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Peoria County leads region in automotive fatalities

If you are like many people in Illinois, you are watching the development of autonomous vehicles with perhaps guarded optomism. The thought that technology might offer us a means of transportation that is safer than what we have available to us today may be enticing but certainly concerns about the validity of reliability of that technology are real. For the time being, we are left with humans operating vehicles which means that accidents are part and parcel of everyday life to some degree.

In looking at data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it becomes shockingly clear that for residents in Peoria County that everyday reality of auto accidents is greater than in neighboring counties. Between 2012 and 2016, more people died in Peoria County in car wrecks than in any of the six neighboring counties. A total of 83 lives were lost in these five years countywide.

Of those 83 people, 33 were killed in accidents in which excessive speed was a factor and 30 died at the hands of drunk drivers. Some of the deaths may well have involved both alcohol and speed. Eight pedestrians and 22 motorcyclists died in the county in that timeframe. Statewide, the number of vehicular fatalities saw a slight dip from 2013 to 2014 but then climbed for the subsequent two years in a row. 

If you would like to learn more about the true risks of a motor vehicle accident and what you might to do get help after a crash, please feel free to visit the car accident compensation and assistance page of our Illinois personal injury website.

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