California Reports Increased Traffic Fatality Rates in 2012
Our nation's roads can be a very dangerous place. Some, however, are
definitely more hazardous than others. Take, for example, the case of
California. In 2012, the Golden State had one of the highest number of
fatal car accidents in the country. While fatality rates can vary, California
has been known to boast some of the highest over the years.
Nationwide Car Accident Deaths Increase
In addition to the concerning increase in California, the rest of the country
is also facing unexpectedly high fatality rates as well. A recent report
released by the U.S. government shows that the year 2012 saw an unprecedented
spike in deaths resulting from vehicular traffic accidents. These fatalities
increased 9 percent in the first half of 2012—the largest recorded
increase in traffic fatalities since the government began keeping track
in 1975. Previously, the highest six-month increase was 6.4 percent in
1979. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that
this increase accounted for a tragic 16,290 deaths throughout the year.
While experts and officials are still unsure what caused the spike in
traffic accident fatalities, it has been speculated that an increase of
cars and trucks on the road played a part. The Federal Highway Administration
recently reported that Americans traveled 15.6 billion more miles in the
first half of 2012 than they had in 2011.
Fatalities Increase in California
In 2011, when the national rate of fatal car accidents was at a six-decade
low, the rate of deaths from vehicular accidents in the state of California
remained one of the highest in the nation. Although traffic accidents
decreased in 36 states in 2011, they increased in California by 2.6 percent,
earning the state the dubious distinction of having the second highest
rate of vehicle-related fatalities in the country. Taken a closer look
at the increased fatality rates, a recent study revealed that pedestrian
accidents made up about one third of traffic fatalities in California,
putting the pedestrian fatality rate at three times the national average.
Since this information became public knowledge, the Los Angeles government
has taken action to protect the safety of the city's walkers by hiring
a new pedestrian coordinator who will initiate programs to improve safety.
Relief for Car Accident Victims
If you have been injured in a car accident or someone you love has been
killed due to a reckless driver, you do have options to hold the responsible
individual accountable for their negligence. When you are dealing with
a personal injury or wrongful death case, it is important to retain legal
counsel and representation to ensure you obtain justice and fair compensation
for your pain and suffering. Even if your case seems simple and straightforward,
having a seasoned personal injury lawyer by your side can be crucial for
securing the best possible outcome for your case.
Ready to discuss your case with a Los Angeles car accident attorney?
Call Biren Law Group today.