New Statistics Confirm Thousands of Lives Saved and a 36% Decrease in Fatal California Auto Collisions

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According to statistics recently released by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), fatal auto collisions have plummeted over the last five years. In 2005, 4,304 people lost their lives in California car accidents, a substantially larger number than that of the 2,739 who lost their lives in 2010. The 36% decrease is an achievement that should not be taken lightly; however, older statistics show a potential to take a turn for the worse. Bisnar | Chase weighs in on impact of decreased death toll.

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Statistics Show Drastic Decrease in Fatal California Auto Accidents

Thousands of people die in car accidents every year, and each one of those lives is an unfathomable loss to their family and friends

The statistics were obtained through the California Highway Patrol’s highly regarded California Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), a database that serves as a means to collect and process data gathered from collision scenes. According to the data, every year since 2005 has been a step towards progress. The following are statistics for those years:

2005 – 4,304 fatalities
2006 – 4,197 fatalities
2007 – 3,967 fatalities
2008 – 3,401 fatalities
2009 – 3,076 fatalities
2010 – 2,739 fatalities

To put the numbers in perspective, CNN reported that the number of United States casualties suffered to-date in the Afghanistan war had just exceeded 2,000. Had the number of fatal car accident victims stayed consistent since 2005, 4,140 more people would have died than the numbers recorded by SWITRS.

That is more than double the number of brave soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country throughout Operation Enduring Freedom.

Although traffic accident fatalities in California are unquestionably decreasing, a genuine concern that the numbers may take a turn for the worse is warranted. Here are the statistics from 2001 to 2004:

2001 – 3,926
2002 – 4,089
2003 – 4,225
2004 – 4,094

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has instituted a number of safety programs over the last few years, which may have contributed to the sharp decline in fatal auto collisions. Programs such as the Designated Driver Program (DDP) and Sober Graduation are only two of the several awareness campaigns provided by the CHP to reduce auto accidents.

John Bisnar, California wrongful death attorney, has been assisting victims of serious injury collisions since 1978. “The contributions made by CHP officers and organizations such as M.A.D.D. to decrease the number of California deaths are achievements that are easy to take for granted. Thousands of people die in car accidents every year, and each one of those lives is an unfathomable loss to their family and friends,” says Mr. Bisnar.

Although California roadways may be substantially safer than they were a few years ago, the potential for serious injury without warning is possible any time one pulls out of their driveway. For more information about safe driving and what CHP is doing to help better protect California, visit CHP’s website at CHP.CA.GOV

About Bisnar | Chase Wrongful Death Lawyer Orange County
Bisnar | Chase is a premier traffic collision law firm in Orange County, CA that specializes in assisting people who have been seriously injured or lost a family member due to a negligent driver, a defective vehicle, or a dangerous roadway condition. Their attorneys have developed a reputation as trusted professionals who provide proven results against negligent drivers’ insurance companies, makers of defective vehicles, and governmental agencies responsible for dangerous roadway conditions.

Car accident victims who contact Bisnar | Chase receive a free professional case evaluation and a “No Win No Fee” guarantee.

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