The U.S. Department of Transportation has released data from its Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) for the year 2011. In all, 32,367 people were killed in car accidents on U.S. highways and roads.
Washington State Data
We looked at the FARS data and gleaned some of the following facts for Washington State
In a state of approximately 6,830,038 million people, Washington had 424 fatal car accidents in 2011 and 457 fatalities. Compare this with 2010 when there were 420 fatal car accidents and 458 fatalities. The death rate per 100,000 people was 6.7%. Washington state has one of the lowest death rates in the nation per 100,000 population with only Massachusetts (6.1%), New York (6.0%), Connecticut (6.1%) and Rhode Island (6.3%) with a lower car accident death rate.
Washington state has been working really hard at reducing the number of drunk drivers on the highways. The state did not always report the blood alcohol content (BAC) of a driver involved in a fatal automobile accident to FARS but, in the cases where reported, it is estimated that in 38% of the fatal car accidents, the driver had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher.
Washington state continues to lead the nation in seat belt compliance with 98% of drivers and front seat passengers buckling up. The FARS data shows that in approximately 35% of the fatal motor vehicle crashes in Washington state, the person killed was not restrained by a safety belt.
In Washington, 30% of the traffic fatalities occurred in urban areas while 69% of the fatalities occurred in rural areas.
While we did not see an appreciable decline in car accidents deaths in 2011 in our state, Washington had a pronounced decline in the previous decade.
Bellevue Law Office Represents Families of those Killed in Car Accidents
The Farber Law Group knows that losing a family member in a car accident is a devastating event and one life lost is one too many. We represent families who have lost a family member in a car accident with any legal claims they might have after the accident.
Washington state has a wrongful death statute which allows the family who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another seek compensation on behalf of their loved one. While money can in no way ameliorate the loss of a loved one, it may help with funeral expenses, medical costs and help families who have lost a primary breadwinner.
We also represent people who have been seriously injured in accidents caused by drunk drivers or by the negligent act of another.
If you are seeking legal advice, contact The Farber Law Group for a free and confidential case evaluation. Call us today at 1-800-244-9087 to schedule an appointment with an attorney.
2009 car accident statistics reveal 33,808 fatalities