In 2006 and 2007, California had a problem with traffic fatalities. 4,240 people died in traffic accidents in 2006, with 3,995 perishing in these wrecks the following year. It was in 2008 that the state really began to push that number down, and by 2010, the number of traffic fatalities per year fell below 3,000. It remained below that threshold until 2013, when it crept just above that limit to 3,107 fatalities in the year.
Since then, the number has remained stable hovering in the 3,100s while showing a slight tendency to creep up. This is only natural. As traffic fatality numbers rise, officials become more aware of the problem and the need to fix it. A breaking point is reached (like in 2006 and 2007) and efforts are made to reduce the number. Once some goals are achieved, it is simply human nature to get lax and for the effect to fade a little bit.
That is what we are seeing now, and though the numbers are far better than they were in 2006 and 2007, traffic fatalities have been on the rise since 2010 (with the tiny exception of 2013 to 2014, which saw 3,107 people die in traffic accidents and 3,103 people die in traffic accidents, respectively). It is an important reminder for everyone out on the road to be as safe as possible.
If you have been in an accident and it can be proven that another driver is at fault for the wreck, then you should consider litigation to hold that person accountable.
Source: NHTSA, “State Traffic Safety Information,” Accessed Aug. 28, 2017