While car accidents are a major cause of injuries and deaths every year in California and around the nation, statistics show that deaths due to car accidents have decreased in recent years. The numbers are expected to drop further in the future as technology designed to help drivers avoid a crash improves.
In 2013, 33,804 deaths resulted from car accidents across the United States, or about 10.7 per every 100,000 people. These include deaths to pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists caused by cars. Out of about 2.6 million deaths total in 2013, that meant that the chances of death by a car accident were about one in 77,the same chances a person had that year of dying as a result of firearms. The three riskiest states, based upon the number of fatalities per 100,000 people, were Montana, Mississippi and Oklahoma, while the three safest areas were the District of Columbia, Massachusetts and New Jersey.
The chances of dying in a car accident are less than those of many other causes of death. Heart disease kills about one in every four people while alcohol and drugs kill about one in 34. Influenza and pneumonia are fatal to one in 46 people per year. A person is less likely to die from homicide, skin cancer or in a fire than in a car accident.
While numbers are declining, car accidents will continue to contribute to many deaths every year. The surviving family members of a person who is killed in such an accident that was caused by a negligent driver may want the assistance of an attorney in seeking compensation for their losses through a wrongful death civil lawsuit filed against the at-fault party.