Statistics on Traffic Violations in Auburn

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April 17, 2019
Edward Smith

Traffic Violations in Auburn

Auto accidents can happen anywhere and sometimes can’t be avoided. However, the large majority of collisions are caused because a driver commits a traffic violation. In Auburn, there were 534 traumatic auto accidents between 2007 and 2019 and less than three percent of them were caused by something other than a traffic violation. Those living in Auburn may want to learn a little bit more about the traffic violations that have caused serious accidents in their city during recent years.

Violations Listed

The list below includes the most common traffic violations in Auburn in order from most to least number of accidents caused between the years mentioned above. Next to each violation is the number of accidents it caused.

  • Speeding, 209
  • DUI, 72
  • Improper Turning, 44
  • Right-of-Way, 44
  • Unsafe Lane Changing, 21
  • Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road, 19
  • Tailgating, 16
  • Sign and/or Signal Violations, 14

Less common violations included unsafe starting or backing up, improper passing, and dangerous parking maneuvers.


Speeding is not only the leading cause of traumatic and fatal accidents in Auburn but also for the majority of cities in Northern California. Speeding is an especially dangerous violation because it makes accidents more likely to happen under many different driving conditions. Vehicles that are traveling at higher speeds are less able to stop or maneuver out of the way in case of a hazard in the road. In situations where the road is slick with rain or snow, high speeds can make it even more likely that the driver will lose control of the vehicle.

Additionally, the faster that a vehicle is traveling, the more severe injuries tend to be. Data from NHTSA suggests that accidents that involve vehicles traveling over 70 miles per hour almost always result in severe or fatal trauma.


Driving under the influence is also very dangerous and, like speeding, makes it more difficult for drivers to avoid other roadway hazards. Intoxicated drivers have less control over their vehicles, but are also more likely to make serious mistakes due to impaired judgment. This can mean that accidents involving alcohol are even more dangerous than crashes involving other factors. The NHTSA has reported that alcohol is involved in around one-third of the United State’s fatal car accidents.

Violations and Liability

After an accident happens, people who are left with injuries can frequently recover for their losses by pursuing payments from negligent parties. When drivers commit traffic violations, they are normally considered negligent if they are involved in a crash. However, injury claims can be complicated, and there can be more than one negligent party in an accident. If you or someone you know was injured because of a reckless driver, it’s important to speak with an Auburn personal injury lawyer who has dealt with cases like yours. Learn more about contacting an attorney by watching this video:

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