Incidence of Fatal Accidents in Anderson, California


Incidence of Fatal Accidents in Anderson, California

I’m Ed Smith, an Anderson personal injury lawyer. Anderson, California, is a peaceful town in Shasta County where lumber and retail work are the main industries. Traffic in the area is less than its southern neighbors. Overall, accidents do not happen as frequently as the state average, and fatalities are much lower. I thought residents might be interested in some of the statistics.

Overall Fatal Accident Statistics

Overall statistics for Anderson fatal accidents compared to the California average (1975-2014) are:


Anderson, California

California Average

Fatal accidents



No. of vehicles involved



Fatalities involving impaired



Fatal occurrences



No. of people in accidents with fatality



Pedestrians involved



Fatal Accidents in 2014

There were two fatal accidents in Anderson in 2014, the last year statistics are available. One crash occurred in September 5 on Northbound I-5, a stretch of road that follows the Sacramento River and is called Cascade Wonderland Highway. The single-vehicle accident happened at 10:15 p.m. Both people in the vehicle were killed in the crash. The accident involved an impaired driver.

The second accident occurred on March 24 at 8:45 p.m. on Palm Avenue, a rural, two-lane highway.  The accident involved two vehicles with one fatality. Of the two drivers, one was impaired.

Fatal Accidents in 2013

There were two fatal accidents in 2013. The first occurred on July 4 at 9:55 p.m. on Lassen Avenue, a rural, two-lane roadway. Two vehicles were involved in the crash, and one of the drivers was reported to be impaired. There was a single fatality in this accident. A pedestrian involved in the accident, according to reports, was injured.

The second crash in 2013 occurred at the intersection of CA 273 and Ox Yoke Road. This two-vehicle crash occurred at 6:45 p.m. on August 25. Of the four people involved in the accident, one died. Alcohol or drugs was not involved in the crash.

Percentage of Fatal Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of fatalities in 2015 rose by about 7.2 percent over the previous year. This resulted in 35,052 deaths. This level of percentage increase has not been recorded since 1966. While the numbers are lower than they were 10 years ago, safety features, such as seat belt restraints, air bags and an effort to target drunk driving, are higher now than they were at any time in history. One reason for the increased level of fatalities might be that an unprecedented number of Americans are taking to the road.

The increase is not limited to cars and trucks. The number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities also increased in 2015. This may be due to more people taking up cycling and walking as a form of regular exercise. Motorcyclists in 2015 were involved in fatal accidents 8 percent more often.

Comparison of 1975 to 2015 for Fatalities on the Road

In order to compare what the number of fatalities were in four categories over the period 1975 vs. 2015, take a look at the following:


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Causes of Fatal Accidents

Drinking and driving are one of the major causes of fatal accidents. Impaired drivers often weave in traffic and leave their lane, a common cause of head-on collisions particularly on rural roads. Distracted driving is another major cause of fatalities. Using a smart phone or texting takes the driver’s attention away from the road as does eating while driving.

Other common reasons for fatal accidents are:

  • Not yielding the right of way
  • Not adjusting to road or weather conditions
  • Improper turns


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