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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 9.7 per 100,000 residents. This is significantly lower than the national average of 11.7 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, CA

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 over 100 years 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.

If you hire M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers for help with your Los Angeles car accident claim, we’ll:

  • Investigate the collision to determine causation and liability 
  • Negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf while you focus on recovering 
  • Handle your claim from start to finish, keeping you updated at all times 
  • Monitor the applicable statute of limitations and timely file claims
  • Argue your case in a Los Angeles County court if we fail to secure a fair out-of-court settlement 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 Car Accidents in Los Angeles?

According to the most recent California Highway Patrol (CHP) report, 269,031 people were injured, and 3,737 people were killed in California motor vehicle traffic collisions in 2019. 

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) maintains a crash rankings database containing city and county statistics between 2017 and 2019. It only outlines the number of victims injured and killed in collisions each year – meaning there are many more annual car accidents that only cause property damage

According to the OTS database, the total crashes reported in Los Angeles County between 2017 and 2019 that injured or killed someone is as follows: 

  • 2017: 92,020
  • 2018: 91,462
  • 2019: 88,814

Here are the number of injury or fatal crashes reported in the City of Los Angeles:

  • 2017: 36,037 (39.16% of LA County’s collisions) 
  • 2018: 36,345 (39.74% of LA County’s collisions) 
  • 2019: 35,549 (40.03% of LA County’s collisions) 

Los Angeles regularly comprises around 40% of LA County’s crashes. 

These numbers are alarming. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a collision, contact our experienced Los Angeles car accident attorneys for help.

How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Los Angeles? 

Motorcycle collisions are common in California, especially because the state has the most registered motorcycles out of any other state in the country.

The number of motorcycle accidents that injured or killed someone in Los Angeles County is as follows:

  • 2017: 4,992
  • 2018: 5,010
  • 2019: 3,971

Here are the motorcycle accidents that resulted in injuries or fatalities in the city of Los Angeles: 

  • 2017: 1,582 (31.69% of LA County’s motorcycle collisions)
  • 2018: 1,688 (33.69% of LA County’s motorcycle collisions)
  • 2019: 1,305 (32.86% of LA County’s motorcycle collisions)

On average, the city of LA makes up around 33% of the county’s total motorcycle traffic accidents. 

How Common Are Bicycle Accidents in Los Angeles?

Here are the number of people who were injured or killed in bicycle accidents in Los Angeles County between 2017 and 2019: 

  • 2017: 3,757
  • 2018: 3,665
  • 2019: 3,389

People who were injured or died in bicycle crashes in the city of Los Angeles are as follows: 

  • 2017: 1,980 (52.7% of LA County’s bicycle accidents)
  • 2018: 1,908 (52.06% of LA County’s bicycle accidents)
  • 2019: 1,801 (53.14% of LA County’s bicycle accidents)

The city of Los Angeles makes up over half of the county’s total bike accidents. 

How Common Are Pedestrian Accidents in Los Angeles?

The number of pedestrians who were injured or killed in Los Angeles County is as follows: 

  • 2017: 6,412
  • 2018: 6,363
  • 2019: 5,931

Here are the number of pedestrians who were killed in the city of Los Angeles: 

  • 2017: 3,528 (55.02% of LA County’s pedestrian accidents)
  • 2018: 3,563 (56% of LA County’s pedestrian accidents)
  • 2019: 3,319 (55.96% of LA County’s pedestrian accidents)

The pedestrians injured or killed in the city of Los Angeles make up nearly 56% of the county’s total pedestrian accidents – higher than both motorcycle and bicycle accidents. 

Statistics on Hit-and-Run Accidents in Los Angeles

Hit-and-run accidents are shockingly common in Los Angeles County; those causing injuries or fatalities are as follows: 

  • 2017: 8,547
  • 2018: 8,331
  • 2019: 8,096

Here are the number of injury or fatal hit-and-run crashes in the city of Los Angeles between 2017 and 2019: 

  • 2017: 4,563 (53.39% of LA County’s hit-and-run crashes)
  • 2018: 4,394 (52.74% of LA County’s hit-and-run crashes)
  • 2019: 4,319 (53.35% of LA County’s hit-and-run crashes)

On average, the city of Los Angeles makes up around 53% of LA County’s hit-and-run collisions. 

Statistics on Los Angeles DUI Accidents That Cause Injuries or Fatalities  

Fatal or injury crashes involving alcohol in Los Angeles County are as follows: 

  • 2017: 7,271
  • 2018: 7,389
  • 2019: 7,271

Here are the DUI accident statistics for the city of Los Angeles: 

  • 2017: 2,689 (36.98% of LA County’s DUI crashes)
  • 2018: 2,801 (37.91% of LA County’s DUI crashes)
  • 2019: 2,913 (40.01% of LA County’s DUI crashes)

DUIs in LA comprise around 38% of the county’s fatal and injury DUI crashes on average. 

What Are the Primary Causes of Los Angeles Car Accidents?

Driver error and negligence cause the vast majority of traffic accidents in Los Angeles.

Some driver behaviors and errors that lead to accidents include:

  • Speeding or traveling too fast for road conditions
  • Improper turns or lane changes
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol 
  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving 
  • Tailgating 
  • Failure to obey traffic regulations 
  • Aggressive or reckless driving 
  • Passenger negligence
  • Road defects 

Traffic and road conditions also play a role in LA car accidents. 

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Los Angeles Auto Accident Lawyers

Car accidents in Los Angeles can result in serious injuries and permanent disabilities. Our Los Angeles car accident law firm handles all types of car accidents including:

To learn about the compensation you can seek for your injuries, contact M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

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