Like other states, California has in the past several decades increased its speed limits. Whereas it used to be that the fastest any motorist could travel even on the interstate was 55 miles per hour, nowadays, Californians may be allowed to drive at 65 or even 70 miles per hour without exceeding the speed limit.
It is true that many traffic accidents in California and across the country are caused by drunk, drugged or clearly reckless drivers who care little for the rights of other people on the road. However, it does not take a malicious or poorly behaved motorist to cause an accident. All it really takes is a little inattentiveness or thoughtlessness.
Though it is one of the most common behaviors that people across the country engage in on a daily basis, driving is also incredibly dangerous. While many people go out and about and spend their lives without ever becoming involved in a car accident, thousands of others become injured or lose their lives in crashes on a daily basis. Their lives have become irrevocably altered by the actions of a single, often irresponsible, driver.
Though it has been illegal to use a hand-held phone in California for the last 10 years, the percentage of drivers using their phones while driving increased in 2018. According to people present at intersections around California, at any one moment, 4.5 percent of drivers were using their cellphones in 2018. This demonstrated an increase from 3.6 percent last year.
Southern California is experiencing a slew of high-profile car accidents between rapper Soulja Boy in a severe crash and several other car-related fatalities since the beginning of 2019.