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California car accident statistics


California is the nation's most populous state. Visitors and residents alike are drawn to the Golden State for its spectacular scenery and attractions.

Unfortunately, California's popularity and population density contribute to the high number of motor vehicle accidents that occur here. Let's take a look at some auto accident statistics.

Accident Frequency

California's fatal motor vehicle accident frequency is .92 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. There are 7.9 fatalities per 100,000 population.

Auto Collisions

In 2014, there were 162,711 auto collisions resulting in injuries:

  • 49,388 were caused by speed
  • 11, 472 were caused by drunk driving
  • 2,473 were caused by trucks

In 2014, a total of 230,853 individuals were injured in auto accidents.

  • 173,305 were vehicle occupants
  • 13,147 were pedestrians
  • 13,038 were bicyclists
  • 12,372 were motorcyclists
  • 68 were riding mopeds

Fatal Crashes

In 2014, there were 2,878 auto collisions resulting in fatalities.

  • 482 were caused by drunk driving
  • 455 were caused by speed
  • 70 were caused by trucks

In 2014, a total of 3,121 people were killed in motor vehicle-related crashes:

  • 1,604 were vehicle occupants
  • 753 were pedestrians
  • 516 were motorcyclists
  • 142 were bicyclists

Counties With The Highest Number Of Auto Accident-Related Fatalities

In 2015, a total of 3,176 individuals were killed in motor vehicle accidents across the state. The counties with the most auto accident fatalities are as follows:

  • Los Angeles County: 584
  • San Bernardino County: 242
  • Riverside County: 232
  • San Diego County: 232
  • Orange County: 162

These statistics were gathered from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, the California Department of Motor Vehicles and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration websites.

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