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Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics

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Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics

The city of Los Angeles is the second-most populous city in the U.S. With just short of 3.9 million residents, Los Angeles has more car accidents resulting in injury or death than any other city in California.

But California as a whole and Los Angeles, in particular, have low traffic accident rates. California sees a death rate of about 9 per 100,000 residents. This is significantly lower than the national average of 11 per 100,000 residents. Los Angeles has an even lower traffic death rate at 7.4 per 100,000 residents.

Continue reading for an overview of Los Angeles car accident statistics.

How M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Car Accident in Los Angeles

How M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Car Accident in Los Angeles

Being in any type of car accident is stressful and financially devastating. The Los Angeles car accident lawyers at M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers have decades of combined experience helping injured victims in Southern California. The firm has recovered over $400 million in compensation for injured clients since 2013 and is ready to fight for you, too.

M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers has been recognized for its legal advocacy and skills, including awards for:

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers — the National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers — the National Trial Lawyers
  • California Super Lawyers — Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys in California — the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 

Our talented attorneys have also received several awards for service, including Avvo’s Client’s Choice Award for excellent client service. We have earned these awards by winning some of the largest verdicts in California’s history – and we’re prepared to put that experience to work for you.

To learn what M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers can do for your car accident case, contact us or call us at (877) 300-4535 to schedule a free consultation.

How Common Are Los Angeles Car Accidents?

Traffic experts do not know exactly how many car accidents occur in the U.S. annually. However, they estimate about 6 million accidents happen every year. 

In an average year, about 36,000 Americans die in traffic accidents. Over 2.5 million Americans seek emergency treatment for injuries they receive in traffic accidents.

In 2021, LA had 12,567 traffic accidents. This means that LA saw about 35 traffic accidents every day, or an average of almost one-and-a-half traffic crashes every hour. These accidents included 1,470 pedestrian accidents, 517 bicycle accidents, and 969 motorcycle accidents.

More broadly, 2021 saw 40,669 traffic accidents across LA County. The county had 3,480 pedestrian accidents, 1,780 bicycle accidents, and 2,752 motorcycle accidents in 2021.

What Are the Primary Types of Los Angeles Car Accidents?

No neighborhood or road is immune from car accidents. Car accidents happen on the freeways and highways that cross Los Angeles. They also occur in Downtown LA and the suburbs.

The most common collision type in LA is a rear-end collision. About 34.4% of crashes are rear-end collisions. These often occur due to distracted or aggressive driving by the rear vehicle’s driver.

18.6% of collisions in LA are broadside collisions. These collisions almost always happen at intersections. They occur when someone fails to yield the right of way.

The third most common collision in Los Angeles is a sideswipe. Sideswipe collisions usually happen during lane changes.

What Are the Primary Causes of LA Car Accidents?

Traffic and road conditions play a role in LA car accidents. However, driver error causes the vast majority of traffic accidents in LA.

Some driver behaviors and errors that lead to accidents include:


Speeding causes nearly 35% of accidents in LA. Speeding includes both exceeding the speed limit and traveling too fast for road conditions.

Many California drivers get accustomed to clear weather and dry roads. 

Drivers sometimes fail to adjust their driving when they experience adverse conditions like:

  • Rain
  • Wind
  • Smoke
  • Fog and smog
  • Glare

Driving too fast during adverse conditions can cause you to lose control of your vehicle, even if you do not exceed the posted speed limit.

Improper Turn

Improper turns can cause a few types of accidents, including:

  • A driver turning right can hit a pedestrian or bicycle to the right of the vehicle
  • A driver turning left can misjudge the speed or distance of approaching vehicles
  • A driver turning into traffic can fail to spot an oncoming vehicle

About 12.5% of LA traffic accidents result from an improper turn.

Intoxicated Driving

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can impair your judgment and reaction time. Intoxicated driving leads to about 10% of Los Angeles traffic accidents.

What Types of Injuries Result from Los Angeles Car Accidents?

Los Angeles car accidents usually cause moderate injuries. About 54.5% of accidents resulted in minor complaints of pain in 2021. Another 29.7% caused a minor visible injury.

About 13.6% of LA car accidents in 2021 caused severe injury. 

These injuries require transportation to a hospital and may include:

  • Severe bleeding
  • Bone fractures
  • Brain injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

In 2021, 289 people died in LA traffic accidents.

Recovering Compensation After a Los Angeles Car Accident

California uses a fault-based system of auto insurance. This means that the at-fault driver’s insurer should cover the damages caused by their policyholder. However, the injured person can also file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver to recover any damages not covered by or exceeding their liability policy. 

Liability will fall on the driver who acted negligently in causing the accident. The injured person will have to prove that the driver was at-fault to recover damages. The negligent driver is the one who acted with unreasonable carelessness under the circumstances. 

For example, a driver who rear-ends another driver will usually bear liability for the accident because the driver failed to follow at a safe distance.

The drivers may share liability under certain circumstances. California uses pure comparative fault to allocate damages after an accident. Your damages will be reduced in proportion to your share of the fault. Thus, if a jury finds you 20% at fault for an accident, you can only recover 80% of your damages.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyers

Car accidents in Los Angeles can result in serious injuries and permanent disabilities. To learn about the compensation you can seek for your injuries, contact M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.