What Are the Odds of Dying in a Car Accident?
California is home to massive transportation infrastructure to support our large population, including highways, freeways, rural roads, access roads, streets, and more. Many of us drive or ride in either our own vehicles or on public transportation daily to get to and from our desired destinations. With the massive number of drivers and passengers on California roadways, it is no wonder that car accidents can be common, including fatal ones. But what exactly are the odds of dying in a car accident?
Car accidents are among the top three causes of preventable deaths. Over 30,000 people die annually in car accidents in the United States. According to the National Security Council (NSC), the odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash are one in 107. California is ranked as the state with the highest number of car accidents and fatalities caused by vehicle collisions. Our state’s large population brings a high number of drivers to the roadways, which contributes to the high number of fatal car accidents. Of course, any one person’s chances of dying in a car crash will vary from year to year depending on many factors, including how often they drive and overall trends in the locations in which they drive most often. Other important factors that can increase an individual’s risk of dying in a car accident include the age of the driver, the gender of the driver, the driver’s driving habits, drinking and driving, and the type of car crash.
Causes of Fatal Car Crashes
California has one of the worst driving safety rates in the United States. In 2020, the state of California reported 3,723 motor vehicle-related deaths, an increase over the previous year. While many factors can cause or contribute to someone dying in a car accident, some common causes of fatal car crashes include:
- Following too closely
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Disobeying traffic laws
- Distracted driving, including using a mobile device or cell phone while driving
- Driving when fatigued or drowsy
- Reckless driving and road rage
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (impaired driving)
- Road conditions
- Inclement weather
- Driving at night
- Vehicle defects
Dangerous Roadways in California
Fatal car accidents frequently occur on California’s large, sprawling, and congested highways. Many drivers, passengers, and pedestrians are killed each year on California roads due to drivers traveling at high speeds and the issues inherent in driving big commercial trucks. Fatal auto accidents also occur at low speeds on regular neighborhood streets because drivers are often less attentive when driving at slower speeds with less traffic – and many are distracted by their cell phones.
California ranks among having some of the deadliest freeways in the United States. Some of the most dangerous roads in the state of California include the 5 Freeway (also known as Interstate 5 or I-5), the third most dangerous road in the entire country. In addition, portions of three other of the deadliest U.S. interstates traverse northern California: I-15, I-40, and I-80.
What Our Personal Injury Team Can Do to Help
The personal injury trial team of Curtis Legal Group is ready and able to support you and your family during the devastating aftermath of a serious injury or wrongful death caused by a car accident. We will take the stress and work of dealing with medical bills, insurance adjusters, and others off of your plate and handle the bulk of the logistics regarding your case once you hire us as your legal counsel. We will:
- Conduct an investigation by reviewing the accident report, photos of the accident scene, medical records, surveillance footage, witness statements, and more.
- Handle communications with insurance adjusters for the at-fault party and your own insurance company, as well as communications with the at-fault driver’s lawyer.
- Answer your questions and give you advice and support throughout the legal process and thereafter.
- Negotiate on your behalf to try to resolve your case without a trial and/or take your case to trial in the event it does not settle beforehand.
Modesto Car Accident Lawyers
We know the time following a car crash and/or the loss of a loved one is exceedingly difficult for victims and families. Our priorities are making sure you fully recover from your injuries and holding those responsible for your pain and loss accountable. Our attorneys will help you recover financial damages for hospital bills, lost wages, end-of-life expenses, loss of financial support, and pain and suffering, among all other types of damages to which you are entitled. If you or a loved one were injured or killed in a California car accident, you deserve justice. You can trust Curtis Legal Group to handle your case so you can focus on recovery. Under California law, there is limited time to make a claim, so contact us today!