Total fatalities per 100M VMT

Fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (100M VMT) decreased by approximately 47 percent from 0.44 in 2014 to 0.23 in 2018 in the urbanized area and remained below the Illinois fatality rate. In 2018, the 5-year rolling average of the traffic fatality rate in the urbanized area was 0.52 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (100M VMT), which is the same as 2014.

The table and chart below show the fatality rate (fatalities per 100M VMT) for the urbanized area and the State of Illinois since 1999. Note that the urbanized area boundary, defined in the U.S. Census, changed in 2010. The change in the urbanized area boundary affects both the area in which total fatality numbers were counted, as well as the area in which vehicle miles traveled numbers were counted. 

Fatalities per 100M VMT

Year19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Urbanized Area0.53
0.51
0.53
0.74
0.40
0.90
0.56
0.700.820.930.450.560.690.340.560.440.67
0.680.570.23
IL Actual Fatality Rate per 100M VMT1.4
1.38
1.37
1.34
1.37
1.25
1.28
1.18
1.160.990.860.84
0.890.920.940.880.951.011.010.96
Data Source: IDOT City Summaries, IDOT Crash Summaries, IDOT Illinois Travel Statistics Report, CUUATS SCIL Report

DISCLAIMER: The motor vehicle crash data referenced herein was provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Any conclusions drawn from the analysis of the aforementioned data are the sole responsibility of the data recipient(s).  Additionally, for coding years 2015 to present, the Bureau of Data Collection uses the exact latitude/longitude supplied by the investigating law enforcement agency to locate crashes. Therefore, location data may vary in previous years since data prior to 2015 was physically located by bureau personnel.