Ward & Ward is a personal injury, car accident, and wrongful death law firm in Indianapolis. Each year our firm draws attention to certain noteworthy statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) who collects and analyzes data from police reports and other likely sources. Fatality reports are published each year by the NHTSA reporting data from the prior year.
2018-2019 Estimated Motor Vehicle Casualties Trending by Regions
The Early Estimate of 2019 Motor Vehicle Fatalities provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that motor vehicle fatalities in Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio (combined under Region 5 analysis), will only drop by 1% after the statistics have been fully analyzed. The northeast U.S. Regions 1 (Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island) and Region 2 (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey), will decline by as much as 8% and 6% respectively.
As casualties decline in most remaining regions including Regions 3 at 2% (Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, DC, North Carolina and Kentucky), Region 6 at 1% (Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi), Region 8 at 6% (Colorado North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado), Region 9 at 1% (California, Hawaii, and Arizona), and Region 10 at 4% (Alaska, Washington, Montana, Oregon, and Idaho). Region 7 (Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas) show no improvement at 0% and Region 4 (Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida) shows an increase of 2% in motor vehicle-related fatalities.
The NHTSA points out that the fourth quarter of 2019 is the eleventh consecutive quarter wherein the overall national fatality statistics have declined. The agency anticipates the final 2019 analysis of contributing factors and implications will be made available before the end of 2020.
Giving Meaning to Motor Vehicle Fatality Statistics
While a consistent decline in trafficway fatalities implies optimism for future studies, how can we personally process the numbers to give meaning to the statistics? Let us look at a few of the finalized numbers of motor vehicle-related deaths from 2018.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2018 the state of Mississippi had the highest number of motor vehicle fatalities at 22.2 traffic deaths for every population group of 100,000 residents. Yet, by virtue of statistical analysis, a number is just a number until it is reduced to a relatable level. So, how is an over-simplified statistic relevant in a humane way?
If Mississippians filled a stadium with 100,000 fans, statistically speaking, a spectator at a 2018 sold-out game could expect 22.2 random faces in the attending crowd to die in a traffic collision within the year.
In 2018, the state of Indiana ranked 23rd in roadway deaths at 12.8 fatalities per each population group of 100,000. Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium has a capacity of 67,000 spectators. In the year 2018, spectators at a full-house Colts venue could expect that 8.58 persons seated in the crowd on that day would die from a motor vehicle-related crash within the year.
A Compassionate Car Accident and Wrongful Death Law Firm in Indianapolis
The attorneys at Ward & Ward Law Firm have more than 95+ years of combined experience in personal injury claims and wrongful death law. Because our practice is limited to tort claims involving bodily injuries and fatalities:
- Our attorneys and legal staff have a sound working knowledge of injury tort claim law
- Our attorneys and legal staff are up-to-date on state and federal legislation that may affect your claim
- Our attorneys unravel and examine all judicial opinions that will affect current and future injury tort claims and lawsuits.
- Our attorneys are respected by other members of the legal community and are skilled negotiators and trial attorneys
Ward & Ward Law Firm is experienced in diverse areas of injury tort claim law. The following is a partial list of our practice areas:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Scooter accidents
- Rideshare accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Nursing home neglect and abuse
- Wrongful death claims
- Medical malpractice claims
Ward & Ward is a compassionate car accident and wrongful death law firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. If you would like to personally speak with a lawyer about your personal injury or wrongful death claim, Call Charlie Ward today at (317) 639-9501 for a free consultation.