Fatal Car Accidents
The number of fatal car accidents varies greatly from state to state. Obviously, states with large populations will have more fatal car crashes, but other factors that can affect the rate of fatalities include types of vehicles, travel speeds, state traffic laws, emergency care, weather, and typography. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “Nationwide, 55 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths in 2015 occurred in single-vehicle crashes.”
In 2016, there were more than 40,000 traffic fatalities in the United States including more than 3,000 deaths in California. However, compared to the rest of the nation, California actually has a low rate of fatal accidents per capita. Arkansas, Alabama, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Wyoming have some of the highest rates of fatal car accidents per capita in the country.
Last year, the San Diego Union Tribune reported that “motor vehicle fatalities in the United States increased nine percent in the first six months of 2016 when compared to 2015, according to preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council.”
In San Diego, it was reported by the County Medical Examiner’s Office that the number of traffic deaths in San Diego County rose nearly 18 percent in 2014, compared to 2013. There were 291 deaths in 2014 caused by fatal car accidents, of these deaths 88 were pedestrian accidents. Almost half of these pedestrian accidents involved victims that were under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs.
Fatal accidents occur on freeways throughout the county, however some roadways are worse than others. Highway 67 in the East County has been the scene of many fatal car accidents. In North County, CHP officers have noted that along the Camp Pendleton corridor on Interstate 5 and the stretch on Interstate 15 between Escondido and San Diego, it is common to see fatal crashes that occur due to high speeds. Route 78 between Oceanside and Escondido is believed by many to be the most dangerous highway in all of San Diego County but in actuality Interstate 8 had the most fatal accidents last year.
CHP officers state that excessive speed, driving under the influence, and not wearing a seatbelt are the cause of most freeway fatalities. It is estimated that in 28% of fatal vehicular accidents the driver was speeding at the time of the accident and in 29%, alcohol was a factor in the crash. Fatigue also leads to many traffic deaths, with an estimated 21 percent of fatal crashes involving a sleepy driver.
If one of your loved ones was in a fatal car accident, Walton Law Firm can help. Our lawyers can assist you in reaching a settlement with the other party’s insurance company to settle your claim or if required, we can represent you in a wrongful death lawsuit, something Walton Law Firm has done many, many times. Just know, that you have lost a loved on to a negligent driver, you, as a survivor, are entitled to justice, including compensation for any income you will lose are a result of the death, and for the of love, companionship, consortium, and society of the person who is gone.
We have successfully represented individuals and families who have been victims of all types of car accidents for 20 years. Our law firm would be happy to provide a free consultation with a lawyer to discuss your accident. We have represented many families victimized by car accidents that cause death, and we fully understand the serious and solemn nature of these cases. Walton Law firm will provide an honest appraisal of your case, and the best course of action to obtain justice under the circumstances. Or, if you prefer, you can submit a confidential question online. You can reach us at (866) 607-1325 or locally in North San Diego County at (760) 571-5500.