You have to drive during rush hour on the freeway every single day. It’s hard, but the job you’re traveling from pays well and it’s the only quiet time you have to listen to the news. Most days the slow wait times are caused by traffic congestion and you quietly curse the cars in front you under your breath. You know it’s not their fault, but they’re ahead of you, and that’s enough.
Only today is different. Turning up the volume on the radio for the traffic update, you learn there’s been a fatal accident. You feel terrible for all involved and vow to be more patient when you’re in the car. Hours later, driving passed the mangled wreckage you wonder about the families involved. What would happen to yours if you were in an accident you didn’t walk away from? Would your car insurance Los Angeles policy provide them with enough financial support?
The Terror of the Traffic Accident
In 2013 (the most current data available), over 3,000 Californians died in vehicle-related accidents. That’s 3,000 too many. Across the United States, roadside deaths have increased by 10 percent since 2010. What is the reason for this upswing in traffic accident deaths? A stabilizing economy. During the recession, California saw a 36 percent decrease in traffic fatalities between the years 2006-2010. After the national economy started to bounce back in 2010, traffic deaths started to climb back up. When the economy is stable and strong, more people choose to travel by car to get to work and/or go on weekend trips. With more people on the road, your chance of an accident increases.
Los Angeles loses 630 people in car accidents every year. Altogether. Southern California accounts for over 1,500 of the 3,000 traffic fatalities California experiences. To protect yourself on the road, continue reading to learn more about Los Angeles’ five most common traffic accidents and how to avoid them.
Distracted Driving: Distracted driving has fast become the number one cause of car wrecks in the United States. Distracted driving includes anything from texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the radio and eating a Big Mac behind the wheel. If you feel tempted to check your phone, place it in your car’s trunk before you take off.
Drunk Driving: A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that after a couple of drinks they’re still okay to drive. Though you may not feel a “buzz,” that doesn’t mean you’re not intoxicated. To avoid a drunk-driving accident, call a cab after a booze-involved night out. If you notice another car on the road with you swerving or driving erratically, keep a safe distance.
Speeding: It’s just as it sounds—speeding is driving faster than the posted speed limit. To stop from doing this, read all road signs and follow the speed limit.
Disobeying Traffic Signals/Signs: Sometimes road signs can be hard to read, (particularly at night) and you miss the posted speed limit or animal crossing. But rolling through a stop sign (referred to as the California Stop, go figure!) or speeding through a yellow light is against the law. To avoid this, all you have to do is follow traffic laws, pretty easy stuff.
Night Driving: Even if you have a great set of headlights, it can still be difficult to see even two feet in front of you. If you can, save your trips for daylight hours.
Driving requires your full attention. To be a good driver, all it takes is following the rules and keeping both hands on the wheel. Find car insurance in your area with CoverHound today.