Washington State Car Accident Statistics

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Motor Vehicle Accident Data For Washington State

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

  • Fatal Crashes in 2016 - 508
  • 2016 Suspected Serious Injury Accidents - 1,896
  • Possible/Suspected Injury Collisions in 2016 - 35,772
  • No Apparent Injury Incidents - 84,161
  • 2016 total Motor Vehicle Accidents - 122,337

2016 Accidents By Type

  • Distracted Driver - 12,314
  • Teen Driver 18,037
  • Pedestrian - 2,433
  • Bicyclists - 1,436
  • Alcohol Involved - 7,151
  • Motorcycle - 2,264
  • Bus - 1,244
  • Large Truck - 3,940

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Washington Fatal Car Accident Statistics​

  • car accident statistics in washington stateAccording to WSDOT data, a motor vehicle accident occurrs every 5 minutes and a person dies due to a car crash every 20 hours.
  • The highest number of crashes occur on Saturdays.
  • The month of November held the highest number of crashes throughout the year. 
  • The WTSC states that there were 508 deaths from car accidents in Washington State for the year 2016.
  • People in the 21-25 age group were the most at risk for being killed in a car accident. 

2016 Fatal Accidents By Type

  • Drunk Driver - 123
  • Distracted Driver - 77
  • Teen Driver Accident-Related - 48
  • Pedestrian Accidents - 89
  • Motorcycle Accident - 77
  • Bicycle Accident - 19
  • Bus Crash - 7
  • Semi-Truck Accident - 32

Serious Injury From Car Accidents In Washington State

  • According to WSDOT, the number of collisions in Washington State totaled 99,709 for the year 2013.
  • King County accounted for 34,587 of these collisions.
  • A person was injured in a crash every 12 minutes.
  • In 2013, there were 848 serious injuries recorded for drivers involved in collisions and 374 serious injuries recorded for occupants of the vehicles involved.

2016 Accidents With Serious Injuries By Type

  • Distracted Driver Accidents - 199
  • Teen Driver Collisions - 226
  • Pedestrian Accidents - 362
  • Bicycle Accident  Injuries - 135
  • Drunk Driving Collisions - 364
  • Motorcycle Collisions - 363
  • Bus Crashes - 14
  • Semi Truck Accidents - 61

Washington State Drunk Driving Statistics​

  • In 2013, half of all traffic fatalities involved an impaired driver. 
  • There were a total of 121 deaths related to drug or alcohol impairment in Washington State in 2013. 
  • In Washington State, a person is killed every two days by an impaired driver. 
  • In 2013, there were a total of 412 serious injuries in crashes involving drug or alcohol impairment. 
  • The rate of impaired driving-related fatalities in Washington State has declined every year since 2009.
  • 121 of the deaths recorded for crashes involving drug and alcohol impairment reported a BAC for the Driver greater than .08.

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Distracted Driving And Speeding Statistics For Washington State

  • According to WSDOT, inattention/distraction was the most frequent contributing circumstance among all collisions.
  • Inattention/distraction accounted for 112 fatalities in the year 2013.
  • An inattentive/distracted driver is involved in a crash every 15 minutes. 
  • A speeding driver is involved in a crash every 30 minutes. 
  • Accidents as a result of speeding accounted for 181 fatalities and 524 serious injuries in 2013.
  • The 16-25 year old demographic accounted for approximately 26 percent of all distracted driving deaths. Senior citizens (70+) accounted for approximately 14 percent of fatalities from distracted driving. 
  • About half (50.5 percent) of all fatalities from driver distraction in Washington State took place on the weekends. 

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References

  • "Annual Collision Data Summary." WSDOT. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), 2015. Web. .
  • "Washington State Ten Years + Current Year Crash Data Summary." Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Apr. 2017. Web.