In California and throughout the nation, the roads are growing increasingly dangerous. Despite supposed advancements in auto safety, the number of collisions seems to be growing. Speeding, distraction, drunk driving, drugged driving and drowsy driving are just some of the potential catalysts for a crash. In addition, certain roadways pose a greater threat than others. A recent study yielded concerning results for three major California freeways. Drivers should take caution when heading out in all circumstances and especially when using these roads. If a collision happens, it is important to understand what steps to take.
Researchers say three of the top 10 most dangerous roads are in California
A recent study listed Interstate 5 in California third on the list of worst roads for safety. At nearly 1,400 miles along the coast, it serves many areas in California including San Diego, Los Angeles and Sacramento. Using statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and its Fatality Analysis Reporting System, researchers discovered that there were 186 deaths on I-5 in 2019. This was nearly 13.5 for every 100 miles. Other roads in the Golden State that had high rates of fatal accidents were I-15 and I-80.
The fatality rates in 2020 were the worst they have been since 2007. This happened while driving reduced by more than 430 billion miles when compared to 2019. Societal challenges, people working from home and not taking as many leisure trips contributed to that reduction in miles traveled. The number of road fatalities across the United States in 2020 increased by more than one-quarter when compared to 2019. With the holiday season, the current situation stabilizing, large trucks making deliveries and people heading to see family and friends again, an increase in traffic is likely, adding to the risk.
After an auto accident, the entire case must be analyzed
No one is expecting to be in a motor vehicle accident when they head out. This is true for drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Taking various precautions is imperative to remaining safe, but even that will not prevent many accidents. With this information, people must be vigilant about the chance of being hurt or losing a loved one in a crash in California. After factoring in medical costs, lost wages, long-term problems and even fatalities, it is essential to have assistance with determining a path forward. Analyzing the case from the perspective of the victim is key and experienced advice may be needed from the outset.