Oklahoma Traffic Fatalities, Injuries Decline in 2013

Oklahoma Car Crash Trends: Part 1

There are three groups of people who have a very personal motivation to advocate for reductions in traffic crashes and fatalities in Oklahoma:

  • The loved ones of those who have died or suffered serious injury due to a traffic accident,
  • Law enforcement officers and other emergency responders who day-in, day-out rush to tragic scenes to aid those who have been in an accident,
  • Lawyers, to whom injured victims often turn after an accident to get the help they need to obtain rightful compensation to reconstruct their lives.

As a Oklahoma City personal injury lawyer who provides counsel to Oklahomans who have suffered serious injury or lost a loved one in a traffic mishap, I have a passionate desire to see our Sooner State have fewer car crashes, fewer injuries and fewer traffic fatalities.

The good news is that newly released data shows that Oklahoma is in fact making progress when it comes to highway safety. However, we still have lots of work to do.

Free Online Resources

The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, part of the Department of Public Safety, recently released vehicle crash statistics for 2013. OHSA’s statistics are voluminous and revealing, and they are all available online, including:

  • City Crash Facts: 2013,” a 73-page supplemental book that provides crash data for the 76 cities and towns in Oklahoma with populations of 5,000 or more.
  • Data Facts Sheets: 2013,” which offers 37 more pages on selected crash topics, including holiday crashes, unsafe speed, child passengers, teen drivers, senior drivers, motorcycle crashes and crashes involving large truck crashes.

That’s almost 500 pages of facts and figures about safety on Oklahoma highways and roads. Does anybody actually read all that information?

Well, I did. Most of the people who plow through these statistics probably work with nonprofits or government agencies related to traffic safety. I applaud any organization dedicated to making our roads safer. However, those organizations can’t help but approach these stats with the desire to find data that supports their chosen cause.

Somebody needs to take an unbiased look in search of ideas and insights that may be overlooked. That’s what I did in February and March in a five-part blog series titled, “Why Is Oklahoma’s Traffic Fatality Rate So High?

That’s what I undertake again here, with this multi-part blog series on Oklahoma’s 2013 traffic fatalities and injuries.

190 Crashes a Day

Oklahoma had 69,400 traffic crashes in 2013 (in this data, “crash” means a traffic event that resulted in a fatality, injury or $500 or more of property damage). That’s 190 crashes a day throughout our 77 counties.

Those crashes resulted in 678 fatalities and 33,700 serious injuries. That’s tens of thousands of broken lives and broken hearts. However, the numbers are an improvement over the previous year (708 fatalities and 36,500 injuries in 2012).

Thus, injuries are down 8% and fatalities down 4%. Oklahoma’s 678 traffic fatalities took the lives of 451 drivers, 154 passengers, 61 pedestrians and 13 bicyclists.

Here are some other stats about Oklahoma car crashes, including some you might not have expected:

* Males are 49% of Oklahoma’s licensed drivers but 53% of drivers involved in crashes, and 72% of drivers killed in crashes. I don’t know if that means men are driving more than women, or if we men really are that much more reckless behind the wheel than women.

* More crashes occur in the months of October, August, November and May, in that order.

* More crashes happen on Fridays; the fewest on Sundays and Saturdays.

* 50% of Oklahoma car crashes occur on city streets. I’m surprised it is only 50%, since 65% of Oklahoma residents live in cities. Rural roads have fewer drivers but just as many car crashes.

* People fear driving at night or in bad weather, but 72% of traffic crashes happen in broad daylight, and 62% happen when the weather is clear. Almost 1 out of 10 accidents happen during the early evening rush hour starting at 5 o’clock.

More Information about Car Accident Fatalities, Injuries

We have provided a wealth of information on this website about Oklahoma car accidents, traffic fatalities and highway safety. A good place to start is the content and links provided by our Oklahoma City car accident attorney.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or you have lost a loved one in a car accident, we are here to help you obtain the compensation you need as you try to put your life back together. Get in touch with us for a free consultation. Call Hasbrook & Hasbrook at 866-416-4737, or send an email (cth@hasbrooklaw.com) or use our online contact form: Contact Us.

Coming Next

In the next posts of this series, I will share and comment on stats regarding: