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Deadly Car Accidents in Fairfield

Fairfield Deadly Car Crashes

Anybody who lives in Fairfield knows that the city sees a large volume of both local and commuter traffic. As the largest city in Solano County and the Sacramento Valley’s gateway to the San Francisco Bay Area, thousands of vehicles pass through Fairfield every day. Because of this, the area has a higher risk of vehicle accidents and numerous traumatic collisions take place in the city every year. While it isn’t always possible to anticipate or avoid a dangerous crash, Fairfield drivers can improve their roadway safety by learning about how fatal accidents tend to happen in their area.

Accidents Overview

Information based on reports by California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Fairfield Police Department (FPD) shows that there were 7,487 vehicle accidents resulting in traumatic injuries that took place within city limits between January 2007 and December 2018. Out of these 7,487 accidents, 77 left one or more person with injuries that cost them their life. This means that fatal accidents accounted for just over one percent of Fairfield’s traumatic accidents. For reference, this is significantly lower than the rate for Vallejo, which had a fatal accident rate of 1.66 percent. Likewise, Fairfield had a lower rate of crash fatalities than Solano County as a whole, which had an accident death percentage of 1.94.

Fatal accidents in Fairfield most often only caused one fatality, with a total of 83 deaths divided between 77 accidents. Fifteen of these accidents involved a pedestrian while two involved a bicycle and 18 were motorcycle collision. Additionally, 37 of the accidents in question happened on a highway inside of Fairfield while the rest took place on municipal streets.

Collision Type

The following list contains the most common types of collisions to cause deadly injuries in Fairfield from most to least common.

  • Hit Object
  • Vehicle/Pedestrian
  • Broadside
  • Rear End
  • Head-on
  • Sideswipe
  • Overturned

Causal Violation

When drivers decide to ignore the rules of the road, they put people in serious danger and the large majority of traffic accidents are caused by a reckless driving violation. The following violations are listed next to the number of fatal collisions they caused in Fairfield from 2007 to 2019.

  • Speeding, 24
  • DUI, 20
  • Improper Turning, 8
  • Pedestrian Violation, 5
  • Wrong Side of Road, 4
  • Right-of-Way, 3

The remaining violations all caused less than three accidents each and included traffic signal violations and pedestrian right of way issues.

Handling a Fatal Accident

After receiving news of a fatal collision, people can find it difficult to know how to respond. Often, it can be difficult to focus on daily life while experiencing intense grief after such a tragic event. The process of coping with loss is different for everybody but often includes taking time to be with your loved ones. While taking your time is very important, you should not delay speaking with a Fairfield wrongful death lawyer. Wrongful death cases are complex, and liable parties often put a lot of manpower into defending their interests. Having a lawyer on your side right away is often a vital part of claiming fair compensation.

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Fairfield Wrongful Death Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Fairfield wrongful death lawyer. Crashes are often tragic. If you have been affected by a fatal auto accident, I can give you free, friendly advice about your legal options. To speak with me personally, dial either (800) 404-5400 or (707) 564-1900.

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