Roadside Tragedies – Types and Statistics

The state of California is characterized by its long highways and high traffic. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of the local police, car accidents and tragedies are becoming more common every day.


Although many car accidents are minor bumps, collisions can occur in various situations. Some of the more common car accidents include:

  • Side impact accidents (T-bone)
  • Rear accidents
  • Head-on collisions
  • Tire blowouts
  • Road construction accidents


The most common causes of these accidents are:

  • Driving distracted
  • Texting while driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Driving drunk
  • Speeding
  • Driving recklessly


Here are some of the latest statistics on these types of accidents.

  • According to the annual death report of National Law Enforcement, during 2020, 44 officers were killed in traffic-related incidents. Of those accidents, 18 were automobiles that involved a collision with another vehicle, 8 were single-vehicle collisions, 15 were struck while on the side of the road, and three involved a motorcycle accident.
  • Deaths from traffic accidents decreased 5.1%, from 3,798 in 2018 to 3,606 in 2019 in California. The 2019 Mileage Death Rate (MDR) (deaths per 100 million miles driven) is 1.06.
  • Teen motor vehicle deaths (16 to 19 years old) decreased 25.2%, from 219 in 2018 to 164 in 2019. Teen driver deaths (16 to 19 years old) fell 12.7%, from 95 in 2018 to 83 in 2019.


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