Deaths related to car accidents have declined in at least 40 states, including Illinois, said a recent survey by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA). While this winter in Chicago we have seen many car accidents, deaths, and wrongful death lawsuits filed due to icy road conditions, overall, Illinois car crash deaths have declined by 16 percent. The main reasons cited for the decline are high gas prices during the first half of the year and general economic difficulties in the second half of the year leading people to drive less. Other reasons include an increase in seat belt use and enforcement of traffic laws, and a trend in drivers reducing speed to improve fuel efficiency. Read the full article about the decline in car accident deaths.