Washington State Car Accident Statistics

Keep in mind that car accident statistics take time to calculate and are typically delayed by a year or two. Continue to check back here for the latest Washington State car accident statistics. We will keep up to date on the latest numbers released. 

Seattle Car Accident

Washington Fatal Car Accident Statistics​

  • According to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), in the year 2013 a crash occurred every 5 minutes and a person died every 20 hours.
  • The highest number of crashes occur on Saturdays. (WSDOT)
  • The month of November held the highest number of crashes throughout the year. (WSDOT)
  • According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), the state’s traffic fatality rate has declined each year between 2010 and 2013; exceeding expectations and goals set by the department of transportation.
  • The WTSC states that there were 436 deaths from car accidents in Washington State for the year 2013.
  • People in the 21-25 age group were the most at risk for being killed in a car accident. There were 75 total traffic deaths in this age group in 2013. (WTSC)

Serious Injury from Car Accidents in Washington​.

  • According to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the total number of collisions in Washington State added up to 99,709 for the yeat 2013.
  • King County accounted for 34,587 of these collisions. (WSDOT)
  • According to WSDOT data, 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. (WSDOT)

Washington State Drunk Driving Statistics​

  • In 2013, half of all traffic fatalities involved an impaired driver. (WSDOT)
  • There were a total of 121 deaths related to drug or alcohol impairment in Washington State in 2013. (WTSC)
  • In Washington State, a person is killed every 2 days by an impaired driver. (WSDOT)
  • In 2013, there were a total of 412 serious injuries in crashes involving drug or alcohol impairment. (WSTC)
  • The rate of impaired driving-related fatalities in Washington has declined every year since 2009. (WSTC)
  • 121 of the deaths recorded for crashes involving drug and alcohol impairment reported a BAC for the Driver greater than .08 (WTSC)

Distracted Driving and Speeding Statistics for Washington State

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




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