The first nine months of 2015 were deadly on Wisconsin roads. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s preliminary figures indicate that 424 people died in Wisconsin motor vehicle accidents during the first three quarters of 2015. That is a significant increase over the 364 people who died during the equivalent period of 2014 and the 393 people who died during the first three quarters of 2013.
Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Accident Fatalities Up in Almost Every Month of 2015
The disturbing trend of increased motor vehicle deaths was not limited to particular time of year during the first three quarters of 2015. The summer months of June, July, and August saw slight decreases from the same months of 2014. However, there was an increase in fatalities during the other six months of the year. The largest increases were in April 2015, March 2015, and September 2015.
The National News Is No Better
United States traffic deaths were up 14 percent in the first half of 2015 when compared to the first half of 2014, according to the National Safety Council. Additionally, serious injuries increased by about 30 percent during the same period. If these trends continue, this could be the deadliest year on America’s roads since 2007.
When discussing statistics, it is important to remember that each life is important and that each family is grieving the loss of a loved one. Accordingly, we need to work together to try to prevent Wisconsin car accidents and to support those who are mourning.
We extend our condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one in a Wisconsin car crash so far this year, and we hope that the end-of-year statistics reveal fewer tragedies.