With a high volume of vehicles on the road and people always in a rush,
the potential for an
auto accident is always present. You may hear of these collisions all the time, with
minor occurrences being referred to as small “fender benders.” While there are a number of crashes that occur and result in minor
damage to the vehicle, there are some that may be more
catastrophic, not only damaging the vehicles involved, but resulting in significant
death to drivers and passengers.
In 2013, California had a reported 156,909 injury collisions that resulted
in 223,128 individuals sustaining an injury. There were also 2,853 fatal
collisions resulting in the death of 3,104 people. This total number was
a big increase from 2010, when there were 2,715 reported deaths from 2,500
fatal collisions. With 0.91 fatalities per every 100 million miles traveled,
these statistics are cause for concern. What causes these types of crashes,
though? How did the total number of fatalities decrease from 3,107 in
2013 to 3,074 in 2014, and how can we continue this trend?
The California Office of Traffic Safety breaks down some of the important
stats involved in the traffic accident numbers from both 2013 and 2014,
revealing some of the more common causes. One of the highest reported
causes of traffic collisions in California is impaired driving. This includes
both alcohol and drugs as causes of impairment. In 2013, there were 883
fatalities associated with alcohol impaired-driving, equaling 28% of the
total number of fatalities in the state. While this is lower than the
national average of 31%, it is still too high and is a significant concern
on the road.
Similarly, drug-impaired driving was present in 32% of all drivers tested
after a fatal crash. This percentage is of those tested for both legal
and illegal drugs.
Another major cause of traffic collisions is lack of occupant protection.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 65 of
the total 470 known fatalities involving unrestrained passengers would
still be alive if they had taken the proper safety precautions and used
their seat belts. In 2013, passenger vehicle occupant fatalities involving
children ages 0 to 4 were at 14. The following year, there were 21 fatalities.
This is a serious concern, as it means there are plenty of individuals
not following the laws and buckling their seat belts to prevent serious
injury in case of a collision.
Unfortunately, car crashes can have disastrous consequences, with many
traumatic brain injuries, amputations,
spinal cord damage, and more. There are life-altering — and sometimes life-threatening
— consequences when someone else’s negligence causes a car
crash. Because of this, it is important for victims to understand their
rights and know what options they have to seek compensation to cover medical
expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and more.
How a Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney Can Help You
At Biren Law Group, our
Los Angeles car accident lawyers understand the sensitivity of these matters. Most victims are dealing
with the physical, emotional, and financial struggles associated with
their injuries. They need someone on their side who is dedicated to helping
them right the wrongs they have endured. We aim to create a strategy based
on your needs and use our experience — four decades’ worth
— to protect your rights. Our goal is to help you seek the compensation
and justice you deserve.
Call Biren Law Group and learn what sets us apart, as well as how we can help your potential claim.