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California auto accidents remain a real problem

Law enforcement officials from one side of the country to the other, regardless of the state, are aware of how important it is to decrease the number of auto accidents. By doing so, this keeps everybody on the road safer.

Despite the best efforts in the state of California, auto accidents remain a major problem throughout the area for many reasons.

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, the number of traffic fatalities increased from 2,816 in 2011 to 2,857 in 2012. Despite an increase of 1.5 percent, this number remains low when compared to other years.

When compared to other states, California's 2012 Mileage Death Rate, or the number of fatalities per 100 million miles that are traveled, was impressive. Its MDR is .88, which is better than the 1.1 MDR national average.

The state continues to seek ways to cut back on the number of alcohol-impaired accidents, as many of these lead to injuries or death. In 2011, there were 774 fatalities in which a driver had a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. This number increased to 802 in 2012.

In any car accident, whether involving one vehicle or several, the possibility of injury always exists, in addition to any damage that occurs.

While California fares better than many other states, statistically speaking, there is always room for improvement when it comes to cutting back on the number of fatal accidents and vehicle-related injuries. If somebody is injured or killed in an auto accident, one option may be a lawsuit filed against the at-fault party.

Source: California Office of Traffic Safety, "California Traffic Safety Quick Stats" Aug. 25, 2014

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