Across the country, every year there are a reported more than six million car accidents take place. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day about 90 people lose their lives in tragic fatal collisions. Car accidents are a serious problem in the United States. So much so, that when compared to other similarly developed countries, the United States far surpasses the number of crashes reported by these other nations on a regular basis.
California may not be the biggest state in the country, it actually ranks number three behind Alaska, and then Texas, but it is the most populated state. As a result, California tends to report some of the highest numbers of traffic accidents every year when compared to other states. In fact, so far in 2022, California has the most reported fatal accidents than any other state in the country.
The aftermath of a car accident can range from minor damages to catastrophic and deadly harm. After a crash in California, it is best to get in touch with a seasoned and skilled car accident attorney for support in securing compensation from an injury claim. The Los Angeles civil attorney at Leiva Law Firm can help you file your California personal injury claim and fight on your behalf to improve your chances of obtaining maximum recovery.
How Many Car Accidents Happen Each Year in California?
When looking at traffic data from 2017 out of the California Highway Patrol the following statistics jump out:
- The total number of fatal and injury crashes that took place that year was 197,146.
- Out of all crashes reported in 2017, 3,582 resulted in fatalities while 193,546 had injuries.
- Out of all the vehicle occupants that died in crashes in 2017, 473 were not using safety equipment.
- Of those that were injured in crashes in California, 8,907 did not have the recommended safety equipment.
- On average in 2017 every single minute either one fatal or one injury crash was reported that year.
- Every two hours and 14 minutes one person died in a car accident.
- Every one minute and 53 seconds a person was injured in a car accident.
- Children who were younger than the age of 15 made up 10.9% of all pedestrians killed and injured in a crash.
- Children younger than the age of 15 made up 9.7% of all reported bicycle victims who suffered injuries and death in a crash.
- For every one person that lost their life in a crash 71 people sustained some sort of injury in an accident.
- The most commonly reported reason for crashes was speeding. For 32% of all fatal and injury collisions in 2017, speed was a factor.
Speak with a California Personal Injury Attorney Today
After a California car accident, victims may be able to file a claim for compensation for all of their damages including medical expenses, property damages, missed wages, pain and suffering, and more. For more information, if you were injured in a car accident, please connect with the Los Angeles personal injury attorney at Leiva Law today to schedule your free consultation at (818) 519-4465.