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Wisconsin traffic deaths near historic low as 2013 numbers compiled

Last was Wisconsin made great gains in improving roadway safety.
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    January 07, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The 2013-14 winter has already been a brutal one in Wisconsin. With no end to the snow and frigid temperatures in sight, and in light of several recent high profile weather-related automobile accidents late in 2013, one might expect there to be a rash of highway fatalities.

However, that does not seem to be the case. On the contrary, with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation scrambling to prepare preliminary totals, it seems that 2013 was one of the safest years on record for Wisconsin motorists.

Fewest roadway deaths in Wisconsin in 70 years

In total, there were 527 roadway deaths recorded in Wisconsin in 2013, eight of which occurred in the final few days of the year. While 527 roadway deaths is certainly not insignificant, especially for those who lost a family member in a fatal accident, it does represent the lowest roadway fatality total since 1944, when there were 526 recorded Wisconsin traffic deaths. Since records have been maintained, that would make 2013 the third safest year for Wisconsin motorists (1943 had the lowest fatality total, at 417).

Considering that people drive many more miles on average today than they did some 70 years ago, the low fatality rate is particularly impressive. Officials were hesitant to point to any one reason why highway deaths were down last year, but a combination of better vehicle safety features, more seat belt use and better highway infrastructure has been credited with causing the general improvement in highway safety over time.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb was also careful to stress the importance of personal responsibility on the road. "We know that the vast majority of serious crashes are caused by bad driving habits and irresponsible decisions," Gottlieb told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Therefore, motorists deserve a great deal of credit for saving their own lives and lives of others by slowing down, paying attention, buckling up and driving sober."

Nonfatal crashes were down in Wisconsin in 2013 as well, with some 19,000 fewer crashes overall compared to the previous year. Both the fatal accident count and the overall crash count for 2013 are only preliminary figures at this point, and officials will release finalized numbers in the summer of 2014.

A Wisconsin personal injury attorney can help in the wake of a car accident

The fact that fewer motorists are being killed and injured on Wisconsin roads is obviously a good thing. Even so, hundreds of Wisconsin residents are still losing family members every year on the road, and thousands more must endure the long-term effects of a serious crash related injury.

If you have lost a family member in a crash, have had a family member injured on the road or if you have been injured yourself in an automobile accident, you may be able to recover compensation from the driver at fault for causing you harm or from his or her insurer. A personal injury attorney can help you pursue your legal claim for compensation, and will ensure that you are not coerced into accepting a lowball settlement offer. Get in touch with a Wisconsin personal injury attorney today to explore your right to compensation if you have been harmed by an irresponsible driver.

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