According to statistics published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 30,057 fatal vehicle accidents occurred in the United States in 2013. Of those accidents, 507 occurred in Wisconsin, where 543 people died in 2013 related to car, truck and other vehicle crashes. That is 9.5 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.

Any number of deaths related to road accidents is too many, but the 2013 numbers are down from 2012. In 2012, Wisconsin saw 549 fatal accidents that killed a total of 615 people.

The 2013 accident numbers are broken down further, providing information about how fatal accidents relate to alcohol use, seat belt use- and type of vehicle. Of all the fatal accidents that occurred in 2013, 292 involved drivers who were killed. The blood alcohol content results are known for 269 of those drivers; according to reports, 101 of the known results were above the legal limit.

Fatal accidents in the state were split fairly evenly between single- and multiple-vehicle accidents, with 269 involving a single vehicle and 292 involving more than one vehicle. The reports indicate that 188 individuals who were killed in accidents in 2013 were not restrained by a seat belt. There were some instances where it was not known whether the person who died was restrained.

The reports also break down what type of vehicle the individuals were riding in. The majority of individual who died were riding in cars and small trucks — 231 were occupants of cars and 142 were in pickups and SUVs. Motorcycle riders accounted for 81 fatalities, bicyclists for 10, pedestrians for 37 and large truck occupants for 8.

Regardless of the type of vehicle involved in an accident, when families lose a loved one in a fatal motor vehicle accident, they have a right to seek answers and possible compensation. If an accident was caused by the actions of someone else, there is a chance grieving families could receive compensation for their loss.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “General statistics,” accessed July 03, 2015