According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), 41 traffic deaths occurred during the month of April 2017 which, coincidentally, is identical to the number of deaths that occurred during the month of April in 2016. This figure is up slightly from the average number of April travel deaths over the last five years, which is 38. April 2014 was the safest April in history in Wisconsin, with only 25 traffic fatalities. As of April 30, 2017, the total number of traffic deaths is 143, which is slightly down from the number of deaths as of this date last year. The deaths so far this year include six motorcyclists and 17 pedestrians.
David Pabst, Director of WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety, warns that with warmer weather and children out of school for the summer, traffic will definitely increase on Wisconsin roadways. Therefore, drivers should be particularly careful to avoid traffic violations and accident during this time of year. Likewise, Pabst stresses the importance of always requiring everyone in the car to wear seatbelts, as over half of the traffic fatalities last year involved individuals in vehicles who were not wearing seatbelts. Unrestrained drivers were most likely to suffer fatal injuries in traffic accidents, by far, followed by unrestrained passengers.
With the beginning of warmer weather, WisDOT officials also note that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. According to WisDOT, over 550,000 Wisconsin residents have a motorcycle license or permit. WisDOT is reminding drivers to look twice for motorcyclists, as there are likely to be many more bikes on Wisconsin roads, especially starting this month. Since motorcyclists are much smaller than typical vehicles, they are often easy to overlook or end up in your blind spot. Take extra care, especially when changing lanes, to make sure there are no motorcyclists in your path.
Boller & Vaughan are experienced Madison personal injury lawyers who know Wisconsin law and know how to effectively represent your interests in any personal injury claim stemming from a traffic accident, whether it involves a motorcycle, semi-truck, or a passenger vehicle. Contact our office today and learn how our attorneys can help ensure that you receive the compensation in your case to which you are entitled.