Car accidents cause a startling number of deaths in America. California is a large state, so our annual accident deaths are quite high. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 2,925 fatal accidents in California in 2015 that resulted in the deaths of 3,176 people. The accident fatality rate that year was 8.1 deaths per 100,000 people.
Of the more than 3,000 people who lost their lives that year, 742 were pedestrians and 129 were bicyclists. The majority of fatalities – 1,161 – were car occupants, while 456 were motorcyclists. You can see the full statistics report here.
It may surprise you that the majority – 57 percent – of these fatal accidents were single-vehicle crashes, while 43 percent involved multiple vehicles. Here are just a few examples of how a single vehicle alone can crash:
- Vehicle leaves the roadway
- Driver loses control of the vehicle
- Vehicle rollover
- Collisions with rocks or other debris in the road
- Collisions with animals
Although it may seem as though the driver is always responsible for a single-vehicle crash, this is not the case. It is possible for someone else's negligence to cause a fatal crash involving one car. Consider the following causes:
- Defective vehicle parts
- Faulty ignition switch
- Defective tires
- Dangerous roadway design
- Loose shoulders
- Construction materials left on the roadway
- Lack of proper signs and warnings
If you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, the experienced car accident lawyers at Kirtland & Packard are ready to help you and your family pursue justice. We offer FREE case evaluations, so that we can determine if you have a case and you can learn more about us. To receive a consultation, please call us at 310-536-1000. We fight for compensation on behalf of accident victims from across California, including Redondo Beach and South Bay.