California Car Accident Statistics

California Car Accident Statistics

car crashWith 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 injury or 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 resulting in broken bones, 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.

Car Accident Insurance Claims

According to the infographic provided by Simeone & Miller, LLP, a car accident law firm in Washington DC, accident victims recover, on average, 3.5x more money in insurance payouts when they hire a lawyer vs. those who choose to handle their accident claims without legal representation.

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.


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