Accident Facts

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) compiles accident rates for the entire United States. The agency closely examines trends in each state to determine the major factors behind accidents occurring in these locations. If dangerous trends are discovered, it can help officials make the necessary changes to prevent serious injuries and fatalities in motor vehicle accidents.

What The Numbers Say

The NHTSA looked at accidents in California over a five-year period. In the report, which ends with 2015 data, the accident rate in the state is somewhat lower than the rest of the U.S.

However, it is not all good news. Fatal accident rates in California have slowly been increasing over the past five years. More people are driving, and more drivers means the potential for more accidents. In large population centers such as San Diego, this number may be even higher due to heavy volumes of motor vehicle traffic.

For many years, the number of people killed in drunk driving crashes in the state had leveled off. There would be a certain number of accidents each year, but there were not any noticeable spikes or declines over the past decade. Recently, this number has slowly gone up, as more people are driving under the influence of drugs and prescription medication. California is almost above the national average of drunk-driving related deaths.

What Accidents Are The Most Dangerous?

When looking at the breakdown of fatal accidents, 35 percent occur in accidents involving passenger vehicles. Roughly one-fourth of all fatalities are pedestrians hit by cars. An additional 18 percent of fatalities result from accidents between cars and pickup trucks and other utility vehicles. Nearly 15 percent of all fatalities involve motorcyclists, and this number has been on the rise recently.

These reports demonstrate just how common accidents are in the state. When you find yourself involved in a crash, it is important to reach out to the attorneys at West Coast United Law. With more than three decades of personal injury law, we can explain the options available to you to help you recover compensation.

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If you have been injured in an accident, we welcome the opportunity to discuss your case with you in a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced lawyers. Call our office today toll free at 800-483-1729. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may also contact us by email to schedule your appointment.