During the first seven months of 2012, 559 people died of motor vehicle accidents (including car accidents, truck accidents, and bus accidents) in the state of Illinois, a 17 percent increase, according to state transportation secretary Ann Schneider. Schneider declared her intent to eliminate traffic deaths when she took office, but that goal is slipping away. 918 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2011, down slightly from 2010. Motorcycle accidents accounted for much of the 2012 spike; Schneider noted a 39 percent increase in motorcycle crash deaths. Illinois state troopers are also paying special attention to troublesome intersections and roads where abnormally large numbers of car accidents take place in the hopes that improved signage can help prevent wrong-way driving accidents. McCready, Garcia & Leet represents people who suffer personal injuries in traffic accidents. To speak with a Chicago car accident lawyer, please call us at (773) 779-9885 for a free consultation.