Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths
The crude death rate from motor vehicle crashes for California was 11.8 deaths per 100,000 population, a risk of dying equivalent to approximately one death for every 8,455 persons. This rate was based on a three-year average number of deaths of 4,371.3 from 2004 to 2006 and a population of 36,957,436 as of July 1, 2005. Among counties with "reliable" rates, the crude rate ranged from 30.9 in Lake County to 5.8 in San Francisco County, a difference in rates by a factor of 5.3 to 1.
The age-adjusted death rate from motor vehicle crashes for California for the three-year period from 2004 to 2006 was 11.9 deaths per 100,000 population. Reliable age-adjusted death rates ranged from 26.9 in Tulare County to 5.5 in San Francisco County.
Six counties (four with reliable age-adjusted death rates) met the Healthy People 2010 National Objective 15-15a of no more than 8.0 age-adjusted deaths due to motor vehicle crashes per 100,000 population. The statewide age-adjusted death rate for motor vehicle crashes did not meet the national objective.