When we were younger, we eagerly anticipated the day that we would pass our driver’s license test. That small plastic card was a big symbol of freedom. As we get older, driving becomes less idyllic and more a matter of practicality — we get in our cars to drive to work and run errands.
When a car accident interrupts this routine, it can be extremely frustrating. Suddenly, you have to deal with another driver and their insurance company, your own insurance company, the doctor’s office, and even your job as you figure out how to get things back to normal. This is when an attorney will be your biggest asset.
Wisconsin Car Crashes
In Wisconsin alone, there was an average of 116,301 car accidents per year between 2011 and 2015. In 2016, more than 86,000 car accidents resulted in property damage, and more than 43,000 people were injured as the result of a crash. A few other interesting data points for 2016 include:
- 524 of these car accidents were fatal, with 588 people dying as a result.
- 5,153 (or 4%) of these crashes involved alcohol in some way.
- 19,540 (or 17%) of these crashes were caused by one or more of the drivers going over the speed limit.
Aside from alcohol and speeding, some of the top causes of car accidents include distracted driving, running red lights, inclement weather, drowsy driving, potholes and poor road quality, and something we’ve all been familiar with at one point or another — road rage.