Collision Statistics for Chico

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March 25, 2019
Edward Smith

Collision Statistics for Chico

As one of the largest cities in Northern California and a major hub for the surrounding area, Chico is a lively and bustling place. Naturally, so much activity comes along with a fair amount of vehicle traffic. Residents know that Chico can sometimes see heavy traffic and, unfortunately, where vehicles travel, there is usually a risk of serious car accidents. Chico has been the location of thousands of injury-causing car accidents in the past decade. While it is not always possible to avoid an auto accident, drivers can reduce their chance of being injured during a crash by learning about collisions in their area. Chico drivers may be interested in the following data regarding local accidents.

Accidents Overview

Information from UC Berkeley research shows that there were 3,057 traumatic accidents in Chico between 2006 and 2018. Ten percent of these accidents involved a pedestrian. Additionally, around 5 percent involved a motorcycle, and approximately 19 percent included a bicycle. These crashes caused a total of 3,988 injuries as well as 40 fatalities. Additionally, about one-third of the accidents took place on a state-operated highway within Chico city limits.

Accident Locations

For one reason or another, some areas are more dangerous for drivers than others. The following Chico intersections saw a relatively high number of accidents over the last decade:

  • Esplanade and East Avenue
  • Esplanade and 1st Avenue
  • Mangrove and 5th Avenue
  • Oroville Avenue and 9th Street
  • Oroville Avenue and Humboldt Avenue
  • East Avenue and Cohasset Road
  • Oleander Avenue and 1st Avenue
  • Ivy Street and 8th Street
  • Main Street and Humboldt Avenue
  • Walnut and Second Streets

Crash Times

The period with the most car accident in Chico was between noon and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays. Accident rates during these periods were about twice as high as at most other times. During these periods, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. were especially dangerous. Weekends saw dramatically fewer crashes, and only a small number of collisions happened between midnight and 5:00 a.m. Accidents that occurred during the early morning took place most often on the weekend.


Car accidents are sometimes caused by factors outside of the driver’s control. However, it is more common for accidents to be caused by a traffic violation. The following offenses are listed from most to least commonly as factors in Chico crashes:

  • Speeding
  • Right-of-Way violations
  • Traffic signal or sign violations
  • Driving under the influence
  • Dangerous turns
  • Driving in oncoming traffic
  • Pedestrian violations
  • Tailgating

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