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The Numbers Don't Lie: Auto Accident Statistics

California is a paradise in many ways, but for drivers of its congested freeways, winding rural interstates, and other dangerous roadways, it can be frustrating. Unfortunately, auto accidents are as much a part of life in California as sunny beaches and warm summer nights. In fact, according to the most recent Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System Annual Report of Fatal and Injury Motor Vehicle Traffic Collisions, the last day in the state without a traffic fatality was September 5, 2009.

The auto accident statistics for Sacramento County are as sobering as they are for the state of California as a whole. While we truly live in a vibrant, rich, historic area of the nation, we take a risk every time we get behind the wheels of our vehicles. Even the safest, most conscientious drivers are at the mercy of negligent drivers whose blatant disregard for the safety of others causes thousands of car, truck, motorcycle, SUV, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents each year. If you or a member of your family has been injured in such an accident, or if you have tragically lost a member of your family in such an accident, personal injury attorney Larry S. Buckley can fight for the compensation to which you are entitled for your losses and expenses.

In the meanwhile, we invite you to read the following auto accident statistics, which may help to put in perspective just how dangerous our state’s roadways truly are.

Auto Accidents in Sacramento County

The California Office of Traffic Safety regularly publishes its Collisions Ranking Report. The most recent report collects data for each of California’s 58 counties for 2012, assigning rankings based on how many victims were injured or killed in a certain type of accident considering the population of the county and other factors with relation to the other 57 counties. In this report, a higher ranking indicated a worse performance; in other words, by ranking number 1 in Total Fatal and Injury Collisions, Alpine County ranked as the worst county in California in that category.

Overall, Sacramento County did not perform well:

  • In Total Fatal and Injury Collisions, it ranked 7 out of 58, with 9,152 victims killed or injured.
  • In Speed Related Collisions, it ranked 4 out of 58, with 2,292 victims killed or injured.
  • In Hit and Run Collisions, it ranked 6 out of 58, with 633 victims killed or injured.
  • In Bicyclists under the age of 15, it ranked 4 out of 58, with 91 victims killed or injured.

In certain respects, however, Sacramento County performed much better than other counties:

  • In Motorcycle Collisions, it ranked 44 out 58, with 399 victims killed or injured.
  • In Alcohol Related Collisions, it ranked 33 out of 58, with 999 victims killed or injured.
  • In Pedestrian Collisions, it ranked 37 out of 58, with 409 victims killed or injured.

Nevertheless, as the Total Fatal and Injury Collisions tally shows, driving in Sacramento County is risky, indeed.

Contact Our Auto Accident Attorney

To arrange for an evaluation of your auto accident case, please contact personal injury attorney Larry S. Buckley today.