Have you ever heard you were at fault in a car accident just for being there? While this is a myth, many drivers find that they are partially at fault in an accident because they violated one of the rules of the road.
To help you understand the full details you may not know and perhaps help you understand a little bit more about accident prevention, here is the ultimate guide on car accidents.
A recently published report by the National Safety Council showed that despite increases in vehicle safety, 2015 saw the largest percentage rise in motor vehicle deaths in the past 50 years. The newest 2015 statistics show:
Why? The report cites cheaper gas prices and a stronger economy (increasing travel and vacation rates) meant more people were on the road and thus, in danger of car accident incidents.
Beyond the types of collisions, there are also several common types of car accidents. Knowing the difference will help you clearly communicate what you saw or experienced to the police or a Milwaukee car accident attorney.
Some of the main crash-types in Wisconsin include motorcycle collisions, bicycle collisions and pedestrian collisions. Here is a quick snapshot of the data.
According to the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the 5-year average statistics for car collisions is as follows:
If you've been involved in a car accident, your mind will be thinking about a million things at once. Is everyone okay? Are we safe from danger? What do I do next? To help ease your mind after an accident, just remember these key tips from our team of car accident lawyers, who've seen thousands of car accidents and car accident injuries over the years.
Having photographic evidence of the accident can help improve your personal injury claim. It is helpful for a jury to see the circumstances surrounding the auto accident, including what it looked like and the condition of the vehicles and property damage. It is also helpful for investigators and accident reconstructionists to have a clear picture of your vehicle’s position and damage to the vehicle.
The old phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” means a lot when it comes to documenting your injuries. Showing the jury bruising or lacerations after your accident can help to document how badly you were injured. Additionally, showing medical treatments required, like casts, oxygen and monitoring devices, or assisting devices, such as crutches, wheelchairs or walkers, can help the jury to see the work that went into healing your injuries. Take photographs of your initial injuries butalso monitor the progress of healing.
Weather conditions can sometimes play a big role in your car accident, but you may forget weeks down the road exactly what the road and weather conditions were at the time of the accident. Be sure to take a moment to document the weather conditions. Take photos of standing water, ice or snow. Take a photo of your clock along with the sun, clouds or other prominent conditions.
So what should you consider as you hit the roadways in Wisconsin? Here are some statistics that relate directly to driving in Wisconsin. From crash averages, to weather, and road to light conditions, here are some interesting facts that you should know and share!
Over the last 5-year period, statistics show that there were on average, a total of over 111,000 crashes per year. On average, there were 509 fatal collisions, more than 82,000 collisions that included property damage and more than 29,000 accidents that resulted in injury. Of the more than 111,000 average car crashes, just over 18,000 were consideredspeed related crashes.
Recent auto accident data shows that the most common hit objects are ditches, followed by trees, traffics sign posts and utility poles.
Close behind include vehicles hitting the median barriers, mailboxes and fences.
The data shows that in Wisconsin, deer are one of the most prominently hit objects on the road. Now that shouldn't necessarily surprise you considering the high deer population in the state. Have you ever encountered or hit a deer on the road?
It might surprise you to see that car accidents are most prevalent during day light hours. The vast majority of auto accidents occur when it is light outside, followed by nighttime hours. Dawn and dusk have the lowest amount of car collisions.
So as you head out on the road during the day, make sure you are aware of your surroundings and pay attention to your safety on the road.
December - February
Conditions: Snow, black-ice, slippery roadways, hail, freezing rain
Accident Percent: 20%
March - May
Conditions: Wet snow, sleeting rain, high winds, thunderstorms, fog, flooding
Accident Percent: 20%
June - August
Conditions: Sunny, humid, thunderstorms, heavy rains, flooding, tornados
Accident Percent: 38%
September - November
Conditions: Rain storms, sleet, early snow, frost, fog, blowing leaves and debris
Accident Percent: 22%
According to the Federal Highway Adminstration, in Wisconsin on average, there are more than 5,748,000 vehicle crashes each year. Approximately 22% of these crashes are weather-related. In this data comparison, weather-related crashes are considered crashes that occur in adverse weather or on slippery pavement.
According to a recent study documenting car accident statistics, weather plays an important role in when accidents occur and the fatalities, injuries and property damage that results.
The majority of car accidents that result in injury and property damage happen in clear conditions, which may surprise you.
Accidents in Wisconsin involving cars, trucks and motorcycles happen almost every minute of every day. Our team of car accident lawyers believe in the importance of preparation. So we have created an easy to follow Car, Truck & Motorcycle Accident Checklist designed specifically for your vehicle glovebox.
Print it out and if you follow along with the checklist if you are involved in, or witness, a motor vehicle accident.
The helpful, easy-to-follow checklist includes:
The rules of the road create a minimum standard of conduct for drivers. The rules of the road tell drivers how to drive, where to drive, and what the requirements are for driving various types of vehicles.
Violations of the rules of the road constitute negligence as a matter of law. Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care. By breaking the law and violating a rule of the road, a driver is presumed to be negligent because he or she was not using reasonable care to abide by the rules.
After a car accident, sometimes you just want to recover and move on, but if you’ve been injured, you may be entitled to compensation and help to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Finding a team of car accident attorneys in Milwaukee can be difficult, because the market is saturated with lawyers of all shapes and sizes, with varying levels of knowledge and experience to truly help you and your claim.
Look for a team of lawyers with experience in car accident cases, work injury and medical malpractice, to name a few. Find a lawyer who believes in educating clients on their rights and working with clients to reach a settlement or trial decision in their favor. From the first steps of legal discovery, to jury trial, to the appellate court and even the Supreme Court: our philosophy and the philosophy of my team of personal injury attorneys is to treat every case as if it is going to trial. Try to avoid lawyers who promise a quick settlement. Insurance companies know which lawyers looks for fast results and which lawyers are willing to go the extra mile on behalf of client.
Instead of listening to radio ads and TV commercials that guarantee results (without ever hearing about your case), consider doing your research and finding a car accident law firm that focuses on quality, not quantity. It is important that you meet with a lawyer, not a clerk or an assistant. An experienced lawyer should handle contact with you and your doctors to get the appropriate reports. A lawyer should be handling your case at each step of the way – not a paralegal or a support staff member.
If you've been injured in a car crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and you should not have to suffer alone without support. Our team of personal injury attorneys in Milwaukee is dedicated to helping you understand your legal rights and answer any questions you may have and a free case evaluation is the first step in the process.
Here are four extremely important reasons why you should complete a free case evaluation (follow this link to learn more):
National Safety Council
Wisconsin Department of Transportation. 2013 Wisconsin Crash Facts.
Federal Highway Administration. 2015. Highway statistics, 2014. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Transportation.
State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Final Year End Crash Statistics. 5 Year Data Comparison.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.