Washington State Car Accident Statistics

Please keep in mind that car accident statistics take time to calculate and are typically delayed by a year or two. Keep checking back here for the latest Washington State car accident statistics and we will update this page as soon as the latest numbers are released.

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Washington Fatal Car Accident Statistics

  • According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), the state’s traffic fatality rate has declined each year between 2006 and 2010. The rate in 2006 was 1.12 deaths per 1 million vehicle miles traveled, and by 2010 it had declined to .80 deaths per million miles traveled.
  • The WTSC says there were 460 deaths from car accidents in Washington State in 2010.
  • Between 2006 and 2010, people in the 21-25 age group were the most at risk for being killed in a car accident. There were 391 total traffic deaths in this age group during that period.
  • More than 64 percent of all Washington traffic fatalities between 2006 and 2010 were to the driver, while just 22 percent were to the passenger.
  • Over 46 percent of Washington traffic deaths occurred on state roadways between 2006 and 2010, while 20 percent occurred on city streets and 31 percent took place on county roads.
  • July and August were the deadliest months for drivers in Washington State as there were 288 and 297 deaths in those months, respectively.

Serious Injury from Car Accidents in Washington

  • According to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the number of serious injuries from car accidents declined from nearly 3,000 in 2006 to 2,474 in 2010 – a 17 percent decrease.
  • According to WSDOT data, the driver was almost three times more likely to be seriously injured in a car accident than anyone else, including the passenger, pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Again, July and August were the months that experienced the most serious injuries from car accidents in Washington State. There were an estimated 2,785 combined serious injury cases from car accidents in the state between 2006 and 2010.
  • Passenger cars were the most frequent type of vehicle involved in serious injury car accidents (44 percent) in Washington between 2006 and 2010. The pickup/SUV/van category was listed second at 38 percent.

Washington State Drunk Driving Statistics

  • Between 2006 and 2010, there were a total of 1,323 drunk driving-related deaths in Washington State.
  • The rate of impaired driving-related fatalities in Washington has declined every year since 2006, when there were 301 fatalities. That number declined to 230 total DUI-related deaths in 2010.
  • The number of impaired driving-related deaths in Washington State was significantly higher for the 21-25 age group than any other demographic between 2006 and 2010.
  • According to the WTSC, there were far more fatalities from DUI-related accidents in Washington during the summer months than any other season between 2006 and 2010.
  • There were nearly twice as many DUI-related deaths on the weekends as there were during weekdays between 2006 and 2010.

Distracted Driving Statistics for Washington State

  • Distracted driving accidents in Washington State resulted in a total of 758 fatalities between 2004 and 2008. That’s an average of approximately 152 deaths each year.
  • Distracted driving was a contributing factor in more than 25 percent of all fatal car accidents in Washington State between 2004 and 2008.
  • Drivers and their passengers accounted for approximately 90 percent of all distracted driving fatalities between 2004 and 2008. The remaining 9.8 percent of distracted driving-related fatalities were to pedestrians.
  • The 16-25 demographic accounted for approximately 26 percent of all distracted driving deaths. People more than 70 years old accounted for approximately 14 percent of fatalities from distracted driving.
  • Approximately half (50.5 percent) of all fatalities from driver distraction in Washington State took place on the weekends.

For more Washington State car accident statistics, check out the Washington Traffic Safety Commission website.

Chris Davis
Top-rated, award-winning, civil litigation attorney practicing wrongful death & serious injury law in Seattle.