When protecting yourself on the road, knowing what your biggest threats are is vital. While you may be aware of treats in general, the greatest ones will vary from area to area. Today, we are going to take a look at what causes the most traffic accidents in San Diego County.
The Roads Are Getting More Dangerous
As the years go by and the local population grows, car accidents are increasing. Car wreck deaths rose by 13% in 2012 alone. In 2013, more than 5,200 people were killed or injured in automobile accidents within the county. As these numbers continue to climb, it can make getting on the road a bit nerve-racking.
The Number One Cause of Accidents in San Diego County
It isn’t likely to come as a surprise to anyone, but the primary factor contributing to accidents in San Diego County is speeding. Back in 2009, speeding drivers cause nearly 6,000 accidents within the county. The second most common factor in car accidents was improper turning, with slightly more than 3,000 accidents caused by this violation in 2009. Finally, the third most common impetus for accidents in San Diego County is failing to yield, causing nearly 2,500 accidents in that same year.
The statistics change, however, when looking specifically at accidents that result in fatalities. In this case, the primary cause of accidents is drunk drivers. In 2009, 61 people were killed in collisions where drunk driving was a factor. However, improper use of mobile devices and driving without enough rest were also high contributors to fatal accidents.
In addition, the biggest contributing factor in death resulting from a crash is the type of crash in question. Some types of crashes are considered more dangerous than others. Below are the total fatalities from different types of accidents between 2000 and 2009.
- Head-On: 15,495
- Sideswipe: 18,515
- Rear-End: 76,858
- Broadside: 59,046
- Hit Object: 28,708
- Overturned: 10,230
- Auto / Pedestrian: 10,233
Other Common Factors in Automobile Accidents
While the factors below are not the most common, they do make a statistical impact, and therefore should be mentioned.
- Motorcycles: Due to their limited visibility, many drivers are not aware of their presence, resulting in accidents.
- Bicycles: Similar to motorcycles, their limited visibility puts them at risk from unaware drivers.
- Pedestrians: In San Diego Country, pedestrians have the right-of-way. However, not all drivers are mindful of this rule.
- Age: Younger drivers are more likely to cause accidents, especially fatal accidents, with the majority being caused by drivers between the ages of 20 and 24.
- Gender: Men are overwhelmingly more likely to cause accidents than women, particularly those resulting in fatalities. In 2009, male drivers caused 1,550 fatal accidents while women only caused 429.
- Time of Day: During the week, the most dangerous time to drive is between 5 and 6 pm—rush hour in Southern California. On the weekends, the early morning hours between 1 and 3 am prove to be the most dangerous.
While no one wants to experience an accident, it is important that you expect the unexpected. Use the data above to help protect yourself, and keep our number close by in case you ever need our help.