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Sacramento is the site of almost 2,000 traffic accidents per year resulting in death or injury, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.
Not surprisingly, many Sacramento car accidents were caused by drunk drivers. Of the 279 injuries that were related to alcohol in 2012, 43 of them were caused by an underage drunk driver. In that year, Sacramento police made 1,286 DUI arrests.
Statistics aren’t yet available for the number of local injuries and fatalities caused by driving while texting; however, distracted driving research has shown that it can be every bit as harmful as driving while intoxicated. To learn more about distracted driving, check out our post on distracted driving issues in California.
The city of Sacramento includes 240 miles of bike lanes, a relatively high amount compared to other cities of similar size. Unfortunately, the number of bicyclists who are seriously or fatally injured is also high. A father and son who were bicycling together this past summer were victims of a distracted driver who drifted into a bike lane. The father was killed instantly, while the boy went into a two-month coma and had to re-learn how to walk. They were among the 165 Sacramento cyclists who were injured in a year, 15 of whom were under the age of 15.
335 car accidents injuries or fatalities on a given year are related to speed. One couple was recently killed after their wedding anniversary when they were hit by a car going almost 100 miles an hour in South Sacramento. The Sacramento Police Department cites speeding as #4 in their list of top five traffic violations that cause accidents.
Sadly, hit and run accidents are all too common in Sacramento at a rate of almost 200 per year. Sometimes a person is killed or injured and the driver at fault is never found. But sometimes the police are able to track down the driver and the victim is financially compensated with the help of a personal injury lawyer.
Keep in mind that this article highlights only the Sacramento car accident statistics within city limits. The numbers are far greater when local areas like Roseville, Folsom, Elk Grove and even Stockton are taken into consideration. If you have been injured in a car accident in the greater Sacramento area, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in our office at your earliest opportunity.
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