Thousands of motor vehicle accidents happen in California every year. While many of these accidents are relatively minor, some cause serious injuries or deaths. Certain areas are more prone to accidents, according to a recent study.
Study of accident patterns
Go Safe Labs, which is a nonprofit based in San Francisco, analyzed almost 2 million car accidents by reviewing accident reports from 2018 and 2019. Researchers then took the data by location and date to determine the 10 cities in the U.S. with the highest rates of accidents. Researchers also used latitude and longitude to determine the 10 spots with the highest risks of accidents.
Cities with the highest number of accidents
Houston, Texas, had the highest number of accidents with 22,118 in 2019. Houston was followed by Charlotte, North Carolina, with 21,818. Los Angeles came in third with 19,660 accidents. Rounding out the top 10 cities were Austin and Dallas, Texas; Raleigh, North Carolina; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Nashville, Tennessee; and Phoenix, Arizona. Nationally, accidents increased by 6% from 2018 to 2019.
One possible reason why Los Angeles had so many motor vehicle accidents in 2019 is traffic congestion on its roads and highways. People who drive on California’s roads should exercise caution at all times and take steps to prevent accidents. They should obey the traffic laws, keep their eyes focused on the roads and avoid distracted, drunk and drowsy driving. When people are seriously injured in accidents that are caused by the actions of other motorists, they might be entitled to recover compensation by filing personal injury lawsuits.
Experienced motor vehicle accident lawyers might review the police reports, scene photographs, medical reports and other evidence from collisions to assess the merits of potential claims. If they agree to accept the representation of a victim, the attorneys may be able to negotiate with the insurance companies for their clients to try to secure damages in amounts that fairly compensate the victims for all of the economic and non-economic losses that have been suffered.