A report by the California Highway Patrol says that exactly 2,995 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2012. Each of these people had their own individual lives. They likely had families, friends, hopes and dreams. Some of them were the victims of a reckless or negligent driver. Others may have been at least partially responsible for the accident.
Though may seem impersonal to look at these 2,995 fatalities as a set of statistics instead of lives lost, reports like the CHP’s 2012 annual report of car accidents involving injury and death may shed some insight on how these sorts of wrecks occur.