California’s Increases In Motor Vehicle Fatalities
The overall number of fatal collisions has been decreasing across the country, but the state of California is seeing some troubling trends. According to the Huffington Post, data from 2011 shows that the number of fatal collisions reached the lowest it has been in 60 years. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently published data indicating that 32,367 people in the U.S. were killed in automobile accident in 2011. This figure represents a decrease of 1.9 percent from 2010.
Unfortunately, despite this nation-wide trend, further research from the DOT indicates that an alarming number of drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel. According to a recent LA Times article, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data indicating that one in four adults admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel. What makes this statistic particularly alarming is that 33 percent of traffic accidents involve what’s known as “drowsy drivers”.
California experiences increase in automobile fatalities
Despite the national decline in fatal collisions, the state of California has actually experienced a 2.6 percent increase in its number of fatal traffic accidents. With 2,791 automobile fatalities in 2011, California has the second highest amount of automobile fatalities in the country.
Moreover, fatal accidents involving pedestrians seems to be a problem the state of California continues to face. For instance, in Los Angeles, pedestrians actually accounted for almost one-third of all traffic fatalities. This statistic is over double the national average.
Sleepy drivers must be held responsible for their actions
The repercussions of a sleepy driver’s actions will depend on several different factors. For example, the vehicle’s speed, the vehicle’s weight, and roadway volume will all affect the severity of the crash.
Bringing a suit against a sleepy driver whose carelessness caused injury is a very detailed process. In order to ensure the most favorable outcome for the injured party, careful attention must be paid throughout the investigation process, as this will typically establish the cause of the accident. Injuries sustained in an automobile accident tend to generate high medical bills and may also leave the injured unable to work.
Any person who has been injured due to the negligence of another driver should contact an experienced personal injury attorney.