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Motorcyclist Critically Hurt, Lester Atkinson Arrested After Accident on Highway 12 in Fairfield

Rider Seriously Injured in Fairfield Motorcycle Accident on Highway 12 and Pennsylvania Avenue Fairfield, California (June 9, 2023) - The Fairfield Police Department officials arrested Lester Hogan Atkinson of Fairfield after a Fairfield motorcycle accident that left a 20-year-old rider critically injured. The accident occurred at about 10:50 p.m. on May 31 on Highway 12 and Pennsylvania Avenue. Police said the rider was riding westbound on Highway 12 and was approaching Pennsylvania Avenue while Atkinson was heading southbound on Pennsylvania Avenue, approaching Highway 12. Atkinson then ran a red light and turned westbound onto west Highway 12, crashing into the ...
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Woman Killed in Crash on Highway 99 in Sacramento

Woman Dies in Sacramento Crash on Highway 99 Sacramento, California (June 9, 2023) - One person was killed in a crash between a vehicle and a pedestrian in Sacramento on Wednesday night, according to the California Highway Patrol. The crash happened at around 10:07 p.m. June 7, on Highway 99 north of Elkhorn Boulevard. A car traveling south on Highway 99 had a flat tire. The female driver of the car stepped out and as she tried to walk across the highway, she was hit by another vehicle. The woman died in the incident. The involved driver stayed at the ...
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Javier Calderon Killed in Construction Accident on Glenoaks Boulevard in Pacoima

Javier Calderon Dies, Male Co-Worker Killed in Pacoima Construction Accident on Glenoaks Boulevard Pacoima, California (June 9, 2023) - According to a local news source, Javier Calderon was killed while another man was injured following a construction accident on Wednesday morning in Pacoima, Los Angeles. The accident happened on June 7 on Glenoaks Boulevard. Per the report, a cinder-block wall at a construction site fell on Calderon. Responding firefighters extricated him, but he was declared dead at the accident location. Caldero’s co-worker, a man, sustained injuries of an unknown degree. An investigation by the California Division of Occupational Safety and ...
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Rider Seriously Injured in Camarillo Motorcycle Crash

Motorcyclist Hospitalized After Traffic Collision on Highway 101 near Camarillo Springs Road Camarillo, California (June 9, 2023) – A motorcyclist was hospitalized after a traffic collision that happened Friday morning in Camarillo, the California Highway Patrol said. The accident was reported around 5:45 a.m. on southbound Highway 101, just north of Camarillo Springs Road. A motorcycle and two cars were involved in the collision. The Ventura County Fire Department and other emergency personnel responded to the scene. The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with major injuries, as per the report. Details about the condition of the occupants of the ...
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1 Killed in High-Speed Collision at Gosford Rd and District Blvd

1 Killed in Bakersfield Car Accident at Gosford Road and District Boulevard Bakersfield, California (June 9, 2023) – One person was killed in a car crash that happened at an intersection in Bakersfield on Thursday night. At around 10:45 p.m., Bakersfield police received reports of a traffic collision at the intersection of Gosford Road and District Boulevard. Authorities say did not stop at the intersection and collided with a second car at the intersection. After the collision, the man’s car veered off the roadway and crashed into a tree. The man had to be pulled out of one vehicle after ...
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DPS Trooper Injured in Buckeye Car Crash on SR 85 near Milepost 141

DPS Trooper Injured in Wrong-Way Crash on Highway 85 near Milepost 141 in Buckeye Buckeye, Arizona (June 9, 2023) – An Arizona trooper was injured in a wrong-way crash on Thursday night in Buckeye. The accident happened on State Route 85 near milepost 141, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. A vehicle was reportedly traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of the highway when it crashed into a Buckeye police car and an Arizona DPS vehicle. The wrong-way driver and a trooper were injured in the collision and were transported to an area hospital for treatment. The wrong-way ...
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1 Injured in Palmdale Motorcycle Crash

One Person Hospitalized After Motorcycle Collides with Car on State Route 14 in Palmdale Palmdale, California (June 9, 2023) – One person was hospitalized after a crash that happened Thursday night in Palmdale, the California Highway Patrol said. The incident transpired at around 11:52 p.m. on State Route 14 near Avenue M. Emergency units arriving at the scene found a motorcycle with major rear-end damage and a car with a broken right-front tire. One passenger was transported to the hospital with unspecified injuries. It was unclear whether the victim was a passenger in the car or on the bike. Officers ...
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2 Injured in Traffic Collision on 5 Freeway in Lost Hills

2 Hospitalized in Lost Hills Truck Crash on 5 Freeway near Twisselman Road Lost Hills, California (June 9, 2023) – Two people were hospitalized after a traffic collision that happened early Friday morning in Los Hills, the California Highway Patrol reported. The incident occurred at around 3:09 a.m. on the southbound 5 Freeway, just south of Twisselman Road. An Old Dominion semi-truck and a box truck collided for an unknown reason. Both vehicles went off the roadway, one of them into a ditch. Kern County Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, and other emergency personnel responded to the scene. The driver of the ...
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Major Injuries Suffered in 2-Car Accident at 210 Freeway and Baldwin Ave in Arcadia

1 Seriously Injured in Arcadia Car Crash at 210 Freeway and Baldwin Avenue Arcadia, California (June 9, 2023) – At least one person sustained severe injuries Thursday night after two vehicles collided at an intersection in Arcadia. The California Highway Patrol responded to the crash at around 11:24 p.m. on June 8, East of 210 Freeway and Baldwin Avenue off-ramp. A white pickup and a white sedan were involved in the traffic collision. But the reports did not state how the incident happened. The police said at least one party sustained major injuries in the accident. All lanes of the ...
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Deadly Multi-Vehicle Collision at Intersection in Long Beach

1 Killed, 6 Injured in Wrong-Way Long Beach Car Accident at Pacific Coast Highway and Junipero Avenue Long Beach, California (June 9, 2023) - One person died, and six others sustained injuries after a multi-car accident at an intersection in Long Beach Thursday evening. The Long Beach Fire Department said the tragic accident happened at about 7:08 p.m. June 8 at Pacific Coast Highway and Junipero Avenue. Per the report, three vehicles collided in the area in unclear circumstances. One party was declared dead at the crash site. Six other people were injured and were transported to a hospital for ...
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Accidents near me

If you are reading this, it’s likely you are looking for the information regarding traffic collisions that happen in the state of California.  You have come to the right place. Get up-to-date reports on car accidents that occur daily across the state of California. Several traffic collisions occur daily in California. Some of these mishaps include semi- truck collisions, car accidents, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents.

Summary of crash fatalities in California

According to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 38824 lives were lost in traffic crashes across the US in 2020. This was the highest number recorded number since 2007. The number of police-reported crashes in 2020 decreased by 22% compared to 2019, and the estimated number of people injured declined by 17%. In 2020, at least 3847 people were killed in traffic collisions in California, which was higher than the 3719 traffic fatalities that occurred in 2019. A study by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHSTA) revealed that three of the ten most deadly highways in America run through California, which has nearly 396,540 miles of roadway. The study analyzed data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and identified the dangerous highways based on the number of fatal crashes per 100 miles traveled. The three highways are Interstate 5, the 15 Freeway and the 80 Freeway.

Below is a summary of traffic fatalities that occurred in California.

  •  California had the 2nd highest number of traffic fatalities after 3847 people were killed in collisions across the state. Texas ranked the highest with 3874 fatalities, while Florida had the 3rd highest number of fatalities with 3331.
  • California recorded 1159 alcohol-impaired fatalities, a 4.4% increase from 2019. The DUI-related fatalities were 30% of the total fatalities. California had the largest increase in DUI-related fatalities, with 193 more lives lost.
  • NHTSA found that 1368 people killed in collisions in 2020 were occupants of passenger cars, while 693 were occupants of light trucks.
  • It was further determined that 2260 fatalities resulted from single-vehicle crashes, while multi-vehicle collisions resulted in 1587 deaths.
  • 1111 people were killed in the collisions were properly restrained, while 761 of those who died were unrestrained.
  • 2666 fatalities happened in urban areas while 1775 deaths happened in rural California.
  •  As per the report, 539 motorcyclists, 986 pedestrians, and 129 bicyclists died in the accidents across the state.
  •  NHTSA determined that 1228 (32%) of the total fatalities reported in the state involved speeding motorists.
Year Alcohol-Related Fatalities Speed-Related fatalities
2019 966 1108
2020 1159 1228

Table 1. Alcohol-related and speed-related fatalities for the years 2019 and 2020

Type of Collision 2019 2020 Percentage Change
Car Crashes 1227 1368 11.6%
Light-truck Crashes 717 693 -3.5%
Motorcycle Crashes 491 539 10%
Bicycle Crashes 143 129 -10%
Pedestrian Accidents 1011 986 -2.5%

Table 2. Fatalities resulting from different types of traffic collisions in California for years 2019 and 2020

Most Dangerous Freeways in California

Interstate 5 Freeway (I-5)

In 2020, at least 118 people died and 4459 others were injured in traffic collisions on the freeway, which runs up and down the pacific coast through Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego, before passing out of the state into Oregon and Washington. The highway is a popular route for 18-wheelers and passenger vehicles, making it dangerous for people using it. Rush hour traffic in these three cities raises the risk level for drivers. A combination of fatigue, poor visibility and high volume of traffic make rush hour driving more dangerous than usual.

Interstate 15 Freeway (I-15)

The I-15 Freeway stretches from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Nevada. The highway was ranked the 6th deadliest freeway in the country, with a fatality rate of 11.02 per 100 miles. As per the report, 72 people died and 2627 others were injured in collisions on this freeway in 2020. The stretch between Los Angeles and Las Vegas is a long, straight road running through the desert. Although the visibility is good, many motorists were found to be speeding and engaging in distracted driving.

The I-80 Freeway (I-80)

The 80 Freeway, which was ranked 9th deadliest in America, is a transcontinental freeway that runs from San Francisco to Teaneck in New Jersey. The stretch of the highway in California is also among the most dangerous in the country. The study found that 56 people died and 2068 were injured on the highway in 2019. The highway had a fatality rate of 7.21 per 100 miles.

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