Automakers have been improving safety technology for decades. Our vehicles now have systems that help prevent crashes and design modifications that make crashes more survivable. Because of these advancements, there has been a consistent downward trend in the number of fatal car accidents on U.S. roads annually.
On Oct. 5, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released estimates regarding the number of deaths on roadways across the nation during the first half of 2016. Statistics showed that the number of fatalities for the first six months increased by about 10 percent over the same period in 2015. The agency's findings indicate that 2016 could see the largest percentage increase in vehicle-related deaths in about 50 years, and California motorists should take heed.
A 41-year-old California man died in a car accident at about 10 a.m. on Aug. 10. The collision took place in unincorporated Sonoma County while the decedent was traveling in the opposite direction of traffic. It is unclear why the man was driving the wrong way, but California Highway Patrol said that alcohol and drugs were not immediately ruled out as possible factors in the crash.