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Car Accidents Archives

California drivers may be falling asleep at the wheel

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.

Speeding-related motor vehicle accidents

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.

A look at the causes of fatal car accidents

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.

Wrongful deaths in collision caused by suspected DUI driver

California drivers may realize that driving under the influence is a dangerous action that can cause serious and sometimes deadly consequences. On April 25, a driver suspected of driving under the influence was involved in a wrong-way driving collision just south of Yuba City. Highway 113 near Schlagle Road was the scene of this fatal weekend crash in which one of the vehicles involved caught fire.

Motorcyclist crashes through car window in California accident

The intersection of Collins Street and Reseda Boulevard in Tarzana was closed for hours after two people died in a collision between a motorcycle and Honda sedan. Los Angeles police said that the motorcycle hit the driver's side of the car.

Hikes in alcohol taxes result in fewer alcohol-related accidents

An average of 500,000 injuries and 10,000 deaths occur every year because of alcohol-related car accidents. According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, which used NHTSA data from 2001 to 2011, an increase in state alcohol taxes could prevent thousands of such accidents in California and across the United States.

2 men killed in head-on crash

The California Highway Patrol confirmed that two 63-year-old men from Shafter were killed in a car crash on March 23. Both of the deceased victims in the accident were riding in the same vehicle. Investigators say the men were probably on their way to go fishing or camping before they were fatally struck.

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