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Wisconsin Car Accident Death Statistics

Car Crash Death Statistics in WisconsinThe most alarming statistics on car accident death 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. Those salaries are worth it to statistically-savvy insurance companies because they pay for themselves in claims prevention.

Attorney’s note: Do not sign ANYTHING from the insurance company before talking to a lawyer if a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident. Insurance companies value your claim based on the quality of your attorney. If your case isn’t prepared to go to trial, you get less compensation. Warshafsky employs lawyers who got their start in law years ago working for insurance companies and that IS how they operate. Warshafsky has recovered millions of dollars for victims and families. No fee until you win. Free consultations. Injured? It IS about the money.™

How likely are you to die in a car accident in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin vehicle death statistics
Quarterly Wisconsin vehicle death statistics from the Wisconsin DOT.

Car accidents are 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.

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

Deaths per fatal accident in Wisconsin - Get the stats

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 many people die in motorcycle accidents in Wisconsin? 

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 in Wisconsin? 

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 in Wisconsin? 

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 vehicle collisions Wisconsin statistics How many people are killed by hitting deer in Wisconsin?
Deer Monograph 2017 crash data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Other Wisconsin 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.

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:

Wisconsin leading cause of death statsWhat are the chances of dying in a car accident versus other causes in Wisconsin?
Annual Wisconsin Death Report 2015 from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

 

Wisconsin Car Deaths by County

2016 Wisconsin Car Accidents & Deaths
Wisconsin Counties
2016 Car Accidents
2016 Deaths
Milwaukee
24,938
73
Dane
11,825
38
Waukesha
8,061
27
Racine
4,145
17
Outagamie
4,108
14
Rock
3,888
23
Kenosha
3,881
18
Winnebago
3,877
10
Brown
3,862
18
Washington
3,310
10
La Crosse
3,164
6
Marathon
3,062
9
Sheboygan
2,592
8
Eau Claire
2,341
10
Fond du Lac
2,328
10
Manitowoc
2,114
3
St. Croix
2,075
10
Walworth
1,929
23
Jefferson
1,715
7
Sauk
1,628
7
Ozaukee
1,623
7
Dodge
1,616
12
Columbia
1,400
20
Portage
1,376
2
Waupaca
1,359
5
Chippewa
1,308
1
Grant
1,276
11
Shawano
1,272
3
Wood
1,205
6
Oneida
1,004
5
Door
895
4
Calumet
827
2
Dunn
826
11
Green
816
6
Vernon
814
0
Marinette
796
5
Juneau
775
9
Waushara
732
3
Douglas
722
2
Barron
715
4
Lincoln
681
2
Polk
654
10
Jackson
607
3
Vilas
575
11
Clark
574
10
Lafayette
544
2
Trempealeau
541
4
Kewaunee
525
2
Pierce
484
10
Green Lake
459
1
Richland
456
4
Iowa
427
2
Oconto
419
7
Taylor
409
6
Langlade
409
2
Adams
402
3
Marquette
381
2
Washburn
364
1
Bayfield
347
3
Crawford
343
3
Ashland
290
5
Buffalo
260
3
Burnett
253
4
Rusk
252
0
Sawyer
245
11
Price
193
3
Forest
190
2
Pepin
142
1
Monroe
126
9
Florence
104
0
Iron
69
3
Menominee
36
0

2016 data for Wisconsin car accidents & vehicle deaths by county from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.