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.
An automobile accident in San Bernardino has claimed the life of a local man and sent another to the hospital. According to police reports, the wreck happened at 7:10 p.m. on June 16.