Aggressive, distracted or impaired drivers can cause accidents on any day of the year. However, there are some days when the rate of accidents and insurance claims is higher. For instance, accident rates tend to be higher around an NFL stadium after the home team loses a game. The claim rate increases by an average of 9.4 percent compared to just 3.2 percent if the home team wins.
According to reports from the California Highway Patrol, an accident that occurred on April 28 claimed the lives of three people, including a Los Banos High School teacher and the teacher's father. Also killed was the 30-year-old driver of the other involved vehicle.
California motorists might be interested in learning more about researchers' claims that the fatalities and injuries caused by driving while intoxicated may be reduced by increasing taxes on alcohol. After Illinois increased state taxes on alcohol in 2009, fatal car accidents involving alcohol declined 26 percent. The number of crashes involving drivers classified as being extremely drunk declined by 25 percent, while the number of crashes by drivers impaired by alcohol declined 22 percent.
A 51-year-old male passenger of a taxi was fatally injured in an accident on a transition road on the morning of March 16. The incident took place in Fairfield near the interchange of Interstate 680 and Interstate 80, and reports have indicated that the driver and one other passenger suffered injuries in the crash.
A 22-year-old Santa Clara woman who was apparently driving the wrong way on I-880 on Feb. 6 crashed head-on into another vehicle, killing herself and seriously injuring three people. The accident reportedly occurred around 12:34 a.m., prior to the police arriving in response to an emergency call that had been placed reporting she was traveling north in the southbound lanes.
A woman in Corona was killed in a fiery crash involving a suspected drunk driver on Jan. 18. The fatal two-car accident happened near Green River Road on the 91 Freeway at around 4 a.m. Before the fatal collision, the victim had been a passenger in a Honda that was disabled due to a separate accident that had taken place earlier. It is unclear what led to the first of the two car accidents.
A three-vehicle crash resulted in two deaths and several injuries on Jan. 4, and the California Highway Patrol reported that the crash occurred at around 6:17 p.m. on Highway 84. The Sunol crash happened when a 2007 Toyota Corolla headed west turned left while attempting to move onto eastbound Vallecitos Road.
According to authorities, four people were hospitalized Dec. 26 after a series of collisions on Edwards Street and Mar Vista Drive in Huntington Beach. The incident occurred at around 10:54 a.m. near the Westminster Mall after a 74-year-old man failed to stop his car and hit another car at an intersection. An additional vehicle and a motorcycle were also struck as a result of the accident.
On Dec. 7, a four-car accident in California resulted in the death of a 29-year-old woman. The accident occurred in Oceanside at about 9 a.m. when the deceased woman's Kia was rear-ended by a Ford F-150 truck. A Chevy pickup was also hit by the F-150, and the Kia struck a Toyota truck.
Two people lost their lives in a recent head-on crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Novato. The California Highway Patrol began receiving calls around midnight about a 1995 Toyota Camry station wagon traveling north in the southbound lane of the highway. As the male driver approached the crossing near Redwood Sanitary Landfill, he crashed into a 2013 Nissan Sentra occupied by another male driver and a female passenger.