Study: Crash fatalities increased over a 5-year span in Illinois

ROCKFORD (WREX) — A new study says crash fatalities in Illinois have gone up.

According to a new study from Esurance, crash fatalities went up from 991 in 2013 to 1,096 in 2017, an 11% increase.

In 2017, 1,096 people died in crashes, according to the study. The number one cause of traffic fatalities in the state was speed, which was 42.2% of deadly crashes.

Driving under the influence had 27.3% of crashes while distracted driving had 7.2% and drug-related crashes had 3.8%.

Over the five year period, percentage of alcohol realted fatalities decreased from 32.7% down to 27.3%. Meanwhile, the number of distracted driving crashes increased from 5.6% to 7.2%.

To view the full results of the study, click HERE.

Andrew Carrigan

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