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Data and Statistics

Data about motor-vehicle accidents gives the big picture of the hazard on America’s roadways

Since motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of injury and death for people across all ages, ethnicities, regions, and economic groups, the study and analysis of accident data is a primary goal of regional and national government agencies, to understand the hazards and take steps to reduce the risks of traveling on the nation's roadways.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2009 there were 10.8 million motor-vehicle accidents nationwide, and there were 35,900 fatalities. A more recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that there were 30,057 fatal motor-vehicle crashes in the United States in 2013 in which 32,719 deaths occurred.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motor vehicle crashes have a $871 billion economic and societal Impact on U.S. citizens annually, nearly $900 for each person living in the United States.This extraordinarily high number illustrates the toll that crashes is taking on our nation’s people and economy.

The NHTSA study found that drunk driving, speeding, distracted driving, and lack of seatbelt usage were the major causes of injuries and deaths in motor-vehicle crashes.

Given that fact that the majority of collisions are caused by human behaviors that are preventable, there is hope that these fatality rates can continue to be reduced. With better public education about driving safety, better road design and signage, better vehicle safety features, and better public transportation options nationwide, the trend is moving in the right direction.

While these statistics give the big picture, anyone who has been involved in an accident knows that it is a terrifying and stressful experience. To learn more about how to get legal help after a serious injury collision, it is best to talk with an experienced personal injury attorney who will explain your rights and options.

 
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Klickitat County Public Records Requests

Klickitat County government is organized into separate departments and offices of independently elected officials and department heads. Each department and office is a "local agency" responsible for its own records under the definition found in RCW 42.176.220(1). There is no central office with access and responsibility to maintain and control all records. You can make any request you have for public records by writing to the specific office department head involved. The request should identify the particular record desired with enough specificity so it can be located. Individual county departments may have specific public record request forms available. Copies of the records shall be made at the costs indicated in KCC 1.36.40.

Kittitas County request for public records

Many records are available on the Kittitas County website. Requesters are encouraged to view any documents available on the website before submitting a records request. Persons wishing to inspect or obtain copies of public records of any County agency shall make the request in writing using the County's standard request form and deliver it by U.S. mail, fax, email, or in person. The requester can also fill one out at the applicable County agency. The request should be addressed to the public records officer of the applicable County agency.

Kitsap County Public Records Requests

Within five days of receipt of the request, the County will either: (1) provide the record(s); OR (2) deny the request; OR (3) acknowledge the request and provide a reasonable time estimate for the response. The County will charge a fee of $0.15 per copy plus the cost of mailing. Payment is required before copying or mailing.

Island County Public Records Requests

You can make any request you have for public records by writing to the specific office's public records officer identified below. The request should identify the particular record desired with enough specificity so it can be located. Individual county departments may have specific public record request forms available. Copies of records shall be made at the costs indicated in Resolution No. C-33-96.

Douglas County Public Records Requests

The Douglas County Records Division is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, excluding holidays. Their receptionist handles public contact in person and by phone, transcription and manages the office. Their records technicians process the dissemination of information and daily maintenance of all records, according to strict guidelines provided by law.

FARS Encyclopedia

The Summary page for the FARS Web Encyclopedia is the first thing that visitors will see when visiting this site. This page contains a random statistic drawn from the Traffic Safety Facts published each year by the DOT, a table listing the traffic fatality statistics from this day last year. The left-hand column on the home page contains a random factoid sample from the "Did You Know?" archives. The "Did You Know?" archives contain interesting and relevant statistics drawn from the Traffic Safety Facts, a compilation of motor vehicle crash data collected by the FARS program. These compilations are published every year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.