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Common dangers associated with teen drivers in California

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.

Elder drivers and auto accidents

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.

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.

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