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COVID-19 Drives Washington Vehicle Accidents Down 67%

Updated on: 6/25/2020

Coronavirus drives down car accidents in Washington State

Summary
The team of top-rated car accident lawyers at Davis Law Group analyzed weekday (Mon-Fri) motor vehicle accident data as reported to the Washington State Patrol for the third week of March in both 2019 and 2020.  Dates ranged between March 18-22, 2019 and March 16-20, 2020.  Report includes data for 37 counties; 161 cities; and 75 highways in Washington State.

  • 67% reduction in weekday MVAs statewide
  • 78% reduction in weekday serious injury accidents statewide
  • 75% reduction in weekday accidents in King County
  • 55% reduction in weekday accidents in Pierce County
  • 76% reduction in weekday accidents in Seattle
  • 49% reduction in weekday accidents in Tacoma

See data statewideby number of vehiclesinjury severitycountycity; or highway

Coronavirus Causes Dramatic Reduction In Automobile Accidents In Washington

In cities and counties across Washington state, vehicle traffic on roads, highways, and interstates has fallen dramatically over the past few weeks as the local officials recommended that residents stay in their homes and workers telecommute if possible, to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

As businesses and schools have closed drivers have stayed off the roads and traffic jams have virtually disappeared.  The number of cars and trucks on the roads has drastically declined. And so has the number of motor vehicle accidents.

Davis Law Group analyzed and compared 2019 and 2020 Washington State Patrol weekday collision data for the third week of March and found that the number of car and truck accidents in Washington state has dropped sixty-seven percent (67%) year-over-year. The number of chain reaction crashes, involving three or more vehicles, has fallen by seventy percent (70%).  Serious injury accidents are down by seventy-eight percent (78%) and fatal collisions are down one-hundred percent (100%) year-over-year for the third week of March. 

Reductions In Washington Motor Vehicle Accidents By County

King, Pierce and Snohomish counties have seen a tremendous reduction in the number of motor vehicle collisions as compared to the same week on 2019.  Weekday accidents in King County fell by seventy-five percent (75%).  Pierce county saw a fifty-five percent (55%) reduction in the number of crashes.  And in Snohomish County accidents for the third week of March were down seventy-four percent (74%) year-over-year.

Cities Across Washington See A Reduction In Collisions During COVID-19

Last week many people noticed that there seems to be little or no traffic flowing through downtown Seattle during rush hour.  As a result Seattle saw a seventy-six percent (76%) drop in the number of vehicle accidents year-over-year.  Tacoma saw a forty-nine percent (49%) reduction in crashes.

Roadways & Interstates In Washington State Are Safer During COVID-19 Crisis

Across the state, from Seattle to Spokane the number of crashes during the third week of March on Interstate 90 fell a staggering eighty-one percent (81%).  And from the Canadian border to Oregon accidents in Washington State along Interstate 5 fell seventy-nine percent (79%).

All Accidents In Washington State - 3rd Week of March - 2019 & 2020

Year

Accidents

% Change

2019

       2,014

 

2020

           656

-67%

Injury Severity - Vehicle Accidents - 3rd Week of March - 2019 & 2020

Injury Severity

2019

2020

% Change

Minor Injury Collision

468

188

-60%

Serious Injury Collision

32

7

-78%

Fatal Collision

12

0

-100%

Number of Vehicles Involved - Vehicle Accidents - 3rd Week of March - 2019 & 2020

# Vehicles

        2,019

        2,020

 % Change

                  2

        1,454

           444

-69%

                  1

           361

           152

-58%

3+ 

           199

          60

-70%

MVA Data By County - 3rd Week of March - 2019 & 2020

County

2019

2020

% Change

King

739

183

-75%

Pierce

257

115

-55%

Snohomish

226

58

-74%

Spokane

131

53

-60%

Thurston

82

36

-56%

Clark

66

20

-70%

Whatcom

64

24

-63%

Kitsap

57

17

-70%

Benton

56

24

-57%

Yakima

56

24

-57%

Skagit

45

14

-69%

Grant

29

7

-76%

Franklin

25

8

-68%

Lewis

21

9

-57%

Chelan

18

8

-56%

Whitman

17

5

-71%

Cowlitz

16

12

-25%

Grays Harbor

12

6

-50%

Adams

11

5

-55%

Clallam

11

3

-73%

Walla Walla

11

6

-45%

Island

9

5

-44%

Mason

7

2

-71%

Pacific

7

1

-86%

Jefferson

6

3

-50%

Asotin

5

0

-100%

Douglas

5

0

-100%

Kittitas

5

2

-60%

Okanogan

5

1

-80%

Pend Oreille

5

0

-100%

Stevens

3

2

-33%

Columbia

2

0

-100%

Garfield

1

1

0%

Klickitat

1

1

0%

San Juan

1

0

-100%

Skamania

1

0

-100%

Wahkiakum

1

1

0%

MVA Data By City - 3rd Week of March - 2019 & 2020

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City

2019

2020

% Change

Seattle

327

78

-76%

Tacoma

119

61

-49%

Spokane

99

40

-60%

Everett

67

19

-72%

Kent

55

13

-76%

Bellevue

53

10

-81%

Vancouver

47

17

-64%

Bellingham

46

17

-63%

Puyallup

41

13

-68%

Federal Way

38

8

-79%

Renton

36

16

-56%

Tukwila

36

8

-78%

Auburn

35

10

-71%

Lakewood

34

12

-65%

Lacey

33

6

-82%

Lynnwood

32

7

-78%

Bremerton

30

10

-67%

Bothell

29

1

-97%

Olympia

29

19

-34%

Yakima

28

16

-43%

Marysville

25

14

-44%

Kennewick

24

19

-21%

Spokane Valley

24

9

-63%

Richland

23

2

-91%

Pasco

22

7

-68%

Redmond

22

2

-91%

Moses Lake

21

5

-76%

SeaTac

21

3

-86%

Mount Vernon

21

4

-81%

Burien 

19

4

-79%

Fife

16

7

-56%

Monroe

14

0

-100%

Issaquah

13

2

-85%

Kirkland

13

3

-77%

Pullman

13

4

-69%

Snohomish

12

1

-92%

Edmonds

12

3

-75%

Shoreline

12

3

-75%

Poulsbo

12

2

-83%

Port Orchard

11

1

-91%

Centralia

11

5

-55%

Tumwater

11

6

-45%

Wenatchee

10

7

-30%

Anacortes

10

1

-90%

Longview

10

7

-30%

Sumner

10

1

-90%

Arlington

9

2

-78%

Sunnyside

9

1

-89%

Lake Stevens

8

1

-88%

Mill Creek

8

3

-63%

North Bend

8

1

-88%

Burlington

8

7

-13%

Mukilteo

8

1

-88%

Walla Walla

7

4

-43%

Shelton

7

2

-71%

Battle Ground

7

3

-57%

Ferndale

7

2

-71%

Fircrest

7

0

-100%

Othello

7

4

-43%

Union Gap

7

0

-100%

Yelm

6

3

-50%

Oak Harbor

6

5

-17%

Mercer Island

6

2

-67%

Port Angeles

6

2

-67%

Port Townsend

6

3

-50%

Leavenworth

6

1

-83%

Mountlake Terrace

6

2

-67%

DuPont

5

0

-100%

Bonney Lake

5

8

60%

Clarkston

5

0

-100%

Enumclaw

5

0

-100%

Lynden

5

5

0%

Toppenish

5

0

-100%

West Richland

5

0

-100%

Blaine

5

0

-100%

Carnation

5

0

-100%

East Wenatchee

5

0

-100%

Ellensburg

5

1

-80%

Kelso

5

0

-100%

Liberty Lake

5

1

-80%

Long Beach

5

0

-100%

Newport

5

0

-100%

Aberdeen

4

2

-50%

Buckley

4

0

-100%

Camas

4

0

-100%

Colfax

4

1

-75%

Sammamish

4

3

-25%

Bainbridge Island

4

3

-25%

Des Moines

4

4

0%

Maple Valley

4

0

-100%

Napavine

4

1

-75%

Omak

4

0

-100%

Ridgefield

4

0

-100%

Woodinville

4

4

0%

Roy

3

2

-33%

University Place

3

1

-67%

College Place

3

0

-100%

Edgewood

3

1

-67%

Elma

3

0

-100%

Ephrata

3

1

-67%

Hoquiam

3

3

0%

La Center

3

0

-100%

La Conner

3

0

-100%

Prosser

3

0

-100%

Airway Heights

2

0

-100%

Gig Harbor

2

6

200%

Kenmore

2

0

-100%

Milton

2

0

-100%

Algona

2

0

-100%

Cashmere

2

0

-100%

Chehalis

2

0

-100%

Coupeville

2

0

-100%

Covington

2

3

50%

Dayton

2

0

-100%

George

2

0

-100%

Mesa

2

1

-50%

Pacific

2

3

50%

Raymond

2

1

-50%

Sedro-Woolley

2

0

-100%

Selah

2

3

50%

Sequim

2

0

-100%

Stanwood

2

1

-50%

Tenino

2

2

0%

Castle Rock

1

0

-100%

Sultan

1

0

-100%

Morton

1

1

0%

Mossyrock

1

1

0%

Friday Harbor

1

0

-100%

Langley

1

0

-100%

Snoqualmie

1

1

0%

Warden

1

0

-100%

Benton City

1

3

200%

Cathlamet

1

1

0%

Chewelah

1

0

-100%

Colville

1

1

0%

Deer Park

1

1

0%

Eatonville

1

1

0%

Electric City

1

0

-100%

Everson

1

0

-100%

Forks

1

1

0%

Grandview

1

1

0%

Granger

1

0

-100%

Granite Falls

1

3

200%

Kahlotus

1

0

-100%

Lyman

1

0

-100%

Moxee

1

0

-100%

Normandy Park

1

0

-100%

North Bonneville

1

0

-100%

Northport

1

0

-100%

Ocean Shores

1

1

0%

Okanogan

1

0

-100%

Pomeroy

1

1

0%

Soap Lake

1

0

-100%

Tieton

1

0

-100%

Toledo

1

0

-100%

Waitsburg

1

0

-100%

Westport

1

0

-100%

Winlock

1

1

0%

Woodland

1

4

300%

Zillah

1

0

-100%

MVA Data By Highway - 3rd Week of March - 2019 & 2020

Highway

2019

2020

% Change

I-5

189

39

-79%

I-405

42

7

-83%

I-90

32

6

-81%

SR-167

22

2

-91%

SR-20

18

5

-72%

SR-395

14

1

-93%

SR-99

13

6

-54%

SR-2

12

1

-92%

SR-3

10

1

-90%

SR-512

9

1

-89%

SR-12

8

3

-63%

SR-525

8

0

-100%

SR-527

7

2

-71%

SR-538

7

2

-71%

SR-101

6

3

-50%

SR-7

6

2

-67%

SR-520

6

0

-100%

I-82

6

6

0%

SR-202

6

0

-100%

SR-27

5

2

-60%

SR-9

5

0

-100%

SR-164

5

0

-100%

SR-161

4

2

-50%

SR-410

4

5

25%

SR-510

4

1

-75%

SR-28

4

0

-100%

SR-522

4

0

-100%

SR-509

4

4

0%

SR-518

4

1

-75%

SR-17

4

0

-100%

SR-240

3

2

-33%

SR-16

3

0

-100%

SR-523

3

0

-100%

SR-503

3

3

0%

SR-502

3

0

-100%

SR-524

3

0

-100%

SR-526

3

0

-100%

SR-18

2

5

150%

I-205

2

1

-50%

SR-104

2

2

0%

SR-900

2

0

-100%

SR-14

2

3

50%

SR-305

2

3

50%

SR-195

2

1

-50%

I-705

2

0

-100%

SR-290

2

1

-50%

SR-103

2

0

-100%

SR-204

2

0

-100%

SR-270

2

0

-100%

SR-285

2

0

-100%

SR-96

2

0

-100%

SR-97

2

0

-100%

SR-303

1

0

-100%

SR-504

1

0

-100%

SR-500

1

3

200%

SR-4

1

1

0%

I-182

1

0

-100%

SR-105

1

0

-100%

SR-106

1

0

-100%

SR-108

1

0

-100%

SR-155

1

0

-100%

SR-160

1

0

-100%

SR-162

1

0

-100%

SR-224

1

0

-100%

SR-225

1

0

-100%

SR-24

1

0

-100%

SR-260

1

0

-100%

SR-505

1

0

-100%

SR-516

1

0

-100%

SR-529

1

0

-100%

SR-531

1

0

-100%

SR-539

1

0

-100%

SR-542

1

0

-100%

 

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