According to AAA, Americans spend an average of 17,600 minutes behind the wheel each year. That’s over 290 hours of driving! And that doesn’t include the time spent as a passenger. Most of us don’t need a statistic to confirm what we know: we spend a lot of time in the car. How safe are we during that time?
The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) compiles data each year to help answer that question. In addition to releasing raw numbers about injuries and fatalities from various types of accidents, OTS also publishes Collision Ranking Results. These rankings compare a city’s safety statistics to those of other cities of similar sizes. They help identify areas where your city might be excelling in safety as well as areas where your city might improve.
The charts above outline the data specifically for Vallejo California car accidents in 2016, the most recent year for which OTS has released data. Vallejo is grouped with 57 other California cities with a similar population size to facilitate comparison by way of OTS Collision Ranking. A ranking of 1/58 would be the highest or worst ranking, meaning that the situation listed occurred more in that city than in any other in the category. A higher number rank means the listed outcome occurred less often in that city. A 58/58 ranking would be the best ranking.
By examining the OTS charts, we can see that Vallejo car accidents led to a total of 811 deaths and injuries that year. The ranking shows Vallejo as 20/58, meaning that there were more deaths and injuries than in 38 other similarly-sized cities.
Remember that a low number in the ranking system is undesirable. It means it is a relatively high occurrence. These are the things that are happening more often in Vallejo than in similar cities. You can see on the chart that, sadly, there were 51 people injured and killed in pedestrian collisions in 2016. At that rate, Vallejo ranks 14/58, scoring better than only 13 other cities. With a 15/58 ranking for nighttime collisions, it would seem that driving at night is not as safe in Vallejo as in other cities. Another startling ranking is for Hit and Run accidents, for which there were 79 documented incidents landing Vallejo an 8/58 ranking.
On the other hand, Vallejo also ranked low in some categories. (Remember that a high number ranking is desirable. It means a relatively low occurrence.) Citizens of Vallejo seem to excel at bike safety, ranking 49/58 for collisions involving a bicyclist. The ranking is even better (55/58) when it comes to collisions involving a bicyclist under 15 years of age. Interestingly, while Vallejo did not rank well for collisions with pedestrians in general, it was ranked 46/58 for collisions with pedestrians under age 15. Vallejo also earned a 47/58 ranking for accidents where an underage driver had been drinking.
OTS compiles and publishes this data for a reason. This information can be used at both a personal and a municipal level to increase safety. For example, you may want to take extra precautions while driving at night knowing that Vallejo ranks relatively high for nighttime collisions. Or, based on this data, you may want to encourage your city to take action to increase safety for pedestrians.
However, even in the safest cities and with the best precautions, accidents happen. It’s important to be informed in the event you are involved in an accident. Be sure to download 5 Things You Must Do After a Car Crash, a free ebook written by Stephen Schofield, an attorney at Wells, Call, Clark, Bennett, and Clawson. If you have been injured in an accident, contact us to see how a personal injury attorney can help you.