Posted in Crash Fatalities on October 30, 2018
Driver safety remains a major issue in Oklahoma, and it only seems to be getting more serious every year. We wanted to see how many motor vehicle crash deaths occur in the state, along with a closer look at any underlying causes or factors contributing to these increasing numbers.
In order to do so, we created an Oklahoma crash fatality visual dashboard with data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting (FARS). This allows a more detailed breakdown of fatal crash data in the state.
- Oklahoma had a total of 683 fatalities in 2016 – a 12.3 percent increase from 2015.
- There were 180 fatalities that involved alcohol – 26 percent of all fatal crash deaths in the state.
- There was a significant increase in traffic fatalities across all vehicle types, with the highest occurring among pedestrians – a 25.3 percent increase from the previous year.
- 235 fatalities fell in the 25-44 age range – 34 percent of total traffic fatalities that year.
Why We Did This
At Bryan & Terrill Law, we are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our community. Although being aware of total crash fatalities may be useful, it does not necessarily provide enough data to effect positive change to Oklahoma’s roads. By presenting a deeper breakdown of this data in a straightforward visual format, we can put more emphasis on troublesome areas that deserve more attention.
Ultimately, this dashboard may be a valuable asset to improving safety on Oklahoma’s roads.