Where, when and why do auto accidents occur in California?
If you need help at the time of a car accident, Lluis Law’s expert lawyers can guide you on what to do in these cases and help you during the administrative and legal process that follows before the insurance company or the court. Our attorneys have more than 40 years of experience in representing these types of cases here in Los Angeles.
Did you know that only 12 percent of all car accident deaths in the United States are recorded in the state of California? This alarming number of accidents that are increasing each year, is due to various causes without that until now the government authorities have been able to alleviate this public health problem.
According to the California Officce of Traffic Center, during 2016 there were a total of 44,207 accidents in the state with fatalities and injured people. In 2018, the figure tended to slightly decrease to 48 people dead per 100,000 inhabitants, below the national average (65 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants).
In California, culpable homicide (wrongful death) in automobile accidents is the leading cause of unintentional death. Despite awareness campaigns to prevent drivers from driving distracted, drunk, speeding and respect the rules of the road.
Other consequences of car accidents in California are the serious injuries they leave, the incapacitation of hundreds of people and the material damages. If the drivers assumed correct behavior and were more aware of the damage they cause when driving in a reckless manner, many of these deaths and damages could be avoided.
But reality dictates that in the meantime you have to deal with these tragic and unforeseen events, which are part of the daily lives of Californians. It is best to be prepared and know how to act in case of an accident, making sure you have the right legal help and the necessary medical treatment in case of injuries.
Where do more car accidents happen in California?
In 2016, more than 490,000 reported car accidents were recorded in California, of which 3651 were fatal and more than 278,000 were injured. This gives an idea of the seriousness of the situation and of the losses in compensation that these accidents cause.
In the state of California, Los Angeles County has the highest number of people killed or injured with 82,437 cases registered in 2016. The counties with the highest incidence of car accidents with deceased persons are: Los Angeles (630 deaths), Orange (185), Riverside (225), San Bernardino (264) and San Diego (201).
In Los Angeles during 2015, the number of car accidents reported was 52,000 and amounted to 55,350 in 2016.
When do auto accidents happen?
Statistics show that most automobile accidents occur during night hours and on weekends. In relation to accident deaths, available national data indicate that in 2016, 6.3 percent of deaths occurred during the night compared to 5.3 percent during the week. While on weekends there were 5.9 percent of accidents with dead people, against 4.8 percent of tragic accidents during the day.
This indicates that driving during the day and during the week is safer than doing it on weekends and during the night. Another curious fact is that collisions that occur in rural areas tend to be more tragic that happen in the city. The first explanation is that the speed of movement of vehicles is greater on these roads than on urban roads and the crashes are usually frontal against other vehicles, objects or animals.
Why do accidents happen?
The causes of car accidents in California are similar to the rest of the country, however, the most common are the negligence and recklessness of drivers driving distracted, speeding, tired or under the influence of alcohol or the drugs. At least one third of drivers who crash in the United States do so while they are drunk or drugged.
Distracted driving is the leading cause of accidents in the United States, because according to statistics 80 percent of the crashes are due to some type of distraction. In the United States, distracted driving takes the lives of more than 3,000 people a year and leaves thousands more with serious injuries.
Checking text messages or talking on the phone, not having your eyes fixed on the road, turning around to look for things in the back seat, eating or drinking while driving, are some of the many mistakes that drivers make.
If you or a family member is involved in one of these unpleasant events, you should call an expert personal injury lawyer to advise you on what to do in the event of a car accident. After discussing the case, the lawyer will tell you how to act and how much you could stop right in a claim or lawsuit for personal injuries and damages.
Call now the lawyers of automobile accidents and personal injuries of Lluís Law for a free consultation. Our attorneys can help you with your claim or claim for damages. Our telephone number is (213) 320-0777.
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