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Wisconsin traffic fatalities increase by 13% in 2015

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, 556 individuals were killed in auto accidents along state roads in 2015. That’s 62 more fatalities than the 494 that occurred in 2014, or a 13 percent increase in car accident deaths. Among those killed in 2015 were 15 bicycle riders, 55 pedestrians, and 77 motorcycle operators.

In a statement that accompanied the release of this data, Bureau of Transportation Safety director David Pabst said, “Warm spring weather, substantial drops in gas prices, and an improving economy in 2015 likely contributed to an increase in the number of vehicles on the road and the miles they traveled.”

Wisconsin Bike Fed program director Jessica Binder also commented on the new information, saying that even if bicycle fatalities rose in 2015, the average number of bicycle fatalities for both 2015 and 2014 remain the same as the five-year average. She noted that “there are relatively low numbers of fatalities that can make yearly fluctuations look big.”

DoT data also showed that Wisconsin had fewer fatalities in the months of June, July, and August of 2015 as compared to the same months during 2014, even though summer months usually have the highest number of traffic fatalities.

Our attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. are dedicated to helping victims of motorcycle accidents in Wisconsin and their families obtain the financial and legal support they need through these difficult times. Speak with a member of our legal team today by calling our offices at 800-242-2874.

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