Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents are all too common in the state of Wisconsin. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT), there were over 119,000 crashes in the state of Wisconsin in 2014. 451 of these crashes involved fatalities, and another 28,801 involved injuries. Over 90,000 of these accidents involved property damage. All in all, almost 500 people died as a result of motor vehicle accidents in Wisconsin in 2014, and almost 40,000 people were injured.
Two major factors that contribute to accidents involving both fatalities and injuries are alcohol and speed. In 2014, almost 5,000 crashes were alcohol-related, resulting in 162 fatalities and almost 2,700 injuries. Likewise, speed accounted for over 20,000 crashes in 2014, causing 163 fatalities and over 8,000 injuries. As compared with previous years, DOT statistics show that while the number of alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents has generally declined, speed-related accidents have generally increased
The DOT further breaks down the accident statistics according to certain circumstances, as well. 1,183 crashes in 2014 involved pedestrians, and another 925 crashes involved bicycles. There were over 2,000 motorcycle crashes, 39 train crashes, and 588 school bus crashes. Furthermore, 2,274 crashes in 2014 occurred in a construction zone. Large trucks were involved in 7,358 crashes, and deer in over 18,000 crashes.
As a result of these statistics, it is clear that not only are thousands of Wisconsin residents and visiting non-residents involved in motor vehicle accidents each year, but there are many potential personal injury and wrongful death claims that may arise from accidents involving injury or death.
If you or a loved one is seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, or your family has suffered the loss of a loved one to a vehicle crash, you may be entitled to compensation. This inquiry involves determining which party or entity was at fault for the accident, acted negligently, or otherwise caused the accident that led to your injuries or your loved one’s death. At Boller & Vaughan, our Madison accident lawyers can help you with these determinations, and support you through any personal injury or wrongful death claims that you may have.