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Pedestrian Hit by Truck on El Centro Road in Sacramento

The accident happened at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13 in the 2800 Block of El Centro Road near the 49er Truck stop. Sacramento, CA: A pedestrian was injured late Thursday night after being struck by a truck on El Centro Road in North Sacramento, according to the California Highway Patrol. The accident happened at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13 in the 2800 Block of El Centro Road near the 49er Truck stop. According to the CHP, a semi-truck struck a pedestrian leaving them with minor injuries. No additional information regarding the accident was provided. The incident remains under investigation ...

1 Killed in Multi-Vehicle Crash on SR 80 near Bisbee in Tucson

The Arizona DPS said three vehicles collided on SR 80 killing one person on Thursday evening. Tucson, Ariz. – At least one person died following a multi-vehicle collision on Thursday evening, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The deadly accident happened a while before 5:45 p.m. on June 13, on State Route 80 near Bisbee. The Arizona DPS said three vehicles were involved in the collision. One person was declared dead due to the crash. Traffic was blocked following the accident. The roadway reopened at about 5:45 p.m. No additional information regarding the incident was provided. An investigation ...

Pedestrian Fatally Hit by Vehicle on SR-87 in San Jose

The accident took place around 2:55 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the highway at the Taylor Street off-ramp. San Jose, CA. – A pedestrian died after being struck by a vehicle early Friday morning on State Route 87 in San Jose, the California Highway Patrol reported. The accident took place around 2:55 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the highway at the Taylor Street off-ramp. The pedestrian was hit by a car under unclear circumstances. Responding emergency personnel pronounced one person dead at the scene. All lanes of the off-ramp were blocked during the investigation. CHP officers are investigating ...

3 Seriously Injured After Minivan Runs Off-Road, Slams into Apartment Building in Longview

The incident took place around 11:21 a.m. near the 1000 block of 7th Avenue. Longview, WA. – Three people were seriously injured after a minivan ran off the roadway and crashed into an apartment building Thursday morning in Longview, the Longview Fire Department reported. The incident took place around 11:21 a.m. near the 1000 block of 7th Avenue. According to authorities, a minivan with an elderly man behind the wheel ran off the road, struck a pedestrian, and slammed into an apartment building, trapping a person on the other side between the vehicle and an inside wall of the building ...

Bicyclist Injured in Crash on El Camino Avenue in Sacramento

Authorities said a bicycle rider was hit by a vehicle in the area of El Camino Avenue Sacramento, CA - A bicyclist was hit and injured by a vehicle in Sacramento on Thursday night, according to the authorities. The incident took place at about 9:40 p.m. June 13, on El Camino Avenue near Rio Boulevard. Authorities said a bicycle rider was hit by a vehicle in the area. The manner in which the accident happened was not immeditely established. The rider was injured in the collision. No further details were released. An investigation into the accident is ongoing. Call Pacific ...

Gary Grantham Killed in Springdale Crash at SR 231 and Reservation Road

WSP said two people were injured in the accident and were transported to the hospital for treatment Stevens County, WA. – One person was killed in a head-on collision on Thursday afternoon near Springdale in Stevens County. The fatal collision happened at Highway 231 and Reservation Road at around 3:30 p.m., according to the Washington State Patrol. A vehicle was traveling south on Highway 231 when it drifted into the opposite lanes and collided head-on with another car. Traffic Alert: Troopers at the scene of a two vehicle fatality collision SR 231 and Reservation mile post 57. WSDOT has set ...

1 Killed in Touchet Crash on State Route 12 near Nine Mile Road

A Med Star helicopter landed at the scene to airlift those injured in the accident Walla Walla County, WA. – One person was killed in a two-car accident that occurred on Thursday near Touchet in Walla Walla County. The fatal collision happened on State Route 12 at milepost 315 near Nine Mile Road, according to the Washington State Patrol. Traffic alert in Walla Walla County: WSP is on scene of a two car, fatality collision on SR 12 near MP 315. Med Star has landed on the highway to help as fast as they can with those injured. Traffic is ...

Update: Authorities Identify Motorcyclist Killed in DUI Crash at Fullerton Intersection

44-year-old Francisco Garcia-Vargas, of Fullerton, was arrested following the accident. Fullerton, CA. – 28-year-old Alexander Marce, of Anaheim, died in a DUI collision that happened Wednesday night at an intersection in Fullerton, authorities said. 44-year-old Francisco Garcia-Vargas, of Fullerton, was arrested following the accident. The Fullerton Police Department and other emergency personnel responded to Orangethorpe Avenue and Gilbert Street after they were notified of the deadly crash around 9:45 p.m. Investigators said Marce was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Orangethorpe Avenue when he stopped for a red light at the intersection with Gilbert Street. At the same time, Garcia-Vargas was ...

Rider Seriously Injured in Collision at Kevin Drive and Port Chicago Highway in Bay Point

The accident happened at about 9;27 p.m. Thursday, June 13, in the area of Kevin Drive and Port Chicago Highway. Bay Point, CA: - A motorcyclist was seriously injured after colliding with a vehicle at an intersection in Bay Point Thursday night, according to the Califonia Highway Patrol. The accident happened at about 9;27 p.m. Thursday, June 13, in the area of Kevin Drive and Port Chicago Highway. According to the CHP, a white vehicle and a blue motorcycle were involved in the crash. The rider sustained major injuries and was rushed to John Muir Health Walnut Creek Medical Center ...

Pedestrian Struck and Injured by Vehicle on SR-163 in San Diego

Authorities said the pedestrian was hit by a white Kia under unclear circumstances. The victim was lying down next to the car on the right shoulder. San Diego, CA. – A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle Thursday night on State Route 163 in San Diego, the California Highway Patrol reported. The accident took place just before 10 p.m. near Washington Boulevard. Authorities said the pedestrian was hit by a white Kia under unclear circumstances. The victim was lying down next to the car on the right shoulder. San Diego firefighters responded to the scene and blocked several traffic lanes ...

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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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