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CHP Investigating Multi-Vehicle Accident on Soquel Drive and Rancho del Mar in Aptos

1 Injured in Aptos Car Accident on Soquel Drive and Rancho del Mar Aptos, California (February 7, 2023) - The California Highway Patrol is investigating a multi-vehicle accident that left at least one person with minor injuries on Monday morning in Aptos. The collision happened on Soquel Drive and Rancho del Mar at about 9:08 a.m. on February 6. Police said three vehicles collided for unknown reasons. Responding emergency crews and medical personnel attended to at least one person hurt in the accident. The name of the individual and their current condition was not immediately released. The vehicles were towed ...
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Traffic Collision at Freedom Blvd and Owl Ridge Wy in Aptos

Minor Injuries Suffered in Aptos Car Accident on Freedom Boulevard and Owl Ridge way Aptos, California (February 7, 2023) – Minor injuries were sustained in a to-vehicle collision that happened Monday evening at an intersection in Aptos. According to the California Highway Patrol, the incident occurred at about 6:40 p.m. at Freedom Boulevard and Owl Ridge Way. Two vehicles of unknown make and model were involved in the collision. The accident resulted in minor injuries to an unknown number of parties. It was also unclear if anyone was hospitalized. A dog involved in the accident was going to be delivered ...
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At Least 1 Injured in 2-Car Accident on Highway 58 and California City Blvd in Kern County 

At Least 1 Hurt in Kern County Crash on Highway 58 and California City Boulevard Kern County, California (February 7, 2023) - At least one person was injured following a two-vehicle accident on Tuesday afternoon in Kern County, according to a California Highway Patrol dispatch. The accident happened around 2:15 p.m. on February 6 on westbound Highway 58 and California City Boulevard. Per the report, two vehicles crashed for reasons still under investigation. Fire officials and medical personnel rushed to the scene to aid at least one individual injured in the accident. The injured patient's name and current condition were ...
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Donald Olsson Injured in Fatal Crash in East Bakersfield 

Donald Olsson Hurt in Deadly Bakersfield Crash on Irene Street Bakersfield, California (February 7, 2023) - Donald Justus Olsson, 80, was injured in a crash that left a 15-year-old boy dead in east Bakersfield Saturday, according to the California Highway Patrol. The fatal collision took place in the area of Irene Street and Alta Vista Drive on Saturday, February 4. According to the report, Timothy Leal, 18, was driving westbound on Irene Street in a stolen Kia Optima when, for unknown reasons, he failed to stop for a stop sign at Alta Vista Drive and crashed with a car that ...
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Mother, Son Injured in Crash on Proctor Road in Castro Valley

Two Injured in Castro Valley Accident on Proctor Road Castro Valley, California (February 7, 2023) - A mother and her son were struck and injured by a vehicle on their way to school in Castro Valley on Monday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol. The incident took place on Proctor Road at about 7:50 a.m. February 6. CHP said the two were walking on the sidewalk when they were struck by an Infiniti QX60 driven by a 38-year-old Castro Valley resident. The mother, a 38-year-old woman, was rushed to a hospital with major injuries. Her son, a 7-year-old, was ...
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At Least 1 Injured in Multi-Vehicle Accident on Truxtun Avenue in Bakersfield 

At Least 1 Hurt in Bakersfield Truck Crash on Truxtun Avenue  Bakersfield, California  (February 7, 2023) - At least one person was hurt in a multi-vehicle collision at an intersection in Bakersfield on Monday evening, according to a report by the Bakersfield Police Department. The wreck happened at around 4:48 p.m. February 6, on Truxtun Avenue and Empire Drive. Three vehicles were involved in the collision that caused one of them to roll over. Police said at least one person was injured in the incident. No further details were released. An investigation into the collision is ongoing. Seek Legal Help ...
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1 Severely Injured in Car Accident on Road 56 in Dinuba

1 Person Hospitalized After Dinuba Car Crash on Southbound Road 56 near Highway 201 Dinuba, California (February 7, 2023) – One person was severely injured in a traffic collision involving a delivery van Monday night in Dinuba, the California Highway Patrol said. The incident was reported just before 9 p.m. on southbound Road 56, just south of Highway 201. CHP said a delivery van collided with another vehicle, blocking the southbound lane. Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters, alongside EMS, responded to the collision scene and helped one person who suffered major injuries. The report said intoxication might have contributed ...
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Raad Abdo Killed in Multi-Vehicle Collision on Highway 101 in Studio City, Los Angeles

Raad Abdo Killed in Studio City Car Crash on Highway 101 near Lankershim Boulevard Studio City, California (February 7, 2023) - Raad Ibrahim Abdo, 70, of North Hollywood, has been identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office as the man who was killed in a car crash in Studio City early Monday morning. According to the California Highway Patrol dispatch, the fatal crash happened on northbound Hollywood (101) Freeway near Lankershim Boulevard at around 2:18 a.m. Multiple vehicles were involved in the crash, but the events leading up to the accident were not immediately established. Abdo was pronounced dead ...
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3 Pedestrians Injured in crash with DUI Driver in Yuba City 

Three Hurt in Yuba City Accident on South Walton Avenue Yuba City, California (February 7, 2023) -Three pedestrians were hit and injured by an alleged DUI driver in Yuba City on Monday afternoon, according to the authorities. The crash happened at South Walton Avenue and Camino De Flores at around 2:15 p.m. February 6. According to the Sutter County Sheriff's Office, two adults and a minor were walking in the area when they were hit by a vehicle driven by Chera Center, 49, of Yuba City. The victims were hospitalized with major injuries. Chera and her minor passenger were not ...
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1 Hurt in Multi-Vehicle Collision on Highway 101 in San Francisco

1 Injured in San Francisco Car Accident on Highway 101 near Oyster Point Boulevard On-Ramp San Francisco, California (February 7, 2023) – One person was injured in a multi-vehicle collision that took place Monday morning in San Francisco, according to the California Highway Patrol. The pileup occurred at about 6:05 a.m. on southbound Highway 101, just north of the Oyster Point Boulevard on-ramp. Three vehicles, including a black Mazda sedan, a silver Ford Fiesta and another car were involved in the collision. An occupant in the Mazda sustained a hand injury. It was not clear if the party was hospitalized ...
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Accidents News – 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 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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