Car Accident Statistics

Car accidents can happen anywhere, anytime – but serious crashes are more likely to occur in some places, and at some times more than others. The California Office of Traffic Safety collects information on thousands of car crashes each year:

  • In California alone, 3,074 people were killed in 2014
  • 32% of all drivers killed in California crashes tested positive for legal or illegal drugs
  • Most motor vehicle accidents involved multiple vehicles and occurred on two lane highways

General Statistics:

  • In 2015, over 35,000 people were killed in car crashes, a spike of 10.5%
  • Car crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 33
  • About 30% of American drivers will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives
  • Around 800 bicyclists are killed in traffic accidents each year, and that number is on the rise
  • SUV accidents accounted for only 3% of all accidents, but have higher fatality rates due to the risk of rollover accidents

Car accidents can be serious, and sometimes deadly. To reduce your risk of being in a car accident, it is important to practice safe driving:

  1. Always obey all the traffic rules
  2. Pay attention to the road
  3. Wear your seat belt
  4. Never drink and drive

If you or a family member has been injured in a car accident, call The Barnes Firm at 1-(800) 800-0000 to speak with an experienced Bay Area car accident lawyer or contact us today for a FREE case evaluation.