Understanding Fatal Fairfield Car Accidents

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November 10, 2019
Edward Smith

Understanding Fatal Fairfield Car Accidents

Fairfield sits right between Sacramento and San Francisco, serves as the seat of the county government, and is the most populated city in Solano. This all means that Fairfield is a hub for both local and commuting traffic. Unfortunately, where there is traffic, there is also always a risk of serious auto accidents. While it isn’t likely that you will be involved in a crash on any given commute or trip to the store, it only takes one crash to change you and your family’s lives. Those who spend time driving on local roads may want to learn these statistics about how fatal Fairfield car accidents take place.

Collisions Overview

Data reported in research conducted by UC Berkeley shows that there were a total of 7,498 traumatic car accidents causing over 10,000 individual injuries in Fairfield between the years 2007 and 2018. Out of these accidents, 80, or about one percent, involved a fatal injury, resulting in 88 deaths over ten years.

The fatal accidents in Fairfield mostly involved passenger vehicles and/or commercial trucks. However, 17 involved a pedestrian while two involved a bicycle, and eighteen were motorcycle accidents. Additionally, just under half (39) of these accidents took place on a highway within Fairfield city limits.

Collision Type

The most common type of crash to cause fatal injuries in Fairfield has been hit-object accidents, which accounted for nearly 29 percent of the collisions in question. The next most common type of fatal accident was vehicle/pedestrian crashes, which accounted for about 19 percent. Other common fatal accident types included broadside, rear-end, and head-on collisions.

Primary Collision Factor

Not all accidents are caused by a negligent driver, but the large majority do happen because of a traffic violation. In Fairfield, almost a full third of fatal accidents have been caused by drivers exceeding speed limits while over one-quarter involved a driver under the influence of either drugs or alcohol. Other common violations that caused fatal accidents included improper turning, driving on the wrong side of the road, and unsafe lane changing. Less common violations included ignoring traffic signs, violating right-of-way laws, and tailgating.

What Can I Do After a Fatal Accident?

After a deadly car accident, families can be left in a very difficult situation both emotionally and financially. While it’s important to take time to focus on healing after such a traumatic event, many people are unable to focus on their personal lives due to financial concerns such as lost income, medical bills, funeral costs, and more. Grieving families deserve to have stability, and, for this reason, it’s important to reach out to a Fairfield wrongful death lawyer who can help you claim the compensation that you deserve for the losses you’ve suffered. Even if you are unsure of whether or not you will be able to file a claim, it’s always important to get expert advice on what you can do to help your family.

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I’m Ed Smith, a Fairfield wrongful death lawyer. Recovering as a family following a fatal crash can be hard. If a deadly collision affected your life, get in touch with me to receive free, friendly advice about the options available to you and your loved ones. Reach me at either (800) 404-5400 or (707) 564-1900.

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