Whether you live, work, or visit Milwaukee, it comes as no surprise to you that serious car, truck, and motorcycle crashes often happen in our city. What you might not yet know is why these accidents happen, where they occur most frequently, and what to do if you are hurt, or a loved one does in a Milwaukee motor vehicle wreck.

Common Trends in Milwaukee Crashes

A report prepared by the Milwaukee Police Department and Department of Public Works and Traffic Engineering found that common causes of fatal Milwaukee accidents often include drivers who:

In 2016, 57 people died in Milwaukee accidents. That was the second-highest number of motor vehicle-related accident deaths in the decade from 2006-2016. That same year, Milwaukee had the highest number of accidents and accident-related injuries since at least 2006.

A Closer Look at Where Milwaukee Accidents Happen

According to the same report referenced above, 56 Milwaukee intersections had 15 or more motor vehicle crashes during 2016. The 10 intersections with the most frequent crashes included:

  • W. Capitol Dr. (STH 190) & N. 51st Blvd. with 41 crashes
  • W. Burleigh St. & W. Fond Du Lac Ave. (STH 145) & N. 35th St. with 41 crashes
  • W. Capitol Dr. (STH 190) & N. 35th St. with 39 crashes
  • W. Capitol Dr. (STH 190) & N. Sherman Blvd. City Signal with 33 crashes
  • W. Fond Du Lac Ave. (STH 145) & W. Locust St. with 28 crashes
  • W. Fond Du Lac Ave. (STH 190) & N. 60th St. with 28 crashes
  • W. Center St. & N. 35th St. with 27 crashes
  • W. Capitol Dr. (STH 190) & N. 60th St. with 26 crashes
  • W. Capitol Dr. (STH 190) & N. 27th St. with 26 crashes
  • W. Burleigh St. & N. 27th St. with 24 crashes

Additionally, 15 or more people were hurt at 18 different Milwaukee intersections in 2016. These intersections included:

  • W. Capitol Dr. (STH 190) & N. 35th St. with 41 injuries
  • W. Capitol Dr. (STH 190) & N. 51st Blvd. with 34 injuries
  • W. Center St. & N. 35th St with 22 injuries
  • W. Silver Spring Dr. & N. 60th St. with 22 injuries
  • W. Burleigh St. & W. Fond Du Lac Ave. (STH 145) & N. 35th St with 21 injuries
  • W. Appleton Ave. (STH 175) & W. Capitol Dr. (STH 190) with 20 injuries
  • W. Fond Du Lac Ave. (STH 145) & W. Locust St. with 18 injuries
  • W. Capitol Dr. (STH 190) & N. 60th St. with 17 injuries
  • W. Mill Rd. (CTH S) & N. 76th St. (STH 181) with 17 injuries
  • W. Hampton Ave. & N. Sherman Blvd. with 17 injuries
  • N. Lovers Lane Rd. & W. Silver Spring Dr. with 17 injuries
  • W. Congress St. & N. Sherman Blvd. with 17 injuries
  • W. Capitol Dr. (STH 190) & N. 27th St. with 16 injuries
  • W. Burleigh St. & N. 27th St. with 16 injuries
  • W. North Ave. & N. 35th St. with 16 injuries
  • N. Teutonia Ave. & W. Villard Ave. with 16 injuries
  • W. Good Hope Rd. (CTH PP) & N. 76th St. (STH 181) with 15 injuries
  • W. Hampton Ave. & N. 60th St. with 15 injuries

Interestingly, of the 57 people who died in 2016 Milwaukee accidents, only four fatalities occurred at the 56 intersections with the most accidents. Specifically:

  • Two people died at the intersection of W. Fond Du Lac Ave. & W. McKinley Ave. & N. 6th St. (STH 145)
  • One person died at the intersection of W. Good Hope Rd. (CTH PP) & N. 60th St.
  • One person died at the intersection of W. St. Paul Ave. & N. 27th St. (STH 57)

Fifty-two people died because of motor vehicle accidents in other Milwaukee locations.

Protecting Your Future

Milwaukee is taking steps to prevent future motor vehicle crashes through a variety of traffic safety programs.

However, the city will not help you if you’ve already been hurt or lost a loved one in a Milwaukee crash.

If this has happened to you recently, then it is up to you to take legal action to protect your rights. You may be entitled to a legal recovery, and our experienced Milwaukee personal injury lawyers are here to help you. Call us or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation in our Milwaukee office, your home, or your hospital room.

Jason F. Abraham
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