Brad Pistotnik Law
Abogado El Toro

How Do Kansas' Automobile and Pedestrian Fatality Rates Compare?

How does the traffic fatality rate in Kansas compare to other states? Does Kansas have some of the deadliest roads in America? As of June 2017, the state was averaging one traffic fatality per day. Statewide, there were 175 automobile accident fatalities recorded through May. This represented a 13% increase over the number of fatalities recorded in the first half of 2016 and a 44% increase over the number recorded in the first half of 2015. According to AAA, there were 432 traffic fatalities recorded in Kansas in 2016. Wichita, Kansas has so many accidents on Kellogg or 54 Highway and also on I-235 and I-135 as well as K-96 and K-254 Highway that it amazes us at Brad Pistotnik Law.

The rise in fatality rates in Kansas more than doubled that of the 5.6% national increase the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded in 2016. One reason for this rise that is commonly cited are lower gas prices and an improving economy. As of October 2017, gas prices in Kansas were the fifth lowest in the country and many cities throughout the state recorded prices of less than $2 per gallon. Lower gas prices and more disposable income equate to more drivers on the road. This creates traffic congestion and increases the possibility of accidents.

Drunk driving continues to kill a significant number of motorists and pedestrians. In 2016, there were 10,497 drunk driving fatalities. This represented 28% of the total number of car accident deaths. In 2016, 429 fatalities were recorded in Kansas, 683 were recorded in Oklahoma, 218 were recorded in Nebraska, and 1,082 were recorded in Illinois which has some of the deadliest roads in the country. Of these, 94 fatalities in Kansas, 180 in Oklahoma, 62 in Nebraska, and 315 in Illinois were accidents involving drivers whose BAC was in excess of .08%. Even though drunk driving rates are high, we believe that driving while using a cell phone, mapping and texting cause a higher rate of injuries and deaths.

Pedestrian fatality rates are a particular cause for concern. Nationwide, there were an estimated 5,997 pedestrian fatalities in 2016. This was a significant increase over the 5,376 recorded in 2015 and the 4,910 recorded in 2014. As of 2015, the pedestrian fatality rate in Kansas was 1.06 per 10,000 residents which was significantly less than the national average of 1.75. During the same period, Oklahoma had a rate of 1.74 per 10,000 residents while Nebraska had a rate of 1 per 10,000 residents, and Illinois recorded a rate of 1.17 of 10,000 residents.

Brad Pistotnik Law represents clients who are injured in automobile accidents, truck accident, farm accidents, motorcycle accidents, semi accident, heavy equipment accidents, construction company accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, fleet accidents and all vehicular related accidents in Wichita, Garden City, Dodge City, Liberal, Salina, Colby, Hay, Great Bend, El Dorado, Newton, McPherson, Hutchinson, Emporia, Arkansas City, Winfield, Wellington, Coffeyville, Topeka, Pittsburg, Joplin, Kearney, Kansas City, Goodland, Liberal, Topeka and other cities in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Illinois. Our office pursues compensation for personal injuries, lost wages, loss of consortium, pain and suffering and other damages that car accidents can create. Whether the accident occurred on I-70, I-35, on city streets or the deadliest roads in the state, we gather the evidence needed to establish our client's claims in court.

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