If you are like most people who live in California, you know that car accidents can and do happen. You might even assume they will happen and that there is nothing that can be done to prevent them. Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show how many people are killed in accidents that really have no reason for happening. Crashes in which excessive speed and alcohol are involved are completely avoidable if drivers would make safe and responsible decisions.
In 2017, alcohol was a contributing factor in 31 percent of California's total vehicular fatalities. Speeding was a contributing factor in almost 30 percent of the deaths. In San Mateo County, 200 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents between 2013 and 2017. A total of 61 people died in crashes involving speeding, representing more than 30 percent of all fatalities. Forty-eight people died in crashes involving drunk driving, representing 24 percent of all deaths.
San Mateo County has experienced an up and down trend when it comes to the number of people killed in accidents. In 2014, 25 people died in accidents, down from 57 the prior year. Then for two years, the numbers rose to 33 and then to 52. In 2017, another drop was noted to 33. It is not yet known how many fatalities have occurred in 2018.
If you would like to learn more about what you should do after you or someone you know has been involved in a vehicle collision, please feel free to visit the car accident compensation and assistance page of our California personal injury website.