Drivers in California can cause fatal accidents if they operate their vehicles in a careless or reckless manner or while they are under the influence. To determine what driving behaviors most commonly cause fatal crashes around the country, the Auto Insurance Center collected data from every reported fatal car accident that occurred between 2009 and 2013 from the National Highway Traffic Safety's Fatal Accident Reporting System.
In California, fatal car crashes were most commonly caused during this period by drivers who made improper turns, such as making a left hand turn in front of an oncoming vehicle. The neighboring states of Nevada and Oregon were among many where failure to keep in the proper lane was the leading cause. Arizona was one of a few states that had the failure to yield the right of way as the most prevalent reason for fatal car accidents.
California had a low per capita rate of drunk driving fatal accidents when compared to other states. Researchers found that these types of accidents tended to occur more frequently on a per capita basis in states that have large rural areas and an accompanying lack of public transportation available to inebriated drivers.
Regardless of the cause of a motor vehicle accident, it can often result in catastrophic injuries to those who are involved. Failure to yield the right of way or to stay in the proper lane can often be considered negligent behavior, and drivers who have acted in this manner may be responsible for the resulting injuries to others. Injured victims in these types of accidents may wish to speak with a personal injury attorney in order to determine the best method of pursuing compensation for the damages that they have sustained.