Car Accidents in Washington State Today

Washington State Accident Updates

A driver involved in a car accident in Washington state that results in injury or death of any person or damage to property of any one person greater than $1,000 must make a written report of the accident to the chief of police, county sheriff, or state patrol within four days of the incident. That obligation is waived if a report is made to a law enforcement officer at the time of the accident. 

2017 car accident statsNote: Car accident statistics take time to calculate. We will keep up to date on the latest numbers released. Check back here for the latest Washington state car accident statistics. 

Car Accident Statistics For Washington State

According to 2017 data from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT):

  • Fatal car accidents: 525
  • Suspected serious injury collisions: 1,932
  • Possible/suspected injury collisions: 34,311
  • No apparent injury incidents: 84,225
  • Total car accidents: 120,993

2017 Car Accidents By Type

  • Distracted driver: 11,508
  • Teen driver: 17,385
  • Pedestrian: 2,386
  • Bicycle: 1,205
  • Drunk driver: 8,229
  • Motorcycle: 2,122
  • Bus: 1,203
  • Large truck: 3,940*

Fatal Car Accidents In Washington State

  • According to 2017 WSDOT data, a car accident occurs every 4 minutes and a person dies due to a car crash every 20 hours.
  • Fatal crashes went from 508 in 2016 to 525 in 2017, resulting in the death of 555 people. This number has stayed relatively steady for the past decade. 
  • The highest number of crashes occur on Saturdays.
  • The month of November held the highest number of crashes throughout the year. 
  • People in the 16-25 age group were the most at risk for being killed in a car accident. 

2017 Fatal Accidents By Type

  • Drunk driver: 110
  • Distracted driver: 87
  • Teen driver: 50
  • Pedestrian: 107
  • Motorcycle: 82
  • Bicycle: 13
  • Bus: 3
  • Large truck: 32*

Serious Injury Car Accidents In Washington State

  • According to WSDOT, the number of car accidents with suspected serious injuries totaled 1,932 for the year 2017.
  • Suspected serious injury collisions went from 1,896 in 2016 to 1,932 in 2017, resulting in 2,229 serious injuries.
  • King County accounted for 40,192 (33 percent) of car accidents in Washington state in 2017 and 538 (28 percent) of serious injury collisions.
  • A person was injured in a crash about every 15 minutes.

2017 Serious Injury Accidents By Type

  • Distracted driver: 201
  • Teen driver: 201
  • Pedestrian: 356
  • Bicycle: 102
  • Drunk driver: 365
  • Motorcycle: 372
  • Bus: 19
  • Large truck: 61*

*Large truck accident data is for 2016.

 

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