10 fatal crash statistics every Illinois teen driver should know

10 Fatal Crash Statistics Every Illinois Teen Driver Should Know

Does your teen driver know the most recent data involving fatal crashes? Parent involvement is a key factor in improving teen driver safety. Parents are the unofficial “driving coaches” who help their teens learn to drive and lead the licensing process. Ensure your teenagers understand the responsibility that comes along with earning an Illinois driver’s license. 

Interested in learning more about teen driver safety? Read, ‘5 Common Causes of  Car Crashes and How to Avoid Them’ or join us in celebrating 2019 Teen Driver Safety Week by participating in our week-long giveaways!

10 Important Statistics Related to Fatal Crashes

  1. Illinois had 943 fatal crashes in 2018. Of the 258 fatal crashes, restraints were not used or improperly used.
  2. 155 Illinois drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2018 were not licensed.
  3. In the last five years, 2018 marked the highest number of pedestrian fatality involvements, totaling 165 pedestrians.
  4. The number of work zone related crash fatalities has decreased from the previous year, down from 30 incidents to 18.
  5. As of October 21, 2019,  Illinois city streets have the highest number of fatalities.
  6. As of October 21, 2019, Illinois has observed 729 fatal crashes.
  7. As of October 21, 2019, Cook County has had 228 crash-related fatalities.
  8. The CDC reports that distracted driving caused an average of 9 deaths and 1,000 injuries per day in 2018.
  9. Distracted driving is the cause of more than 58% of crashes involving teen drivers.
  10.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), 16-year-old drivers are more than 20 times as likely to have a motor vehicle crash than any other licensed driver.

More information on Illinois specific data related to fatal crashes can be found on the Illinois Department of Transportation snapshot dashboard.

Helping Illinois Teens Become Intelligent Drivers

Top Driver offers classroom driver education and behind-the-wheel training options for Illinois teens using teaching techniques designed to create safe and intelligent drivers for life. We offer the most flexible schedule options for your convenience in this important process. We also offer home pickup in many locations at no extra cost. Find a Top Driver location near you or contact our team with any questions.

Not in Illinois? We also offer teen driver education courses in Michigan and Ohio (online only).

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