California Car Crash Facts and Statistics


If you or a loved one were recently injured in an automobile accident, you’re not alone. Countless people are injured in car accidents every year—and many of those accidents are preventable, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The California auto accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers make it a priority to help auto accident victims like you get full compensation for accident-related expenses, including medical bills and lost wages. In fact, we’ve been fighting for victims’ rights for more than three decades. Give us a call at (800) 400-BERG or complete our free online form and let us start building your case.

Causes of Car Accidents in California

Although car accidents can be caused by many different variables, there are a few factors that tend to show up time and time again in our accident investigations. In Northern California, most car accidents are caused by:

  • Distracted Driving
    Drivers who use cell phones, read, eat, or hold conversations with passengers aren’t focusing on staying in their own lanes and being vigilant for the presence of other vehicles.
  • Speeding
    Speed is a contributing factor in more than 50,000 car accidents in California each year. Not only does speeding reduce reaction times—making accidents more likely to occur—crashes at higher speeds are more likely to cause severe injuries and fatalities.
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
    Drunk Driving is the primary cause of more than 12,000 serious accidents in California each year, over 500 of which are fatal. Car accidents caused by drunk driving are preventable and easily avoided by using alternate forms of transportation or taking advantage of free programs like our Safe & Sober Free Cab Ride Home program. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we have zero tolerance for drunk drivers. If you or your family member were injured by a drunk driver, we want to help you get justice.
  • Drivers Who Aren’t Aware of Their Surroundings
    Many car accidents are caused by drivers who simply don’t pay close attention to the road, other drivers, and traffic signals, such as stop signs and stop lights.
  • Failing to Obey Traffic Laws
    Following too closely and making illegal U-turns are just some examples of behaviors that can cause serious auto accidents.
  • Poor Road Conditions
    Local and state governments are responsible for maintaining the condition of roadways at all times. If they fail to address issues like potholes, missing guard rails, and sudden elevation changes, drivers may lose control of their vehicles and crash.
  • Manufacturer Errors
    Car manufacturers are held to high standards for every vehicle they make, because when parts fail, vehicles may crash and drivers and passengers can suffer serious injuries.

Common Injuries Suffered in Auto Accidents

No matter what caused your auto accident, your injuries are your biggest concern. Some of the most common injuries our clients suffer in highway accidents include:

  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Head, neck, and spinal injuries
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage
  • Paralysis and nerve damage

The injuries caused by auto accidents are often devastating, as they may lead to disability and even death. In addition, the costs of these injuries may too be much for you and your family to bear. The types of compensation you can seek in a car accident injury claim may cover many of these costs, including wages lost because of your injuries, the costs of medical treatment, and the intangible costs of the pain and suffering caused by your accident.

24-Hour Help for Car Accidents in California

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California auto accident attorneys believe you shouldn’t have to pay for an accident that wasn’t your fault. We offer the No Fee Guarantee®, so you can get the legal help you deserve with no upfront costs, and your initial consultation is completely free with no obligation.

Get in touch with us 24/7 by calling (800) 400-BERG or filling out our free online form, and we’ll start working immediately to get you the money you need.