Car accidents are a leading cause of injury and death across the nation. In 2016, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation reported 129,051 crashes in the state. Of these accidents, 97,461 lead to property damage. However, 31,066 of the crashes caused 43,669 individuals to be injured. There were also 524 fatal crashes which caused 588 deaths, an increase from the previous year.
For individuals injured in car accidents or for families who lost loved ones in crashes, working with an experienced Wisconsin personal injury and wrongful death attorney is essential. By partnering with the attorneys at Studinski Law, LLC, car accident victims and their families can pursue the compensation they deserve. Call us today at (715) 343-2850 to begin the claims process.
Major Factors in Accidents
Many single- and multi-vehicle accidents happen because of drunk drivers. Too much alcohol in a person’s system decreases their ability to operate a vehicle safely. It can make them drowsy, unable to identify hazards, and can decrease their motor control and reaction time. In 2016, Wisconsin witnessed 5,153 alcohol-related crashes. These caused 2,933 alcohol-related injuries and 143 deaths.
Speeding is also a major factor in Wisconsin car accidents. There were 19,540 speed-related crashes in 2016, which led to 8,250 speed-related injuries and 186 fatalities.
In addition to drunk driving and speeding, many wrecks occur in construction zones.. Wisconsin had 2,811 construction zone crashes in 2016. This resulted in 1,112 construction zone injuries and nine fatalities.
Urban v. Rural Streets
There is a difference in crash rates based on the type of street and environment. Rural and urban environments rarely have similar accident, injury, and fatality rates. In Wisconsin, urban city streets saw the most crashes at 48,008. The next highest amount of crashes was on rural state highways with 25,007 accidents. This was followed by 19,019 urban state highway crashes and 13,847 county highway crashes. Rural city streets saw the fewest accidents with only 4,219 crashes in 2016.
Fatalities by County
One of the benefits of Wisconsin is that it offers residents and visitors a wide-variety of environments. From quite lakesides to busy cities, you can always find exactly what you want.These different environments and populations lend themselves to different rates of car accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
The counties with the highest number of fatalities in 2016 were:
Milwaukee County – 73
Dane County – 38
Waukesha County – 27
Rock County and Walworth County – 23 each
Columbia County – 20
In 2016, Chippewa, Green Lake, Pepin, and Washburn Counties had only one car accident fatality per county, while Menominee, Rusk, and Trempealeau Counties did not have any fatalities.
Wisconsin 2017 Car Accident Statistics
As of mid-June, Wisconsin has had 239 fatalities from 217 crashes. At this time last year, Wisconsin had witnessed 245 traffic-related deaths in 217 different crashes.
Recovering Compensation After a Car Accident
If you were injured in a car accident in Wisconsin, you may have the right to seek compensation. The law entitles you to compensation for your physical, psychological, and financial injuries if the crash was more than 50 percent the fault of one or more other drivers. As long as you were less than half at fault, you can pursue compensation from the at-fault driver for:
- Medical expenses
- Wage loss
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of society and companionship
- Property damage
Most car accident claims are resolved through insurance settlements. When you know the crash that injured you was another driver’s fault, you can make a third-party claim against that driver’s insurance policy. While the claim process may occasionally go quickly and smoothly, it helps to have an experienced Wisconsin car accident lawyer by your side to prevent any delay, unfair dealings, or low-ball offers.
When Car Accidents Lead to Fatalities
When tragic crashes occur, families are often left with the financial burden along with their grief. A loved one’s death can be even more difficult when that person was the primary income earner for the family or the primary caretaker of the children. The loss of a spouse and parent can be devastating to a family’s finances for years to come. Because of this, families of those killed in car accidents may wish to pursue compensation through a wrongful death claim for:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of financial contributions
- Loss of inheritance
- Loss of society and companionship
Contact Our Wisconsin Car Accident Lawyers Today
At Studinski Law, LLC, we understand the prevalence of car accidents does not make them any easier to deal with. It is always a surprise when you are injured in a crash or lose a loved one. That is why our personal injury and wrongful death lawyers provide you with strong yet compassionate service. We are here for you in every way, from listening to your worries about the future to aggressively fighting an insurer or defendant for the compensation you deserve. Let us help you. Call today at (715) 343-2850.