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The Most Common Causes of Fatal Car Crashes in California

According to a report by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), in 2013, there were 2,853 fatal traffic collisions which killed a total of 3,104 people – an increase of nearly four percent from the previous year. The mileage death rate, or fatalities per 100 million miles traveled, was 0.94.

In spite of the advent of improved safety features and other technological advancements in the auto industry, the numbers are somehow getting worse. Exactly what is happening in the Golden State?

In a recent study, the Auto Insurance Center, a prominent car insurance news and information site, compiled data on every driver, passenger, and pedestrian fatality recorded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 2009 to 2013. They then used the data to determine the primary causes of driving fatalities in every US state. Below are the results for California:

  • California was the only state to have improper turning as THE dangerous driving behavior behind most fatal crashes. Before making a turn, especially at a busy intersection, drivers must exercise patience and be sure to check both ways for cars, bicyclists, AND pedestrians. A single oversight can lead to dangerous, even deadly consequences.
  • While California is not among the worst states when it comes to fatal drunken driving accidents, the situation is still bad and could certainly be improved. Alcohol-impaired driving still accounts for 29 percent of total traffic fatalities (only two percent less than the national average of 31 percent). In 2013, 867 people lost their lives in such tragic incidents.
  • Driving in crosswinds can be dangerous as well. When driving in extremely windy conditions, motorists should avoid speeding, staying too close to large vehicles such as tractor trailers and campers, and trying to pull off excessive maneuvers like deep braking and turning sharply.

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