In 2013, the most recent year for which accident statistics are available, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports that 527 individuals were killed in traffic accidents on Wisconsin roadways. Most fatal crashes either involved a collision between vehicles or a collision between a vehicle and a fixed object of some sort. Not surprisingly, more fatal traffic accidents occurred in highly populated cities, with Milwaukee seeing the highest number of traffic fatalities, followed by Madison. Approximately 35% of the 527 fatalities were alcohol-related, 30% involved excessive speed, 15% involved both alcohol and speed. Nine percent of the fatally injured individuals were either pedestrians or bicyclists. Another 16% of the fatalities involved motorcycle drivers or passengers.
Failure to use available safety measures also contributed to the traffic fatalities in Wisconsin. Over half of the drivers killed were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, and 73% of motorcycle riders killed were not wearing helmets. These facts show that many of these fatalities may have been preventable had drivers and passengers simply used available safety features. All too often, however, individuals do not take the time to be safe, and when they fail to do so, crashes can quickly become fatal. The aftereffects of a fatal accident can be overwhelming, both emotionally and financially. Trying to sort out whether another driver was responsible for the fatal crash tends to be the last thing on the surviving family members’ minds.
We are the Wisconsin traffic accident lawyers to whom you always can turn if your loved one suffers fatal injuries in a traffic accident. No matter how complex or difficult the situation may be, the Madison injury attorneys of Boller & Vaughan are here to advocate on behalf of your loved one and hold negligent drivers responsible for any injury or death that has occurred.