Drowsy driving is an increasing problem in today's society. There are no clear statistics about the percentage of accidents that involve drowsy driving because it is often not noted in police reports. However, the CDC estimates that about 25 percent of fatal crashes involve drivers who were fatigued. California drivers might benefit from learning about new ways to prevent this type of behavior.
California residents may have heard about the horrific crash that occurred in Long Island when a pickup truck slammed into a limo carrying eight young women, killing four of them. The accident took place on July 18 as the women were returning from visiting area wineries. They had hired the limo to be safe while drinking.
The California Highway Patrol issued a Sig alert on the afternoon of July 7 after an accident involving six vehicles in El Cajon snarled traffic at a busy intersection. The decision to close the area to cars was taken due to the number of vehicles involved in the crash and the accident scene's close proximity to Interstate 8. The accident took place at the intersection of South Marshall Avenue and West Main Street at approximately 3:40 p.m.
While motorists are behind the wheels of their vehicles while they are impaired or distracted, statistics demonstrate that these problems are especially prevalent among teen drivers. Researchers believe that teens have an invincibility complex and that they are immune from the consequences of risky behaviors. This has led drivers under the age of 21 to be involved in 17 percent of fatal accidents that were alcohol-related despite being only 10 percent of the driving population.
Drivers in California often associate elderly drivers with an increased risk of motor vehicle accidents, but this idea turns out to be more complicated with statistical analysis. According to the numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 36 million Americans at or over the age of 65 were licensed to drive in 2012. Of those, about 5,560 were killed and 214,000 injured in accidents. The rate of injury and death increases starting at age 70 and goes up dramatically for those 85 and older.
According to statistics reported by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drowsy driving is on the rise in the United States. In an effort to educate drivers, AAA routinely conducts Traffic Safety Culture Index surveys. About 96 percent of those queried in this study believe that drowsy driving is inexcusable behavior on the roadways. However, AAA reports that since 2010, fatal crashes involving drowsy drivers are up from 16.5 percent to 21 percent in 2014.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that 916 people lost their lives on California's roads in 2012 in accidents involving excessive speed. Only Texas had a higher number of speeding-related deaths. According to the agency, speeding played a part in 30 percent of all fatal accidents around the country in that year, and the problem claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people that year.
The Auto Insurance Center has conducted research on every fatal car accident in the United States between 2009 and 2013 to determine the leading causes of car accident fatalities in each state as well as the District of Columbia. The data was obtained from records kept by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In California, fatal car accidents were most often caused by a driver who failed to make a proper turn. Failure to stay in the proper lane was the most common cause of fatal accidents in most parts of the country, however.
Four people were killed and four others were injured in a head-on collision between a sedan and a pickup truck in Aptos on March 1. The nighttime crash likely involved alcohol, according to police, since several broken bottles and several intact bottles of alcohol were found around the sedan. Additionally, witnesses reported that just prior to the accident, the driver of the sedan was conducting the vehicle erratically and recklessly.
On Feb. 6, an accident involving a 1999 Volvo and a Chevrolet Silverado resulted in the death of the 22-year-old Volvo driver and serious injuries for the driver and two passengers traveling in the truck. The California Highway Patrol received a call at approximately 12:30 a.m., reporting that the Volvo was driving northbound in the southbound lane of Interstate 880.