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Most Common Napa County Accident Types

Most Dangerous Napa County Accident Types

Napa County is a busy place, even in the current climate. Because so many people live and work across the county, there are usually plenty of vehicles on city and rural roads as well as on state highways. Unfortunately, anywhere that there is vehicle traffic, there is also the potential for serious collisions. While no driver can ever know exactly when or at what location a crash will happen, it is possible to improve your roadway safety by learning about local collision trends. For this reason, Napa drivers may be interested in the following data about the most common accident types in Napa County.

Napa County Collisions Overview

The following information is from reports filed by area traffic enforcement groups including California Highway Patrol and the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. These sources reported that there were 7,868 injury-related vehicle accidents in Napa County during the period between 2009 and 2020. These included 392 pedestrian accidents, 502 bike collisions, and 740 motorcycle wrecks. Additionally, around 47 percent of these accidents occurred on a state highway.

Most Common Accident Types

The following accident types are ranked according to the number of collisions marked as that type in Napa County between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2019.

  • Rear-End – 2,502 accidents
  • Broadside – 1,638
  • Hit Object – 1,625
  • Head-On – 520
  • Overturned – 492
  • Sideswipe – 473
  • Vehicle/Pedestrian – 371

According to this data, rear-end accidents accounted for 31.8 percent of collisions in total, while both broadside and hit object crashes were at around 21 percent each. This means that three accident types were responsible for more than 83 percent of injury-causing car accidents in Napa County.

Severe Accident Types

While these collision types accounted for the highest number of injuries, they were not the most severe accidents. Even though head-on and rollover accidents were relatively uncommon, they caused a significant percentage of severe and fatal car crash injuries in Napa County.

These accident types are especially dangerous for a number of reasons. For instance, rollover accidents often cause roof crush injuries when vehicle roofs are unable to withstand an impact. As another example, head-on crashes tend to be more severe because both vehicles transfer all of their force into each other, increasing the risk of major trauma.

Recovering from an Accident Injury

In many cases, people who survive car accidents face a very difficult process of recovery. Car accident injury recovery frequently involves multiple medical procedures that can include invasive surgeries. In order to regain their health, crash survivors also often need long-term physical therapy sessions. In the worst cases, survivors may experience life-long issues related to their injuries like impacted cognition, limited mobility, or chronic pain.

Furthermore, all of the necessary medical care can be prohibitively expensive. To make sure that you are able to pay for the treatments you need, it is very important to seek help from a Napa car accident lawyer. For more information about finding one, take a minute to view this video:


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I’m Ed Smith, a Napa car accident lawyer. It only takes one car accident to cause major injuries. If a crash injured you or somebody that you know, call me right away at (800) 404-5400 and locally at (707) 564-1900.

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