Although the 2013 crash statistics for Wisconsin are still being compiled for the state, transportation experts have already found something surprising: the number of fatal accidents is on the decline. According to their findings so far, the country has not seen numbers this low since World War II, leaving some to wonder what this could mean for the future.

Experts from across the nation have spoken up about what they think is causing the decline in fatalities. But while many have weighed in, no one can seem to pinpoint one single factor that is causing the number of fatal car accidents to drop.

While some credit this to cars with better safety features, some say it might have a lot to do with the changes Wisconsin has made to its roads and how people operate vehicles on them. Wisconsin lawmakers are enforcing stricter distracted driving laws, roadways are getting facelifts to become safer, and the Department of Transportation says that an increase in seat belt use is also saving more lives.

But while all of these improvements are certainly making the roads safer for other drivers, readers of our blog know that accidents can still happen. There is still a chance that another driver will become distracted by their cell phone while driving or that someone will choose to drive drunk in the state, all of which can lead to serious and/or fatal accidents in the end.

Though these types of crashes cannot always be stopped and victims cannot always be protected from serious injury or death, experts in the state can continue to inform victims and their families about their rights after an accident, especially when it comes to compensation. While readers of our blog are well informed about seeking compensation for injuries, other people across the state may not know that they can get help from an attorney after accidents take place. Getting this information out may be just as important as preventing the accidents in the first place.

Source: The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, “Crashes, traffic fatalities wane in Wisconsin,” Lydia Mulvany, Aug. 4, 2013