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Reviewing car accident statistics in California

Each day, drivers put their lives at risk when they get behind the wheel. Sadly, even the most responsible drivers may find themselves involved in a car crash that causes debilitating injuries or the loss of life. In Van Nuys, and all across California, many of these crashes are caused by reckless drivers. In order to prevent additional wrecks from occurring, it is essential for drivers to understand how widespread these incidents truly are across the entire state.

The California Highway Patrol reports that in 2013, more than 3,100 people lost their lives in traffic accidents across the Golden State. Additionally, over 223,000 people suffered an injury because of a motor vehicle accident they were involved in. These injuries and fatalities affect people who belong to all age groups and come from all walks of life. From keeping an eye out for pedestrians to ensuring that all traffic laws are obeyed, there are a variety of ways that drivers can reduce the likelihood of yet another crash happening.

Sadly, far too many drivers have chosen to take to the road after consuming too much alcohol. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, 29 percent of all traffic-related deaths in California were the result of drunk driving during 2014. This figure reflects an increase when compared to the year before, when 28 percent of all traffic-related deaths were caused by drunk driving. Furthermore, 32 percent of drivers who passed away in a traffic accident during 2013 and were tested for drugs had either illegal or legal drugs in their system.

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