Contrary to National Trend, California Drivers Get Worse
Overall, Americans seem to be improving their driving skills. In 2011,
the number of fatal collisions dropped to the lowest it has been in more
than 60 years. Recent federal transportation data indicates that only
32,367 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2011, a decrease of
1.9 percent from 2010.
Although the nationwide trend has been positively moving towards fewer
fatal car accidents, not all of the information is as praiseworthy. Additional
research indicates that a startling number of drivers have actually fallen
asleep at the wheel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released
an alarming statistic that one in four U.S. adults has admitted to falling
asleep at the wheel. This statistic is especially disturbing since as
high as 33 percent of traffic accidents involve drowsy drivers.
California Drivers Don’t Follow Trend
Unlike the national decline, the state of California has experienced a
2.6 percent increase in the number of fatal
traffic accidents. In fact, California had the second highest number of automobile fatalities
in 2011, with a total of 2,791.
Furthermore, fatal incidents involving pedestrians continue to be problem
in California. A recent study concluded that in Los Angeles, pedestrians
accounted for almost one-third of all traffic fatalities. This statistic
is almost triple the national average.
California Takes Action to Address Problem
Recently, cities such as Los Angeles have started focusing on the safety
of their pedestrians. Los Angeles recently created a position, "Pedestrian
Coordinator," to oversee pedestrian safety. The primary responsibility
of the Pedestrian Coordinator is to improve the conditions of public services
used by pedestrians.
Moreover, Los Angeles also started a new campaign in its fight against
pedestrian fatalities. With support of the city's mayor, the Watch
the Road Campaign was initiated to decrease the number of all types of
traffic accidents in California. For instance, the city is currently in
the process of updating all of its crosswalks so that they are more visible
to pedestrians. The hope is that these bold features will make drivers
and pedestrians more aware of foot traffic on the roads.
Although the state's efforts to decrease traffic fatalities are honorable,
it is undeniable that the negligent conduct of many other parties contributes
to such accidents. As the studies indicate, an astonishing number of drivers
are actually falling asleep while operating a moving vehicle and engaging
in other distracting dangerous behaviors.
Seek Legal Help Following an Accident
If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in an automobile accident
caused by someone else's negligence, you are entitled to not just
compensation, but justice. You should promptly contact an experienced
personal injury attorney with a proven track record of handling and trying
major injury cases. You will need an advocate who can assist with a prompt
investigation to obtain evidence to prove liability and will present your
damages in an effective manner to secure maximum recovery.
Be sure to
reach out to our Los Angeles injury lawyers if you have more questions.