2021 Wisconsin car accident death statistics Claims, lawsuits & settlement amounts after traffic fatalities.

Car accident deaths are highest in the warmer months, in part because of a few deadly motorcycle stats. In 2019 motorcycle riders were over 10 times more likely to die in an accident: of all Wisconsin DOT reported vehicle accidents, motorcycles made up 1.3% of crashes but 82 motorcyclists accounted for 13.8% of all deaths.

Most fatal accidents result in only one death. Of the 524 fatal crashes reported in Wisconsin in 2016, there were a total of 588 deaths. This rate of 1.12 deaths per fatal crash was slightly higher than the national average.

Reported Wisconsin car accidents that resulted in at least one injury (31,066) had a 1.7% chance at resulting in at least one death (524 crashes, 588 deaths). Learn more about Wisconsin car accident laws if you were affected by a fatal car crash.

How likely are you to die in a car accident?

In the decade before 2020, car accidents were one of the leading causes of death in Wisconsinites between 1 and 45 years old. 129,051 car accidents were reported in 2016 (the most recent year with car accident statistics available). 31,066 of those crashes resulted in at least one injury (24%). 524 of those crashes were fatal (0.4%), resulting in 588 persons killed. At least 450 people have died per year since 2014: 451 in 2014, 513 in 2015, and 524 in 2016. The statistics of car accident fatalities in Wisconsin make clear that despite improvements in safety technology, car accidents are still a real risk for every Wisconsin driver.

Quarterly Wisconsin vehicle death statistics from the Wisconsin DOT.

How many people die in motorcycle accidents? 

In 2016 in Wisconsin, motorcycles were involved in 2,250 reported crashes, resulting in 82 motorcyclists killed. That's 1 motorcyclist death per 27 reported accidents. Compare that to non-motorcycle crashes – 126,801 car accidents resulting in 506 deaths of non-motorcyclists means 1 death per 251 per reported accidents.  This makes motorcycle accidents are 9 times more fatal than non-motorcycle accidents.

How many people die from drunk driving? 

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there were 5,153 alcohol-related crashes in 2016. These crashes resulted in 2,933 alcohol-related injuries and 143 alcohol-related deaths. This means that there was about one death per 36 crashes involving alcohol in Wisconsin. Drunk driving crashes are only a small fraction of all accidents in Wisconsin, but they tend to be some of the worst. 

How many people are killed by hitting deer? 

The largest percentage of deer-car accidents occur in October and November. In 2017 these months resulted in about 3,000 and 4,000 crashes, respectively. No other month exceeded 2,000, and most were under 1,200.

Deer Monograph 2017 crash data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

What are the chances of dying in a car accident versus other causes in Wisconsin?

According to injuryfacts.nsc.org, the leading causes of death in the US in 2017 were as follows:  heart disease: 1 in 6, cancer: 1 in 7, chronic lower respiratory disease: 1 in 27, suicide: 1 in 88, opioid overdose: 1 in 96, motor vehicle crash: 1 in 103. However, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, unintentional injury was the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 44:

Annual Wisconsin Death Report 2015 from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. 

Locations of deadly car wrecks - Get the stats

48 percent of Wisconsin car accident deaths were concentrated in 10 counties:

  • Milwaukee: 73
  • Dane: 38
  • Waukesha: 27
  • Rock: 23
  • Walworth: 23
  • Columbia: 20
  • Brown: 18
  • Kenosha: 18
  • Racine: 17
  • Outagamie: 14

Wisconsin car and motorcycle accidents

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The ugly truth about injury claims

The most alarming 2020 statistics on car accident deaths in Wisconsin (and anywhere) revolve around the resources invested in denying, deferring and defending against your injury claims. In 2017 there were 5,954 insurance companies in the US, pulling in 1.2 trillion in premiums. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, 328,700 people worked as claims adjusters in 2016 with a median pay of $65,670 per year. Senior claims adjusters (like insurance company actuaries) often pull upwards of $100,000 per year. Insurance companies pay big money to protect themselves from wrongful death attorneys.

Wisconsin drinking facts

Wisconsin has 8 bars per 10,000 people. The state ranks 3rd in most bars per capita behind North Dakota and Montana. In Wisconsin, 26.2% of adults drink excessively, which is the highest rate of any state, according to USA Today. In comparison, the national average of adults who drink excessively is 18%. 

Other car accident death factors & statistics

Despite receiving far looser penalties, speeding kills more Wisconsinites each year than drunk driving. There were 19,540 accidents with a speeding vehicle in 2016 which caused 186 deaths. Though drunk driving accidents tend to be more serious than speeding accidents on average, speeding is still a worse killer. 

Other causes of accidents, like inattentive driving, statistics are incredibly hard to measure due to underreporting, but nationwide studies correlate cellphone usage with increased risk of an accident.

You need a fatal car accident law firm that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. 

Wisconsin Car Deaths by County 2017-2019

County 2017 Accidents 2017 Car Fatalities 2018 Accidents 2018 Car Fatalities 2019 Accidents 2019 Car Fatalities
Adams 483 1 476 2 436 3
Ashland 359 3 316 1 331 1
Barron 876 5 873 7 761 9
Bayfield 401 3 362 2 321 1
Brown 4,173 25 3,986 18 4,350 9
Buffalo 284 0 256 5 251 2
Burnett 312 5 308 6 292 9
Calumet 914 5 847 3 850 1
Chippewa 1,427 12 1,397 14 1,412 6
Clark 552 9 631 6 637 4
Columbia 1,495 6 1,504 11 1,472 9
Crawford 373 1 338 3 321 2
Dane 12,130 32 12,418 41 11,892 25
Dodge 1,581 20 1,756 8 1,722 13
Door 907 1 873 7 930 6
Douglas 858 2 867 3 960 4
Dunn 870 8 812 9 915 5
Eau Claire 2,870 4 2,899 5 3,269 2
Florence 136 1 114 3 95 0
Fond du Lac 2,710 11 2,786 16 2,775 8
Forest 179 2 203 2 213 1
Grant 1,313 8 1,326 5 1,349 10
Green 752 6 848 3 901 4
Green Lake 469 0 454 0 441 3
Iowa 481 3 514 3 566 7
Iron 81 1 84 2 112 4
Jackson 612 6 644 6 611 4
Jefferson 1,848 13 1,962 13 1,901 6
Juneau 828 6 889 11 865 7
Kenosha 4,264 18 4,266 16 4,474 15
Kewaunee 505 3 450 0 439 1
La Crosse 3,532 12 3,776 9 3,882 5
Lafayette 559 5 597 3 575 0
Langlade 532 2 568 2 455 2
Lincoln 866 5 852 2 784 4
Manitowoc 2,377 6 2,189 8 2,329 15
Marathon 3,349 15 3,352 9 3,470 14
Marinette 933 2 980 10 997 7
Marquette 430 6 423 2 396 1
Menominee 36 0 27 0 27 1
Milwaukee 26,494 86 28,478 68 29,594 74
Monroe 1,385 6 1,526 6 1,426 6
Oconto 996 8 866 7 651 8
Oneida 1,026 3 1,007 6 972 7
Outagamie 4,276 20 4,344 12 4,692 16
Ozaukee 1,697 5 1,846 5 1,843 11
Pepin 134 0 125 2 105 0
Pierce 554 7 589 2 619 5
Polk 706 7 719 10 596 11
Portage 1,570 5 1,530 8 1,626 3
Price 192 1 205 2 188 3
Racine 4,867 11 5,356 20 5,172 17
Richland 480 1 469 1 461 0
Rock 4,205 13 4,558 31 4,346 23
Rusk 231 2 229 2 205 4
Saint Croix 2,295 7 2,436 8 2,523 13
Sauk 1,927 11 1,978 12 1,851 9
Sawyer 314 1 336 1 305 2
Shawano 1,499 16 1,481 4 1,547 5
Sheboygan 2,867 11 2,905 9 3,028 11
Taylor 461 1 445 5 391 3
Trempealeau 484 3 559 2 582 1
Vernon 829 3 955 4 824 1
Vilas 557 2 526 2 543 4
Walworth 2,181 21 2,322 7 2,332 15
Washburn 390 3 386 0 356 4
Washington 3,547 7 3,680 10 3,548 12
Waukesha 8,420 25 8,589 25 8,681 18
Waupaca 1,448 8 1,361 6 1,251 11
Waushara 662 7 582 5 585 2
Winnebago 4,218 9 4,208 13 4,216 11
Wood 1,301 11 1,393 5 1,450 10
Total 139,870 594 144,212 576 145,288 550

Data for Wisconsin car accidents & vehicle deaths by county from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation