2019 Car Crash Statistics for Washington State

Each year, thousands of car crashes happen on Washington’s roads. Taking a closer look at the statistics maintained on Washington Department of Transportation (“WSDOT”) can shed some light on common causes and risk groups.

Washington Car Accident Statistics for 2019

Here are some of the key findings for 2019 crashes in Washington State:

  • 111,449 overall car accidents
  • 506 fatalities
  • 1,942 suspected serious injuries
  • 7,381 drunk-driving related accidents
  • 15,382 teen-driver accidents
  • 10,450 distracted-driving accidents

Car Crash Trends in Washington

Despite the large number of accidents, there are some positive trends in Washington State. Overall crashes are the lowest they’ve been in five years. Drunk driver, distracted driver, and teen driver involved accidents all showed declines. Crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians were down slightly, but more needs to be done to protect these vulnerable road users.

Unfortunately, both serious injuries and fatalities increased slightly from 2018.

Year Total Crashes Fatal Serious Injury Drunk Driver Teen Driver Distracted Driving Pedestrian or Bicycle
2014 107,683 431 1,697 6,335 15,753 10,964 3,469
2015 117,079 498 1,767 6,649 17,571 11,791 3,624
2016 122,396 513 1,898 6,930 18,045 12,326 3,681
2017 121,118 534 1,923 8,197 17,414 11,506 3,431
2018 116,044 492 1,938 7,965 16,474 10,928 3,717
2019 111,449 507 1,942 7,381 15,382 10,449 3,418

Data from WSDOT.

Target Zero: Washington’s Bold Plan

Of course, even one death or serious injury is one too many.

Thankfully, the Washington State Traffic Commission agrees. In 2000, an aggressive plan called Target Zero was launched with the goal of having zero serious injuries or deaths by 2030. Target Zero is a multi-faceted, evolving plan that involves projects, programs, initiatives, and campaigns across the state. Some of the focuses include roadway design, establishing best practices in licensing, and public education.

Avoiding Car Collisions

We all have a part to play to keep our roadways safe. The good news is that most car wrecks are preventable.

The CDC has stated that the following three safe driving measures can save the most lives:

  • Wearing your seatbelt. Over half of all people killed in car crashes do not wear seatbelts.
  • Choosing to not drive under the influence. While deaths from drunk driving have started to decline in recent years, they still account for nearly one-third of all car crash fatalities.
  • Obeying speed limits. Speeding is another risky behavior that results in many collisions and fatalities.

Not surprisingly, drivers who engage in one risky behavior tend to engage in others. For instance, it’s not uncommon to find speeding drivers who are also unbuckled.

Before getting in the car, make sure you are rested, calm, and sober. Learn to create basic driving safety habits, like clearing your car of distractions and wearing your seatbelts.

Call to Action

Even if you are a safe driver, sometimes you still find end up the victim of someone else’s carelessness. If you live in Washington and have been injured in a car accident, our attorneys are here to help. We offer free consultations, and you only pay us if we’re able to win your case.

Our family-owned firm has decades of experience helping car accident victims in Washington receive the compensation they deserve. Please reach out to us if we can answer questions about your legal rights after a car accident.

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