The number of car accidents calculated by the National Safety Council (NSC) from January through September of this year is up close to 10 percent from the same time period last year. This is also a number that's up from the stats collected in 2010. During this time in 2012, there were more than 27,000 people killed in car accidents in California and elsewhere. In 2011, there were less than 25,650 people killed in car accidents nationwide.
What this all comes down to is about 12 fatalities for every 100,000 residents. That might not seem like a lot to you, but when you think of the population of California (37,691,912 residents), that's a serious risk for a traffic accident.
Our Costa Mesa personal injury lawyers understand this serves as a near 20 percent increase from 2011. Overall, the total costs for these fatalities, injuries and damages cost the country more than $207 billion, a more than 15 percent increase from the previous year. These costs include property damage, employer costs, administrative expenses, medical expenses, productivity loses and wage loses.
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), there were more than 2,500 people killed in car accidents in the state in 2010. These are the most recent statistics available for the state. The deadliest of the months for car accident were in fact November and December, so we're asking drivers to be safe out there. In addition to all of the fatalities we saw over the year, we also witnessed close to 14,000 injuries resulting from car accidents in the state. Over the entire year, more than 161,000 people were injured.
That's not all! There were also more than 252,000 property damage-only car accidents in California in 2010. Once again, November and December were the most dangerous months for these kinds of accidents, too!
To help to keep you safe, officers with the California Highway Patrol are here to offer you some safe driving tips. Review these tips and share them with your friends and family members to help to keep everyone safe during this dangerous time on our roadways.
Safe Driving Tips:
-Make sure to read all road signs.
-Avoid drinking alcohol, taking drugs or using prescription medications that can alter your driving abilities.
-Keep your windshield and windows clear to maximize visibility.
-Make sure you look over your shoulder before changing lanes in traffic.
-Avoid driving for extended periods of time. Take a break, get out of your car and stretch every 100 miles.
-Be cautious when driving at night. Roadway dangers are less visible during this time, but just because you can't see them doesn't mean they're not there.
-Keep distractions away from the driver. Drivers need their full attention on the roadway and need both hands on the wheel at all times.
-Adjust your driving habits in accordance with the weather, road and traffic conditions.
If you or a loved one has been injured, contact VINCENT HOWARD at HOWARD LAW PC for a confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-872-5925.
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