Millions of people are involved in traffic accidents in the United States each year, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these collisions cause $871 billion in economic loss and societal harm. In 2012 alone, more than 2.3 million people were injured in approximately 5.6 million reported traffic collisions across the country. 33,561 people lost their lives in these accidents, many of which are entirely preventable.
Taking a closer look at auto accident statistics can help one gain a clear picture of the true impact these collisions have on individuals and families in the U.S. One can get a better idea of their common causes and can begin to see what can be done to prevent resulting injuries and deaths. As Wisconsin car accident lawyers, we at Cannon & Dunphy S.C. believe in increasing awareness of the serious effects motor vehicle accidents have on people of all ages and in all walks of life. The following statistics have been gathered to help you learn more about these collisions.
The following 2013 traffic accident statistics were reported by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV):
In looking at the above statistics, we can see that drunk driving and speeding are two of the leading causes of traffic fatalities in Wisconsin. Reflecting nationwide statistics, drunk driving and speeding each account for about one-third of all traffic fatalities. We can also see that accidents involving large trucks, pedestrians and bicyclists have high fatality rates. For example, though large truck collisions accounted for 6% of traffic accidents in Wisconsin in 2013, they were responsible for more than 16% of traffic fatalities that same year.
Are you ready to discuss your legal rights in the wake of a car accident? If you were injured or lost a loved one, a Milwaukee car accident attorney at our firm can help you review your options as you pursue financial compensation from the driver or other party responsible for causing the collision. With our legal experience and competence in carrying out accident investigations, we are confident in our ability to accurately determine cause and liability.
Contact Cannon & Dunphy S.C. today.