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Safety Concerns on High for Sacramento

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Personal injury law attorneys work with clients who, through no fault of their own, have suffered a serious Sacramento car accident injury. Over the past several years, our Sacramento accident attorneys have become increasingly concerned about the rise in car crash injuries locally. Since our focus here is Sacramento, our personal injury law attorneys are aware that accidents dipped during the recession and then steadily rose with economic recovery in Sacramento. Accident attorneys say this may be due to more people driving more miles on the roadways of Sacramento. Car accident injuries will naturally rise with increased traffic, so long as drivers continue old habits that contribute to car crash injuries and deaths.

Our Sacramento personal injury law attorneys refer to the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for data on just where we stand in Sacramento for car accident injuries and death, relative to other similar communities. And, our accident attorneys regret to report, the picture isn’t positive for drivers in Sacramento. Accident attorneys explain the OTS compares our region to 13 communities with comparable populations. In 2012, the statistics for alcohol involved accident injuries was a warning sign for Sacramento. Our personal injury law attorneys report that we ranked 4th out of the 13 counties. And, equally alarming according to our Sacramento accident attorneys, 3rd for alcohol impaired drivers under the age of 21. This data indicates that in Sacramento, car crash injuries and deaths due to drunk driving needs the community’s attention. The overall 2012 OTS data logged 1,981 Sacramento car accident injuries or deaths, placing us 8th in the ranking. There were 1,286 DUI arrests during this period in the County of Sacramento. Last summer, our personal injury law attorneys say a number of fatal crashes of wrong-way drivers plagued the freeways of Sacramento. Accident attorneys report that alcohol was a factor in most (if not all) of these accidents around Sacramento.

Personal injury attorneys also have a growing concern about people driving under the influence of prescription drugs. Additionally, the use (and potential legalization) of marijuana will increase threats of DUIs in Sacramento.

Accident Attorneys Say Upward Trend Continues in Sacramento
Personal injury law attorneys remind drivers that from 2006 and 2010, California traffic deaths fell by a significant 36 percent. Traffic officials say the drop in car accident injuries and deaths may be due, in part, to safety innovations. Sacramento personal injury law attorneys point to mandatory seat belt use and airbag technology as part of the reduction. But even with such innovations, Sacramento personal injury law attorneys point out that, since 2010, car accident injuries have increased in California and Sacramento.

Accident attorneys speculate that a portion of this increase might be traced to the growth of technology in cars. Distracted driving related to cell phone use is clearly a problem in Sacramento. Personal injury law attorneys report that the statewide ban on calls and texting hasn’t been widely adopted. Our Sacramento accident attorneys say that many drivers even admit to being distracted due to smartphone use. And, personal injury attorneys say that traffic laws can barely keep up with technology. Smart phones and the development of ‘smart cars’ present even more distractions for drivers in Sacramento.

Personal injury law attorneys wonder if some of the technologies now available and being introduced might even encouraged distracted driving in Sacramento. Accident attorneys point to devices that automatically sense a vehicle that’s too close and signal the driver. Personal injury attorneys wonder if such technologies will add to inattention on the roadways in Sacramento.

Car accident attorneys say traffic officials admit that distracted driving car crash injuries are under-reported. Still, OTS reports a documented increase over the past year of 2.6 percent distracted car crash injuries or deaths. Sacramento car accident attorneys look forward to heightened enforcement of distracted driving laws as technology use continues to encroach on our driving behavior.

Personal injury law attorneys add that other factors also contribute to increased Sacramento accidents. Attorneys point out that the end of the recession inspired a rise in the purchase of motorcycles. The popularity of bigger bikes among older riders, our personal injury attorneys say, may account for an uptick in Sacramento car crash injuries for bike riders. In a similar vein, accidents among bicyclists and pedestrians also appears to be on the rise in Sacramento.

Our personal injury law attorneys are particularly worried about the vulnerability of pedestrians in Sacramento. Accident attorneys point out that much of the county is rural and suburban. Streets in such areas are often very wide and designed for vehicles in Sacramento. Accident attorneys say that traffic moves faster and is more dangerous to pedestrians. Car accident injuries to pedestrians are almost always severe or deadly. Unfortunately, just this year we’ve seen a number of pedestrians killed due to Sacramento car crash injuries. In fact, Sacramento accident attorneys say that OTS reported our county experienced the highest death rate of pedestrians of all counties surrounding Sacramento. Accident attorneys say pedestrian fatalities accounted for 31.7 percent of all traffic deaths.

Increased Vigilance and Outreach in Sacramento
Personal injury law attorneys look forward to a statewide program designed to keep pedestrians safer throughout the state and in Sacramento. Accident attorneys say the outreach effort will include social media, billboards, and TV and radio spots. Public education, our Sacramento personal injury attorneys agree, is critical to turning around a very troubling trend. The program will be launched in Sacramento, accident attorneys say, before it’s rolled out statewide. Scheduled to begin in October, our personal injury attorneys say a character named “Pete Walker” represents pedestrians. He wears a suit of armor to get the attention of drivers in Sacramento. Accident attorneys say the message is “Pedestrians don’t have armor,” and urges drivers to “be aware” of pedestrians in Sacramento. Our personal injury attorneys report that several billboards are already up as a warning to drivers in Sacramento.

As personal injury law attorneys, we represent people injured in Sacramento accidents. But our injury attorneys primarily want a safe community for our families, friends and neighbors in Sacramento. Our accident attorneys encourage drivers take their responsibility seriously, like the matter of life and death it is.




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