Report: Milwaukee County tops the state in auto fatalities

People sometimes lose their lives in traffic crashes out on Wisconsin’s roads. Unfortunately, Milwaukee County is the home of a sizable portion of these tragedies. A report suggests that it generally sees more than any of the state’s other counties.

The report reviewed traffic statistics covering the 2000 to 2015 period. These statistics were from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

From this review, the report estimated how many motor vehicle fatalities occurred in each state over this period. It also identified which county in each state saw the most such deaths.

According to the report, there were 10,849 traffic deaths in Wisconsin during this time.

Of these, 8.42 percent happened in Milwaukee County. With a fatality total of 914, Milwaukee County led all Wisconsin counties in traffic deaths.

So, Milwaukee County is no stranger to the great harm that can come from motor vehicle accidents.

Fatal auto accidents can be triggered by many different things. This includes unsafe conduct by motorists, such as:

  • Speeding
  • Failing to obey traffic lights and stop signs
  • Drunk driving
  • Drugged driving (this can happen with illegal drugs or legal medications)
  • Distracted driving, such as texting or other cellphone use while driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Tailgating
  • Being careless when passing vehicles or making turns

What types of dangerous driving do you feel are most common here in Milwaukee County? How safe do you generally feel out on the county’s roads? What would you most like to see drivers in the county do to help make things safer on these roads?

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