While many car accidents are little more than a fender bender, some accidents are devastating and downright deadly. When a car accident kills, the victim’s family is often left with medical expenses, funeral bills, and the lost future wages of their loved one — in addition to the emotional trauma that they’re facing. Learn more about the top causes of fatal California car accidents and what you can do if you’ve lost a loved one in a crash.
It’s no real surprise that drunk driving is a primary cause of fatal car crashes in California. Although Business Insider reported in 2015 that drunk driving fatalities were lower than many other states at 1.19 deaths per 100,000 people, this is still a shocking number considering that 39,144,818 people are living in the state. That means in 2015, nearly 466 people died as a result of a car accident caused by a drunk driver.
Although it’s predictable that drunk driving would cause numerous fatal car accidents, what many people don’t know is that improper turns are actually one of the top causes of car crashes that result in the death of one or more people inside the vehicle. Business Insider reported that in 2015, California had more deaths caused by improper turns than any other state in the United States. The majority of other states reported that failure to stay in the proper lane was the top cause of fatal car accidents that year.
What to Do If Your Loved One Was Killed in a Car Accident
Although the examples above are the primary causes of deadly car accidents, almost any type of car accident can turn deadly when certain factors are present. Speeding makes it more likely that an accident will result in a fatality, and even simple rear end collisions can cause a death if the circumstances are right. If your loved one has been killed in a car crash, you need someone on your side who can provide you with compassionate and aggressive legal representation against the party who is responsible for the collision.
At Matson Injury Law, we understand how difficult it can be to lose a loved one suddenly after a car crash. Contact us today for a consultation to learn more about your rights as the family of a deceased loved one and how you may be able to seek justice for your loved one’s untimely death. Call now at (626) 792-1900.