Even though you aren’t always required to, all car accidents should be reported whether you think there are injuries and damages or not. For the most part, it is always a better idea to have the police write the report than for you to submit it yourself. This is because they may include important details that you were not aware needed to be included.
Law enforcement officers also provide an impartial view so the court will take their report more seriously. However, the report is not just about the people involved. Sacramento car accident statistics help those with the power to do something recognize patterns so that they can create more laws, implement safety features, and increase patrols in certain areas if necessary.
Some of the car accident statistics you should be aware of are detailed below.
With such a high population in Sacramento, it is expected that car accident statistics would show higher numbers here than they would in rural areas. Although many of the car accidents that take place in Sacramento take place in urban areas, there has been a slight shift in details.
Between 2013 and 2014, fatalities decreased by one, as did the number of vehicles involved in fatalities. Many of these took place in either the urban portion of the city or on the interstate.
It is not unusual for the numbers to change from one year to the next. In fact, that is the goal. Policy makers and police authorities purposely change plans and policies in order to try to reduce the number of deaths and injuries that occur on the roads in a given year.
The odd thing is when a number does not change. Such is the case with pedestrian involvement in accidents. Between 2013 and 2014, there was no change in the number of pedestrians involved in accidents: There were seventeen pedestrians involved each year.
The goal is always for the numbers to change for the better. Such is the case with fatalities and drinking. In 2013 there were fourteen fatalities related to drinking and driving. In 2013, there were only nine.
Although this might seem like a low number of accidents, it’s important to consider that drinking-and-driving-related car accidents are almost always accidents that are entirely preventable.
Sacramento car accident statistics help shape laws, but they do that by demonstrating where areas might be more dangerous or what trends are causing more accidents. However, there’s no question that the number of accidents in Sacramento still occur largely because of someone else’s negligence.
If you have been in a car accident that was caused by someone else, you could be entitled to compensation. The lawyers of Crowell Law Offices can make sure the right person is held responsible and, hopefully, prevent negligent drivers from causing more accidents in the future.
Don’t let someone else make you a statistic. Hold them accountable by consulting a car accident attorney at 916-303-2800.