What Causes Most Road Accidents? Speeding and drunk driving are the leading causes of car accidents in California. The World Health Organization estimates that 1.3 million people in the world die in road accidents every year. In 2019, 3,606 of those fatalities happened in California. This number is consistent from year to year, with almost four thousand deaths on the roads in California annually.
Of those California road accident fatalities, 1,066 were a result of drinking and driving. Approximately 1,056 people died in California in a car accident caused by speeding in 2016. These statistics mean that almost 1 in 3 deaths in car accidents in California are caused by drunk drivers. Another 1 in 3 deaths is caused by speeding-related accidents.
It also means that in 2019, on average, three people died a day in California as a result of drinking and driving. We know that the number of people injured in car accidents is always far greater than the number of fatalities. We also know that fatalities on the roads that are caused by events such as drinking and driving are wrongful deaths. Every person or family with an injury or wrongful death on the roads is entitled to financial compensation.
At Arash Law, any car accident in California will change your life. Whether you are suffering from lost wages, long-term disabilities, or overwhelming medical bills, there is long-term pain and suffering. We can help you get the compensation you deserve when you have been in a car accident. Call the California car accident claims lawyers at Arash Law today at (888) 488-1391.
Leading Causes of Fatal Road Accidents
The leading causes of fatal car accidents in California every year are driving while intoxicated and speeding.
However, there are many causes of California car accidents:
- Speeding – Violation of California Vehicle Code Section 22350
- DUI – Violation of California Vehicle Code Section 23152
- No seatbelts or child restraints – Violation of California Vehicle Code 27315
- Distracted driving – For example, texting while driving is a violation of California Vehicle Code 23123.5.
- Bad Roads
- Unsafe cars
- Lack of enforcement of traffic laws
- Driving at night
- Poor road conditions, inclement weather, or traffic problems
At Arash Law, we know that while there are common causes, every car accident is unique. Every car accident and every victim is its own story. Our California car accident lawyers have been fighting for car accident victims for decades, securing hundreds of millions in compensation.
You deserve to have your story heard and get the compensation for damages the law provides for you. Call the California car accident victims attorneys at Arash Law at (888) 488-1391 today, and we’ll review your case for free.
Most Common Causes of California Car Accidents
The most common causes of California car accidents are the same causes of its fatalities. With over three thousand deaths on California roads every year, there are hundreds of thousands of personal injuries. Each one is a life changed.
Speeding is a factor in one out of three car crashes in California and is a cause of car accidents because it impacts the driver’s ability to control a motor vehicle. When additional factors such as bad weather or night driving come into play, speeding will kill and injure tens of thousands of Californians this year. The highest rates of speeding occurred in Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, San Diego, Orange County, Sacramento, and Riverside.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Driving under the influence is a leading cause of death all over the world and includes driving under the influence of alcohol, psychoactive substances, or prescription medication. Drunk driving is illegal when the driver’s blood-alcohol level (BAC) is over the legal limit of 0.08 g/dl. However, car crashes still occur when the driver is under the influence with a BAC of even lower than that. The likelihood of a car accident happening increases after a driver’s BAC reaches 0.04 g/dl.
There is no way of telling how much an individual has to consume other substances to get in a car accident. If you are high or on medication, don’t drive. There are some studies that indicate certain drugs will increase your likelihood of an accident. Taking methamphetamines increases the risk of car accidents by five times. That is because drivers that take this substance, or cocaine, are known to be more reckless and aggressive drivers. It is estimated that over 12.6 million people 0ver the age of 16 will take drugs or alcohol and drive this year.
Texting and Driving
Texting and driving is a common cause of car accidents across the country, and California is no exception. It only takes a second to look for your phone for a disaster to strike. California Vehicle Code Section 23123.5 stipulates that it is not legal to operate a vehicle if you are holding a wireless device.
This law also stipulates that this law does not apply when your phone or communication device is already installed or embedded in your car. If you are able to connect your device to an in-car system, you may text and talk and drive as you wish. If your phone is mounted or you are using a speakerphone, you may still use your phone while you drive.
How to Prevent a California Car Accident
Knowing what the leading causes of car accidents are can help you significantly reduce your chances of getting into a car accident. Follow the rules of the road by not speeding, driving sober, and avoid dangerous driving conditions. Wear your seatbelts at all times. Make sure that your passengers do as well. When you have children in the car, be sure they have the proper seating and restraints.
Learn what the law requires when it comes to texting and driving or other forms of distracted driving. If you are too tired to drive, don’t drive. Get a ride or change your plans. At Arash Law, we know that sometimes you can be in a car accident with a perfect driving record.
It’s not always your fault. When you have been in a car accident, you will need a personal injury attorney to help you collect the damages and compensation you deserve. Call the personal injury team or DUI accident victim team at Arash Law today at (888) 488-1391 for a free review of your case. You never pay anything out of pocket, and you don’t pay until we win.
What Should You Do After a Car Accident?
If you have been in a car accident, big or small, it is a devastating and traumatizing experience. You may not be focused enough to do everything you need to do after a car accident to collect the damages that the law says you are entitled to collect. The California Department of Insurance offers a number of steps to take after a car accident. Make sure that you (or someone else if you are injured) take these steps after a car accident:
- Stop and pull your car over to the side of the road, if you can.
- Contact the police.
- Call 9-1-1 to get medical attention immediately.
- Exchange personal information, including driver’s license numbers, with all other drivers, witnesses, and passengers.
- Get a picture or document the license plates of the other drivers.
- Take as many photographs of the accident, injuries, passengers, and traffic conditions as you can.
- If the other driver can not be found, leave a note with your own personal information.
- Contact your insurance agent and begin the claims process.
- Report the accident to the DMV unless you are getting a police report of the accident. Your accident lawyer and the insurance company can seek their own copies of the police report if necessary.
Contact a California Car Accident Attorney Today
The CDC estimates that in 2018 alone, there were over 2.2 million drivers and passengers in emergency rooms after a car accident, a problem that costs the country over $60 billion in lifetime medical and lost work costs every year. The law says those costs can be recovered through car accident claims. If you or someone you love has been in a car accident, you can recover the compensable damages of that accident. Contact the car accident claims attorneys at Arash Law today at (888) 488-1391 for a free review of your case.