Each year, hundreds of auto accident deaths take place in Illinois. The greatest number of car accident fatalities are occupants of the involved vehicles. Auto accident victims may be riding in a car, minivan, pickup truck, van or SUV. The chances of becoming a car accident victim are directly related to the size of the vehicle. The smaller the car, the greater the forces on the body. These forces can result in catastrophic injuries or death even when a vehicle restraint system is used.
In 2012, 886 fatal car accidents occurred in Illinois, resulting in 956 deaths. The resulting death rate from motor vehicle accidents was 7.4 deaths per 100,000 people. Of those who died, 43 percent were riding in passenger cars, 21 percent were riding in pickup trucks or SUVs, 1 percent were riding in large trucks and 15 percent were motorcyclists. The remainder of deaths were pedestrians or people riding on bicycles.