Despite significant efforts made to improve safety in vehicles, drivers’ behaviors, and roadways nationwide, fatal accidents still occur throughout the United States on a relatively frequent basis, and fatalities from car accidents remain unacceptably high. In 2014 alone, there were 460 fatal crashes in the state of Wisconsin, resulting in a total of 507 deaths. This figure represents 8.8 deaths per 100,000 Wisconsin residents.
According to statistics provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, 46% of the fatally injured car crash victims in Wisconsin were occupants of a car, while 26% were occupants of a SUV or pickup, 2% were occupants of a large truck, 13% were motorcyclists, 9% were pedestrians, and 1% consisted of bicyclists. Oddly enough, 45% of these fatally injured occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, and 44% were not wearing their seatbelts, facts which suggest that seatbelts are not sufficient to protect vehicle occupants from death or serious injuries in some situations. This data shows that regardless of the safety features available in cars, SUVs, and pickups, including air bags, seatbelts, and the protective structure of a vehicle frame, traffic-related fatalities still continue to occur at an alarming rate.
Other data reveals that 54% of fatal crashes were single-car accidents, whereas 46% involved multiple-vehicle accidents. Of the 265 drivers killed in fatal car accidents in 2014, 33% of those drivers had blood alcohol content measuring more than the legal limit of 0.08%. In the state of Wisconsin, 67% of fatal car accidents occurred in rural areas, where only 33% occurred in urban areas.
All too often here at Boller & Vaughan, we see the devastating aftermath of traffic accidents that resulted in serious or even fatal injuries to our clients. We know how hard these situations are, and how difficult it is to think about legalities when you find yourself in this situation. At our law firm, you will find the Wisconsin traffic accident lawyers to whom you always can turn in this type of situation. While you focus on your recovery and healing, we are here to focus on holding negligent drivers responsible for the injuries that they cause to other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Contact the Madison injury attorneys of Boller & Vaughan today and talk to us about your case for free.