Many people are killed in car accidents in California every year. While the overall fatality rate for motor vehicle accidents has decreased over the past three years, it still remains as a significant cause of early death.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people have a one in 77 chance of dying in an accident. The CDC reported that 33,804 people died in U.S. car accidents in 2013 alone. This equates to a fatality rate of 10.7 per 100,000 people.
When compared to other causes of death, car accidents still show that they are a significant cause. Deaths due to alcohol or drug abuse stand at one in 34, fires at one in 821 and heart disease, the leading cause, at one in four. Interestingly, the likelihood of people dying by guns is the same as the likelihood of dying in a car accident, one in 77.
Advances in safety technology show promise to further reduce the fatality rates for motor vehicle accidents. It will be interesting to see how these rates are affected in the future with the implementation of such things as driverless technology. As it currently stands, however, people still run a significant risk of dying in automobile accidents. When a negligent driver causes a fatal accident, the family of the victim may want to think about filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Surviving family members are often saddled with ballooning debt and substantial economic losses after a loved one's death. They also have more intangible losses. An attorney can assist the survivors in seeking the types of damages, such as funeral expenses and other amounts, that may be permitted under the state's wrongful death statute.