5 charts that explain car crashes in Monroe County

An IDS analysis of public data shows a recent uptick in crashes, tracking with national trends

The Indiana Daily Student has published a series of articles about traffic safety in Bloomington after conducting a monthslong analysis of Monroe County crash data, including an interactive map. These are some takeaways from the data.

1. Pedestrians and cyclists are five times more likely to die in a crash than the average rate, and four times more likely to be injured.

Percentage of crashes that resulted in injury or death

2. Severe crashes increased in 2020.

While there were fewer drivers on the road during 2020, crash fatalities rose in Monroe County even as total crashes decreased, following national trends.
Deaths for every 1,000 crashes


3. Weekday afternoons saw the most crashes.

An analysis of Monroe County car crash data shows higher risk of crashing during these hours, while weeknights from 2 to 4 a.m. pose the least risk.
Annual average number of crashes

Data from 2003 to 2021.

Source: City of Bloomington crash data

4. These were the most dangerous intersections.

All of these intersections had at least 30 crashes between 2003 and 2022 that resulted in injury.


5. These were the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians and cyclists.

All of these intersections had at least three reported crashes between 2003 and 2022 that involved people walking or biking.

More information

For more information about how the IDS analyzed crash data, or to download the data yourself, see the public Github repository that includes all our code.