Sacramento Has Fatal Traffic Accident Hotspots Despite Overall Accident Decline
Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Jan 22, 2016 in Auto Accidents
Sacramento has seen a decline in fatal traffic accidents in recent years.
Over the past twenty years, Sacramento's population has grown by over one-hundred thousand residents, yet the number of people who have died from traffic accidents has dropped by nearly six percent.
The drop in fatalities is largely accredited to an increase in seatbelt use, better child restraints, and fewer young drivers on the roads.
Despite the overall decrease in vehicle-related deaths, fatal traffic accident hotspots around the city are a concern.
Sacramento Traffic Fatality Hotspots
In 2014, nearly 170 people lost their lives in car crashes in Sacramento. Many of these deadly accidents took place at one of the following traffic fatality hotspots:
- U.S. 99 between Florin Road and Fruitridge Road
- Power Inn Road near Florin Road
- The intersection of I-80 and the Capitol City Freeway in West Sacramento
- The Capitol City Freeway near Arden
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these fatal accident hotspots contributed greatly to Sacramento's current traffic fatality rate of 7 per every 100,000 residents.
The NHTSA data also included detailed statistics regarding Sacramento's traffic death hotspots, such as:
- 34 percent of the fatal accidents were alcohol-related
- 31 percent of the fatalities were caused by reckless driving
- 21 percent of the accidents involved the death of a pedestrian
While Sacramento has not seen more than 200 traffic-related deaths per year since 2007, the growing number of fatalities at the city's hotspots has region officials looking for ways to improve traffic safety in these locations.
If someone you love was killed in a car accident at one of Sacramento's traffic fatality hotspots, or if you or a loved one were injured in a car accident elsewhere in Sacramento, contact the Arnold Law Firm to speak with a skilled Sacramento auto accident attorney today. We can help you get the justice and financial compensation you deserve.