The State of California is one of the country’s most populous states. Residents and visitors alike are drawn here for the historic attractions and beautiful sceneries. Regrettably, the population density in the state is a contributing factor to the high number of auto accidents that occur each year here. Here, we will take a look at recent reports about California auto accidents.
Quick Statistics Involving California Traffic Safety
The California Office of Traffic Safety reports that over 20,000 people suffered injuries or were killed because of a car accident in 2017. Although a majority of drivers do not plan on being involved in a motor vehicle collision, statistics indicate that thousands of people are seriously injured or lose their life after an accident.
The California Office of Traffic Safety reported the following information for 2016:
- Traffic fatalities increased by about 7%.
- Alcohol-impaired driving casualties increased from 911 to 1,509 in one year.
- Of tested drivers, 15% of drivers killed in automobile accidents tested positive for illegal/legal drugs.
- Motorcycle accident deaths increased 11% between 2015 and 2016.
- Teen auto accident casualties increased 2.7 % between 2015 and 2016.
- Teen driver casualties increased 12.3% in the same time period.
- Pedestrian casualties increased 5.9% between 2015 and 2016.
- Pedestrian casualties involving individuals over the age of 65 increased 13%.
- Bicycle-related deaths increased by about 8% between 2015 and 2016.
Causes Behind Auto Accidents in California
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, about 94% of all accidents are caused because of the vehicle driver while the remaining percentage is attributed to other factors, including the vehicle itself, environment conditions, and other elements.
When it comes to driver responsibility, the NHTSA has categorized liability in the following:
- 33% of the accidents were caused because of decision errors, which include driving too fast.
- 11% of the accidents were caused because of performance errors. This involves poor directional control and falling asleep.
- The remainder is allocated to non-performance and other, which includes driver inattention.
In 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association estimated that distracted-affected accidents accounted for about 10% of all fatal accidents and 18% of all injury collisions. In terms of distraction-affected accidents, 14% of the casualties involved cell phone use.
After a Car Accident, Hire Experienced Legal Support
If you drive in the State of California, you likely are already aware that a car accident can happen in an instant. Even when there is advancements made in technology that help encourage driver safety, accidents continue to happen and when they do, they can leave serious bodily injuries or the death of the victims. When you have been involved in a car accident, one of the most important things you can do is protect your rights and interests; seek the legal support of a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Attorney Albert E. Hirst has many years of dedicated experience helping auto accident victims receive the monetary compensation they deserve following an accident. Auto accidents not only leave bodily harm and property damage, they are also often accompanied by a large amount of medical expenses and other costs. If you were involved in a car accident, seek experienced legal support straightaway.