With an ever growing and dense population, Los Angeles is prone to traffic accidents. Sadly, some studies claim that on average there is a traffic related death every 40 hours, which totals to about 260 citizens a year. Though Los Angeles has made many efforts to diminish these horrifying statistics, the number continues to grow.
Listed below are a few common traffic accidents that, with a little preparation can be avoided:
Bicyclists. With the increasing popularity of bike share companies such as Jump and Metro Bike Share, many Californians have made the healthy transition to riding their bikes around the city. There were over 28 million bike share trips as recently as 2016 alone.
Though Los Angeles supports bicyclists and has added bicycle friendly lanes in the streets, heavy traffic still presents a danger. And a bicycle injury may still occur.Below are some alarming statistics:
- 2015 : 16 Bicyclist Deaths
- 2016: 22 Bicyclist Deaths
- 2017: 26 Bicyclist Deaths
- 2018: 21 Bicyclist Deaths
Motorcycles. Since 2017, motorcycles have grown in popularity as tailored events such as the Women’s Motorcycle Show have inspired cyclists to enjoy the freedom of the open road. Proudly, California has more registered motorcycles than any other state, but unfortunately, this also has caused the most deaths and motorcycle related injuries in the country.
Listed in order are the most dangerous California cities for motorcyclists:
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
- Orange County
- San Bernardino
Pedestrians. The Auto Insurance Center has deemed Los Angeles as the worst county to be a pedestrian, as the city has a consistent lead on pedestrian injury and fatalities due to car accidents. Horrifyingly, the school zone between Vincent St. and Pacific Coast Highway is known as one of the most dangerous intersections in America.
Below are the statistics for pedestrian deaths:
- 2015: 88 Pedestrian Deaths
- 2016: 116 Pedestrian Deaths
- 2017: 134 Pedestrian Deaths
- 2018: 127 Pedestrian Deaths