You may notice a lot of traffic in your area, especially if you live in a metropolitan area such as Los Angeles – or anywhere in Southern California, for that matter. With so many cars on the roadway at the same time, accidents are bound to happen.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, accident-related fatalities in the United States have been decreasing since 2006. From 2013 to 2014, deaths decreased from 32,894 to 32,675. However, crash-related injuries have risen from 2.31 million to 2.34 million.
Motorcycle fatalities have increased from 11% in 2005 to 14% in 2014. This 3% difference comprises 10 more fatalities. However, motorcyclist fatalities in the 40-49 age group have dropped. From 2013 to 2014, there were 158 fewer deaths. The good news is that fatalities involving semi truck crashes are on the decline. From 2013 to 2014, there was a 2% decrease – from 3,981 fatalities in 2013 to 3,903 in 2014.
Texas had the most traffic-related fatalities in both 2013 and 2014. Deaths increased from 3,389 to 3,538, a 4.4% change. California had the second-highest number of fatalities. It saw a 1.1% decrease, from 3,107 in 2013 to 3,074 in 2014. Wyoming saw the biggest percentage increase, at 72.4 %. Vermont saw the biggest drop, at 36.2%.
In 2013, South Carolina had the highest percentage of alcohol-related fatalities, at 44%. In 2014, it was a three-way tie among Massachusetts, North Dakota and Texas, at 41%.
The biggest increase from 2013 to 2014 was seen in Wyoming, when the numbers went from 24 to 48 – a 100% increase. Vermont saw the biggest decrease, at -52.6%.
There were some changes in fatalities based on crash location. While fatalities caused by urban crashes increased by 2.4%, those in rural crashes decreased by 5.8%. There were also decreases in fatalities caused at intersections and roadway departures.
California Accident Statistics
Here are some statistics from the California Office of Traffic Safety: The national average alcohol-impaired driving fatality rate is 0.34. At 0.27, California’s rate is much better. Of the five states that have the largest number of traffic fatalities, California’s rate is the best. In California, alcohol-related traffic fatalities rose by 1% from 2013 to 2014. However, California’s rate of 29% is still better than the national average of 31%. In 2013, drug-impaired driving contributed to 32% of traffic-related fatalities in California.
Motorcycle fatalities rose from 463 to 519 – a 12% increase. Fatalities involving teens age 16 to 19 slightly increased from 216 to 220. Males comprise nearly 77% of teen fatalities.