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Number of Illinois auto fatalities climbs again in 2021

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

The year 2020 was the worst in Illinois history for traffic fatalities. It appears 2021 was even worse, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Illinois had 839 traffic fatalities in 2020. From January 2021 to September 2021, Illinois was on pace to have 993 fatalities for 2021. That is an 18 percent increase, the NHTSA says. And as of February 8, there have been eight more fatalities in 2002 than in 2021.

Car crash scene with patient being worked on by medics

Nationwide, 2021 had “the highest number of fatalities during the first nine months of the year since 2006 and the highest percentage increase during the first nine months in the recorded history of NHTSA’s records,” which goes back to 1975, according to the NHTSA.

The NHTSA says, “Thirty-eight states are projected to have experienced increases in fatalities during the first nine months of 2021 as compared to the corresponding period in 2020.” Two states were unchanged and 10 states are projected to have decreases from 2020.

Idaho is projected to have the highest percentage increase in fatalities (36.4 percent). Nebraska is projected to have the biggest decrease (18.4 percent).

Crash fatalities for Illinois and neighboring states (2021 numbers are projected):

                         2020      2021      % Change

Illinois               839        993        18.0

Indiana             639        699         9.4

Iowa                  247        264         6.9

Wisconsin        463        463          0.0

Kentucky          580        562          -3.1

NHTSA continues to gather data on crash fatalities for 2021 and will publish the results in late April 2022.