Auburn Car Accident Statistics

Auburn Car Accident Statistics

Auburn is a wonderful city that sits right on the edge of the Sierra Nevadas, affording residents easy access to striking views of the nearby mountains as well as a quick commute to the major metropolitan area of Sacramento. However, even though Auburn is a small and easy-going community, it is located on one of the largest highways in the country between two very popular Northern California destinations. This means that Auburn sometimes sees heavy traffic. Unfortunately, where vehicles are on the road, there is always the risk of car accidents that cause severe or even life-changing injuries. Those who frequently drive in the Auburn area may be interested in the following statistics about how car accidents affect their city. The information included in this blog is from a 2018 report published by UC Berkeley researchers.

Crash Overview

Between January 2006 and December 2017, Auburn saw a total of 496 injury-causing car accidents. These accidents included 22 bicycle crashes, 25 pedestrian collisions, and 69 motorcycle wrecks. Over half of the 496 crashes took place on a state-operated roadway within the city of Auburn.

Collision Times

Across every day of the week, the most traumatic collisions took place between noon and 6:00 p.m. However, the period with the highest accident rate was Thursdays from noon to 3:00 p.m. The second highest rate was on Mondays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Altogether, crashes in Auburn tended to happen more often during the day than at night.


Throughout the total 496 crashes, 627 individuals were injured, and seven more lost their lives. The majority of people who were injured (about 66 percent) did not suffer visible injuries but complained of pain at the site of the accident. About 25 percent of injured individuals suffered moderate injuries, and around seven percent were severely hurt.

Compared to the entirety of Placer County, collisions in Auburn usually involved less severe injuries, but the difference was slight. The largest disparity between Placer County and Auburn was in non-visible trauma, which occurred about six percent less frequently countywide than in the city itself.


The most dangerous traffic violation in Auburn during this period was speeding, which caused nearly 200 traumatic collisions. Speeding caused three times more injury crashes than the next-most-common primary violation factor, driving under the influence. These two factors caused more than half of the accidents in question. Some of the least common accident-causing violations included improper turning, unsafe lane changes, and violating right-of-way laws.

Talking with a Lawyer

After a crash, people are often left with serious expenses. Paying for surgeries, medication, in-home care, and other costs can seem impossible, but those who have been injured in a crash can often claim compensation from negligent parties by filing a personal injury claim. These claims can vary widely between cases, and it’s best to speak to an Auburn personal injury lawyer to learn about your specific circumstances. To get a bit more information about the first stages of a personal injury case, take a look at the below video:

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