According to statistics from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 10 percent of the car crash fatalities reported in the U.S. in 2016 occurred in California.
Speeding accounted for more than 27 percent of the highway fatalities that year, and the NHTSA study shows Southern California is the most dangerous part of the state for drivers.
In Southern California, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Orange Counties are the sites of most of the state’s car crash fatalities. Northridge has the dubious distinction of having the most dangerous intersection in the state: Devonshire and Reseda. Motorists cite the traffic congestion there and say excessive speed on local surface streets is an everyday occurrence.
Why people speed
A form of aggressive driving, speeding is common in Southern California because people become frustrated with heavy, slow traffic and speed to make up time once they break free of the congestion. Busy schedules also contribute to speeding when drivers find themselves late for meetings, games or appointments.
As the NHTSA notes, the consequences of speeding can be deadly. Drivers can more easily misjudge stopping distances in emergency situations, and the potential exists for a major crash. Speeding is also the cause of many rear-end and intersection collisions. People in Southern California drive too fast and cause an alarming number of accidents in which surviving victims sustain life-changing injuries.
When someone is the victim of a car crash, his or her legal team will launch an investigation and collect evidence, which includes police reports and the testimony of witnesses. Who was responsible for the crash? Was it a distracted driver? Someone affected by drugs or alcohol—or was the negligent driver going too fast? Evidence that points to excessive speed is all too common. In the United States, speeding has been a factor in almost a third of all traffic deaths, including those that occur in our state, for more than two decades.