reason for increase in fatalities, lower fuel prices does contribute to more people being on the road. An increase in traffic leads to more congestion and more opportunities for accidents.

Other factors in the increase are more DUI accidents and wrong-way drivers. One wrong-way accident resulted in the deaths of four people.

Accidents involving motor vehicles can change the make-up of a family and leave occupants of those vehicles in lifelong pain. If you or a loved one knows someone who has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 for professional legal representation.