Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics 2024 – Traffic Fatalities LA

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By | April 27, 2024

Due to the complex highway and roadway systems in Los Angeles, as well as its dense population, the city continues to be one of the leading municipalities in the United States for traffic congestion. This congestion, as well as other certain factors, leads to a large number of car accidents each year in Los Angeles and the surrounding county. By understanding current Los Angeles car accident statistics, drivers on the city’s roads can make informed decisions.

City of Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics

In the city of Los Angeles, 336 people died in traffic-related incidents in 2023, which outnumbered the number of deaths in the city due to homicides. Of the individuals who died, 179 of them were pedestrians. The number of fatal crashes increased 8% from 2022 to 2023. Furthermore, fatal hit-and-runs increased by 23% from 2022 to 2023, resulting in 106 traffic accident deaths. At the same time, the homicide rate dropped 17% from 2022 to 2023.

2024 Car Accident Statistics in Los Angeles County

In 2022, there were 1,059 deaths of residents in Los Angeles County due to motor vehicle accidents. Of these deaths, 375 cases involved pedestrians who had been hit by a motor vehicle, 347 cases involved motor vehicle occupants who perished in a car accident, 168 cases involved unspecified individuals who were involved in the motor vehicle accident, 130 cases involved motorcyclists who died, and 39 cases involved pedal cyclists who died in the motor vehicle accident. In Los Angeles County, there were 8,168 non-fatal injury hospitalizations related to motor vehicle accidents in 2022. Of these hospitalizations, 4,348 were motor vehicle occupants, 1,503 were pedestrians, 1,385 were motorcyclists, 496 were pedal cyclists, and 30 cases involved other individuals involved in a motor vehicle accident. 442 of the hospitalizations were related to motor vehicle accidents that were not traffic-related. In 2022, there were 69,987 emergency department visits that were a result of non-fatal motor vehicle traffic injuries. Of these reported motor vehicle traffic accident injuries, 59,101 were occupants of a motor vehicle, 3,945 were motorcyclists, 2,760 were pedal cyclists, and 4,146 were pedestrians. Due to the high rates of deaths and injuries associated with motor vehicle traffic accidents in Los Angeles County, residents should exercise increased caution.

Addressing the Car Accident Crisis in Los Angeles

The alarming rates of traffic accidents that have led to serious injury and even death in the city of Los Angeles and the surrounding area have brought concern to residents, politicians, and other stakeholders in the city. While there are disagreements regarding optimal solutions to address the problem, certain initiatives have already been launched. Law enforcement has been dispatched to problem areas, resulting in increased traffic stops and vigilance in these places. Furthermore, the Vision Zero Initiative was launched in 2015 with the goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities by 2025. This plan includes various measures to address the complex problems leading to traffic accidents, including improving the safety and efficiency of public infrastructure, increasing traffic enforcement, and rolling out public education campaigns.


Q: How Common Are Car Accidents in LA?

A: In Los Angeles, car accidents commonly occur because of the large volumes of traffic coming into and out of the city, as well as the dense population. According to a recent report from U.S. News & World Report L.P., Los Angeles placed 31st in the nation for being one of the least safe cities for U.S. drivers. As car accidents are common in Los Angeles, it is important to exercise increased caution if you are a driver in the city or the surrounding areas. Being careful as you travel the roadways in the area can help you avoid a severe accident.

Q: Which County in California Has the Most Car Accidents?

A: In California, counties that tend to have bigger populations and higher volumes of traffic generally also have higher rates of car accidents. Los Angeles County tends to have the greatest number of car accidents in the state. This is due to its extensive population, the complex network of roadways and highways, and the high volume of vehicles each day. Los Angeles County not only includes the city of Los Angeles but also other densely populated areas that make up the greater metro region, which compounds the risk of car accidents.

Q: How Many Hit-and-Runs Happen in LA?

A: It is difficult to estimate the exact number of hit-and-run accidents that occur in Los Angeles and the surrounding county. This is mostly due to the challenge of reporting such incidents. However, it's important to note that hit-and-run incidents are a severe problem in Los Angeles. If you have been a victim of a hit-and-run accident in Los Angeles County, it is critical to get in touch with an experienced and skilled personal injury lawyer. They can help you hold the responsible person liable for their actions so you can get the compensation that you are entitled to.

Q: How Many Traffic Fatalities Occur Annually in CA?

A: The number of traffic fatalities in California varies by year based on factors such as patterns of movement and the changing populations of its cities. In 2021, there were 4,285 traffic fatalities, which was up 7.6% from the 3,980 traffic fatalities that occurred in the state in 2020. In 2021, the mileage death rate, or deaths that occurred per 100 million miles traveled, was 1.38. To avoid such accidents, it's important to take adequate precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road in California.

Work With a Dedicated Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney Today

If you have been in a car accident in Los Angeles that was caused by the reckless or negligent behavior of another party on the road, a compassionate and skilled lawyer from Duque & Price can help you work to get the compensation you are entitled to. We offer an initial consultation, in which you can express your grief and frustration, outlining the details of the case. That way, we can assess your damages and help you pursue compensation. Contact us today.
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From humble beginnings and son of hard-working immigrant parents, Brent Duque was raised in La Puente, California. After graduating from West Covina High School and Mt. San Antonio College, Mr. Duque went on to graduate from Cal State University Fullerton with a Bachelors degree in Political Science. After obtaining his undergraduate degree, Mr. Duque did his graduate studies in Education and Public Administration at California Polytechnic University Pomona. After working for other firms, Mr. Duque knew that if he opened his own firm, he could provide more aggressive representation, better communication with clients, and secure larger settlements and verdicts for his clients. In 2006, he started his firm and has had a remarkable and successful career that he attributes to his firm’s aggressive and relentless pursuit of justice for his clients. As owner and managing attorney of the firm, Mr. Duque has fought for and secured millions of dollars for his clients.

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