Things are looking up overall for California residents in terms of traffic accidents. According to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) for 2010, the lowest number of fatal and injury collisions for more than 70 and nearly 40 years respectively was recorded. The total number of traffic collisions comes in at 416,490 and injury collisions at 161,094. Even then, it means that every minute a collision happens in California, and someone gets injured every 2 minutes.
While not all the injuries are serious, a good many of them should not even have happened in the first place. Speeding was identified as the main cause in more than 30% of the collisions that resulted in injury and fatalities. Alcohol-involved collisions that resulted in fatality and injury dropped from the year before, but it still claimed 972 lives and injured 16,884. These are all preventable accidents. Among the top factors that caused traffic accidents include:
- Automobile Right-Of-Way
- Improper Turning
- Traffic Signals and Signs
- Unsafe Lane Change
Traffic accidents are something we accept as part and parcel of modern living, and the statistics indicate some significant improvements. But when serious injury or death happens to you or someone close to you, those numbers cease to have any meaning. When it comes down to actual people, even one injury or fatality is one too many.
Compound that with the fact that the driver who caused it was drunk or otherwise negligent, it is just right that you seek a personal injury attorney or wrongful death lawyer practicing in California to address the wrong that was done to you. Some injuries may have serious and long-term consequences not only on the victim, but for the victim’s family, and the costs of these consequences may be too much to handle. Seek to get compensation for your direct costs as well as punitive damages with the assistance of competent legal counsel.