Traffic safety is a major concern on California highways and city roadways. Initiatives to keep drivers and their passengers safe on the roads are significant undertakings by the California State Transportation Authority. With more drivers on Los Angeles roadways than ever before, and despite law enforcement efforts and the Transportation Authority to protect citizens from danger, accidents can and will occur.
The number of traffic fatalities in California declined slightly from 2017 to 2018, resulting in a total of 3,563 vehicular accident-related deaths.
Many of the fatalities occurring on roadways are the result of alcohol or drug-impaired driving. Despite the more than $18.3M spent on alcohol-impaired driving initiatives
, and the more than $13.0M drug-impaired driving initiatives, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported an increase in both drug and alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in recent years.
Nationwide, 12% of car accident-related deaths take place in California, many in Los Angeles County. Statistically, Los Angeles is the most dangerous county in California, with roadway injuries and fatalities accounting for more than 82K cases annually. Despite laws against texting and driving, more than 40% of drivers report checking text, email, and other phone-related concerns while they are behind the wheel.
Approximately 80K auto accidents resulted in property damage within Los Angeles County in recent years. Additionally, of those accidents, 50K people experienced an injury as a result of vehicular accidents in the county. Sadly, many of those who suffer injury as a result of an auto accident in Los Angeles will struggle to receive compensation for their losses.