Wisconsin Fatal Accident Statistics
Each year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publishes the core outcome measures for fatal accidents in each state. This report provides totals for accident fatalities in ten-year periods. For the period of 2006 to 2015, the state experienced a decrease from 724 deaths to 566 deaths.
Of those who died in motor vehicle accidents in 2015, about 388 were occupants of passenger vehicles. Unfortunately, 167 of these occupants were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The NHTSA estimates that seat belts saved 231 people and could have saved 61 more if all occupants wore their restraints every time they traveled.
Alcohol was a factor in the deaths of 189 people in 2015, and while this is a significant decrease from the ten-year high of 314 deaths in 2007, it is also an increase from the decade low of 165 in 2014. Speeding remained another area of concern, as it was a factor in the deaths of 167 people.
There were about 797 drivers involved in the total number of traffic fatalities. However, the majority of these drivers were adult. About 77 drivers under the age of 21 were involved in crash deaths, in part due to the adoption of the Graduated Driver’s Licenses system. This program allows novice drivers a greater length of time to develop safe driving skills and defensive driving practices before they receive an unrestricted license.
Both motorcycle fatalities and pedestrian fatalities increased from 2014 to 2015, with motorcycle deaths increasing to 81 from 73, and pedestrian deaths increasing from 45 to 57. Of the motorcycle riders who died in motor vehicle crashes, 65 were not wearing their helmets. Sadly, the NHTSA estimates that an additional 24 lives could have been saved if all riders wore their helmets whenever they traveled.
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