You see car crashes on your commute to and from work, hear about crashes in the Wisconsin news, and sometimes you may be involved in a car crash yourself. But do you ever wonder, how many crashes in Wisconsin each year result in injury or death?
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s preliminary data from 2018 indicates that there were 29,951 total crashes in 2018 where one or more occupant identifies an injury on the scene. This works out to about 82 reported injury crashes per day last year. Of those injury crashes, a little less than 2% of those accidents resulted in the death of a person – a total of 575 persons that were killed in 2018.
This preliminary data is very close to Wisconsin’s 2017 crash statistics. In 2017 there were 30,614 total injury crashes. 2017 also saw a little less than 2% of crashes resulting in a death – a total of 594 persons were killed in crashes in 2017.
While the total number of deaths from crashes in 2018 is down 19 from 2017, the number of property damage crashes is up by about 5,003. That is an increase of 4.6% in property damage crashes that 2018 saw, compared to 2017.
There is no way to know for certain what factors led to the increase in property damage crashes and the decrease in injury crashes and persons killed in 2018. It could be continuous improvement in vehicle safety technology, safer driving by the public at large, or drivers simply not seeking medical attention until later and not reporting an injury at the scene. No matter what the factors, Wisconsin in 2018 still saw a staggering total of 41,116 persons reporting injuries from car crashes. Based on the 2017 and 2018 statistics, it can be anticipated that 2019 will see similar results.
Please note that the 2018 Wisconsin crash data is only preliminary data reported by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (D.O.T.).
If you have questions about these Wisconsin crash statistics, please contact the law firm of Lindner Law, LLC at 414-488-6870.
Wisconsin Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) https://wisconsindot.gov.