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Update: Oscar Castaneda ID’d as Male Pedestrian Killed in Crash on Mariposa Rd near Eucalyptus Street in Hesperia

Oscar Castaneda, 39, of Victorville has been identified as a pedestrian killed in a crash on Mariposa Road in Hesperia Friday night Hesperia, CA. - Oscar Castaneda, 39, of Victorville has been identified as a pedestrian killed in a crash on Mariposa Road in Hesperia Friday night. The auto-pedestrian crash was reported at around 10:45 p.m. on May 17 at the S curb on Mariposa Road near Eucalyptus Street. Castaneda was struck and killed by a vehicle in unclear circumstances. ORIGINAL STORY Hesperia, CA. - A male pedestrian was fatally injured in a traffic collision Friday night on Mariposa Road ...

Update: Robert Witt ID’d as Rider Killed in Accident on Standing Rock Ave and Blackfoot Rd in Apple Valley

Robert Calvin Witt was riding his motorcycle when for unknown reasons he was struck by a Honda Civic Apple Valley, CA. - Authorities have released the identity of the motorcyclist killed in an accident in Apple Valley Saturday morning. Robert Calvin Witt, 68, of Apple Valley was killed in a crash that occurred at around 10:30 a.m. on May 25 on Standing Rock Avenue and Blackfoot Road. Witt was riding his motorcycle when for unknown reasons he was struck by a Honda Civic. Witt was pronounced dead at the scene. ORIGINAL STORY Apple Valley, CA - A motorcycle rider was ...

Woman Hit and Killed by Vehicle in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District

The incident took place around 11:27 p.m. near 12th Avenue South and South Weller Street. Seattle, WA. – A 63-year-old woman died after she was hit by a car Sunday night near an intersection in Seattle’s Chinatown International District. The incident took place around 11:27 p.m. near 12th Avenue South and South Weller Street. According to Seattle police, the woman was hit by a car in the area under unclear circumstances. Emergency personnel found the pedestrian in the roadway with life-threatening injuries. The victim was treated at the scene and then transported to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition. The woman died later while receiving treatment. The driver and passenger of ...

Rider Seriously Injured in Crash on Highway 13 at Broadway Terrace in Oakland

A grey Ford Mustang collided with a silver scooter in unclear circumstances Oakland, CA. - A motorcycle rider was seriously injured in a collision on State Route 13 in Oakland Monday evening. According to the CHP, the traffic collision was reported at around 6:12 p.m. on the southbound Highway 13 just north of Broadway Terrace. A grey Ford Mustang collided with a silver scooter in unclear circumstances. The rider suffered severe internal injuries in the accident. More information about the accident was not provided. An investigation is ongoing. Have You Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? If you are a ...

Fatal Accident Involving Two Motorcycles on State Route 88 near Red Lake Road in South Lake

Reportedly, two motorcycles were involved in the accident. The events leading up to the mishap were not immediately established South Lake, CA. - At least one person was killed in a traffic collision involving two motorcycles on Monday evening on Highway 88 in South Lake. The California Highway Patrol responded to the wreck at around 5:04 p.m. on State Route 88 near Red Lake Road. Reportedly, two motorcycles were involved in the accident. The events leading up to the mishap were not immediately established. At least one person was killed in the accident. More details about the crash were not ...

Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash at Riverside Intersection Identified

The woman was struck around 11:20 p.m. at Kansas Avenue and Roberta Street. Riverside, CA. – Authorities have identified the pedestrian who died in a hit-and-run accident Saturday night at an intersection in Riverside as 35-year-old Jesmund Stanley. The woman was struck around 11:20 p.m. at Kansas Avenue and Roberta Street. Investigators said Stanley was walking near the intersection when she was hit by a car traveling southbound on Kansas Avenue. The driver did not stop to render aid. Emergency personnel responded to the scene and pronounced Stanley dead at the scene. Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact Traffic Det. Ryan Mchugh at (951) – 826-8720 ...

Major Injury Multi-Vehicle Collision on 5 Freeway at Cottonwood Road in Gustine

Three vehicles collided on Interstate 5 just north of Cottonwood Road at around 2:38 p.m. in unclear circumstances Gustine, CA. - At least one person was seriously injured in a multi-vehicle collision Monday afternoon on 5 Freeway in Gustine. The California Highway Patrol received reports about the incident on Interstate 5 just north of Cottonwood Road at around 2:38 p.m. Three vehicles collided in the area in unclear circumstances. At least one person sustained serious injuries in the collision. No additional information about the crash was available. An investigation is underway. Have You Been Injured in a Multi-Car Accident? If ...

Major Injury Two-Vehicle Collision on 880 Freeway at Montaque Expressway in San Jose

Responding crews located a white Honda Civic and a white Tesla at the crash site. However, the events leading up to the collision were not immediately established San Jose, CA. - Authorities are investigating a serious injury traffic collision on Interstate 880 in San Jose Monday evening. According to the California Highway Patrol, the incident happened at around 7:02 p.m. on the northbound 880 Freeway just south of Montaque Expressway. Responding crews located a white Honda Civic and a white Tesla at the crash site. However, the events leading up to the collision were not immediately established. One person suffered ...

Jose Martinez Dies in Wrong-Way Crash on Interstate 82 in Zillah

According to the WSP, Martinez was heading eastbound when he crossed into the median and hit the semi driving westbound on the freeway Zillah, WA. - 57-year-old Jose Martinez of Yakima was identified as a victim killed in a wrong-way collision on Interstate 82 in Zillah last week. The incident was reported on the westbound 82 Freeway near milepost 47 at around 1:50 p.m. According to the WSP, Martinez was heading eastbound when he crossed into the median and hit the semi driving westbound on the freeway. Martinez was pronounced dead at the crash site. The wreck impacted the freeway ...

1 Injured in Pedestrian Accident on 3rd and P Streets in Sacramento

CHP said a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in the area under unclear circumstances on P Street and 3rd Street Sacramento, CA - Authorities are investigating a pedestrian collision that injured one person in Downtown Sacramento on Monday afternoon. According to the California Highway Patrol, the incident took place at about 3 p.m. on 3rd and P streets. CHP said a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in the area under unclear circumstances. The pedestrian sustained unspecified injuries in the crash. No further details were released. An investigation into the incident is ongoing. Contact Pacific Attorney Group for Legal ...

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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

Year
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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