Have you witnessed a car accident recently? There are many car accidents that occur each year and which cause injuries and even fatalities. Statistics show that over 32,000 people die every year in vehicle accidents. In California car crashes accounted for around 3,000 of the deaths. Motorists in Southern California die each and every day in car crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most of these accidents are preventable. That is why we provide you with the following statistics and the major causes of these accidents so that you can avoid them.
The locations of fatal accidents
In 2013, southern California recorded the largest number of deaths resulting from car collisions. The fatalities in Southern California included:
• Orange: 185
• Los Angeles: 630
• San Diego: 201
• San Bernardino: 264
In the United States, over 54% of all the car accidents happen in the rural areas but in California around 61% of fatalities related to car crashes happen in the urban areas. Only 39% of the fatalities take place in the rural locations.
The time most fatal car crashes occur
The most severe car crashes in California in the year 2013 happened in the month of October. In January, the state reported the least number of car accidents. Saturdays and Sundays also produced the most severe car crashes while the fewest deaths associated with car crashes occurred on Wednesdays. The most fatal crashes also occurred in between midnight and noon. The state recorded the least number of fatal crashes between 4.00am and 5.00am while the largest number of fatal crashes occurred between 5.00pm and 6.00pm.
The average number of deaths in fatal accidents
Most of the fatal accidents in California produce a single death. The large number of deaths nationally was 32,719 in 2013 which were largely as a result of motor vehicle crashes which were 30,057. This works out to around 1.08 deaths per every fatal accident. The average number of deaths per every fatal accident in California is similar to the national statistic. The state recorded 2,772 fatal car crashes which resulted to 3,000 deaths or approximately 1.08 deaths in every fatal crash.
The per crash number of deaths in California compared to that in other states
California report the highest number of car crashes compared with the other states mainly because the state has a larger population. Measured per vehicle mile traveled or per capita, California is very far from the deadliest four drivers. In every 100,000 residents, the state recorded only 7.8 deaths from vehicle crashes in the year 2013. This is much better than the national average which is 10.3 deaths in every 100,000 people.
According to statistics, the deadliest states are Montana (22.6), North Dakota (20.5) and Mississippi (20.5). The District of Columbia recorded the lowest number of deaths per every 100,000 people (3.1) and Massachusetts recorded the second lowest number (4.9).
Moreover, California also compare favorably to the other states when deaths are measured per the number of miles traveled. In every 100 million vehicle miles traveled California only recorded 0.94 deaths resulting from car crashes compared to the national average which was 1.11. The worst death rate was recorded in Montana (1.96) and the District of Columbia recorded the least number of deaths (0.56).
What are the major causes of car accidents in California?
Even though there are many different variables which can cause a car accident, there are few factors which show up from time to time. According to statistics most car accidents in the Northern California mostly result from:
• Driving under the influence (DUI)
In 12,000 serious car accidents (over 500 which are usually fatal) which happen each and every year in California, drunk driving is usually the major cause. The car accidents resulting from DUI are easily avoided and also preventable. Drunk drivers should consider alternative means of transport.
• Distracted driving
Distractions in driving may result from using cell phones, eating, reading, and even holding conversations with passengers while still driving. A driver who does this won’t focus on staying on their own lane and won’t be vigilant for appearance of other vehicles.
In over 50,000 car accidents that happen in California each and every year, speeding is usually a contributing factor. In addition to reducing the reaction times (increasing the chances of an accident occurrence), the crashes at high speeds are more likely to cause fatalities and severe injuries.
• Drivers who are not aware of the surroundings
Statistics show that a large part of the accidents which happen in California result from drivers who do not pay close attention to the road when driving. A driver should also pay attention to traffic signals such as stop lights and stop signs and the other drivers.
• Failing to obey the traffic laws
Making illegal U-turns and even following too closely are some of the bad behaviors which cause severe car accidents in California.
• Poor road conditions
The State and local governments are responsible for maintaining roadways conditions throughout. Their failure to address some issues such as sudden elevation changes, potholes and missing guard rails may lead to drivers losing their vehicles and crashing.
• Car manufacturer errors
For every vehicle they produce, car manufacturers are usually held to very high standards since any failure on the parts can cause the vehicle to crash. A crash can lead to passengers and the driver suffering injuries.
The most common injuries suffered in car accidents
Regardless of what caused the car accidents, the injuries are usually the biggest concern. Some of the most common injuries people suffer in road accidents include:
• Cuts and Lacerations
• Broken bones
• Organ damage and internal bleeding
• Paralysis and nerve damage
The injuries resulting from car accidents are usually devastating and may cause disability or death. Furthermore, the cost for the injuries may be too much for the person affected.
The car accidents trends
Deaths associated with car crashes have reduced since peaking at over 54,000 in the year 1974. Even though the number of vehicles on the road has increased, air bags, seat belts and safety technology have made vehicle accidents more survivable. As a matter of fact, the number of deaths per every mile traveled has highly reduced since the year 1921 when 24 deaths were reported per every hundred million traveled vehicle miles. In the year 2013, the number of deaths had reduced to around one death per every hundred million travel miles. However, in California, the number of deaths resulting from vehicle crashes had increased steadily since 2010. Before 2013, the largest number of car crash deaths in California was recorded in 2005.