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In the United States, the automobile is a way of life – especially in Los Angeles, California. Most of us drive or ride in a car, bus, truck, or other motor vehicle every day. However, because of how ubiquitous cars are to our lives, we often forget just how dangerous they can be and how often serious car crashes occur. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, automobile accidents are the cause of one death every 12 to 15 minutes and injure more than 2.5 million people each year. Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers have seen firsthand, that nearly half of those injured come away with permanent disabilities like brain damage, paralysis, amputation injuries, orthopedic injuries and other serious ailments that significantly and negatively affect the lives of crash victims. In cases where a death results, the family members of those killed suffer both emotionally and, often, financially.
How Can a Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney Help?
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident in the Los Angeles area, our attorneys can help. At Panish Shea & Boyle, our car accident attorneys have significant experience handling all manner of motor vehicle collision cases.
- We have secured over one billion dollars for our clients in the past 10 years.
- We have the skills, experience and resources needed to take cases where they need to go.
- We have a proven track record of winning cases against large insurance companies, government entities and even automobile and parts manufacturers.
- We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we charge absolutely no fees unless we win.
- We advance all costs associated with the cases we handle.
- We offer a free and confidential case evaluation.
How Can I Hold a Negligent Party Responsible for My Accident?
If you’ve lost a loved one or sustained a very serious injury in a car accident because of another driver’s carelessness, you have the right to hold that driver responsible for his or her actions. A Los Angeles car accident lawyer can’t make things the way they were before the crash, but we can help compensate you for the terrible, unexpected losses the crash caused. A motor vehicle accident lawsuit can also help pay high medical bills and other costs caused by the accident, and provide financial support for those who’ve lost an income to an injury or an unexpected death. And in some cases, it can help you prevent a similar tragedy from happening to others. A lawsuit is often the only way to hold wrongdoers and companies accountable for actions that put consumers at risk. Panish Shea & Boyle has a demonstrated history of success in auto and tire defect cases, including a $4.9 billion verdict against General Motors (GM).
Common Injuries Suffered in Car Accidents
A car accident in Los Angeles can result in serious and sometimes permanent injuries. Some of the injuries you could suffer in a car crash include:
- Back, head, and neck injuries such as whiplash
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Injuries to the spinal cord
- Broken bones and internal injuries
- Scrapes and cuts
- Injuries to the extremities
- Mental and emotional injuries such as PTSD
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries after a motor vehicle accident, speak to a car accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss how you can recover compensation for your losses.
What Can I Do To Reduce My Risk of an Auto Accident?
While you can never completely avoid the risk of a car accident altogether, you can significantly reduce the chance that you or your loved ones suffer serious injury or death.
Wear your seatbelt – Research has found that the proper use of a seatbelt reduces the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by as much as 45 percent and the risk of moderate-to-severe injury by up to 50 percent. Observational data from NOPUS has put seatbelt use for all U.S. passenger vehicles at around 86 percent. Buckle up.
Use car safety seats for children – According to the NHTSA, proper use of child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers in passenger car accidents.
Obey the speed limit – The NHTSA reports that 26 percent of fatal accidents are speed related – that amounts to over 9,378 deaths in 2018.
Keep up with safety recalls for your vehicle – 2014 was the “year of the auto recall” with automakers issuing more than 550 recalls for more than 52 million vehicles. Some of the recalls are for minor issues, but many were issued to fix very real safety issues. For example, Ford issued a recall for 2 parts in the ignition of several models that could cause the car to shut off and lose steering and prevent the airbag from deploying. You can search for recalls by vehicle make and model or by entering your car’s VIN into the database at safercar.gov.
Don’t drink and drive – Over 17,000 motor vehicle fatalities in 2018 were caused by drunk driving.
Watch out for pedestrians – In 2018, 6,238 pedestrians were killed by cars in the United States and the vast majority were not at intersections. For more information about this topic, visit our pedestrian accidents page.
Types of Car Accident Cases that Panish Shea & Boyle Has Handled
The Los Angeles car accident attorneys at Panish Shea & Boyle are no strangers to handling car accident claims involving serious injury or death. We have repeatedly fought for our client’s rights and secured millions of dollars in car accident verdicts and settlements. Among our wins include:
- $36.5 million verdict for a woman seriously injured when a truck hit the car in which she was a passenger
- $10 million settlement for the family of a teenager who was killed when a truck rear-ended his family’s vehicle
- $9 million settlement for another teenager who lost both legs when her vehicle struck a broken highway guardrail.
- Our Los Angeles Uber accident attorneys have handled claims against this rideshare company and Lyft as well.
Our dedicated personal injury attorneys have won over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for their clients.
Who is Liable For My Car Accident Injuries?
Depending on the specifics of your accident, one or more parties could be held responsible for damages in a car accident.
- A negligent driver whose actions caused the crash.
- A car manufacturer if your accident was caused by a defective car part or model.
- A governmental agency if your crash was caused by poor road conditions.
An attorney will investigate who or what caused your accident and determine who can be held responsible for the losses you suffered. California fault laws state that even if you are partially responsible for causing a car accident, you can still file a claim and recover compensation. The compensation you recover will be reduced by the percentage of fault you are allocated.
What to Do After a Car Accident
The actions a car accident victim takes after a crash could play an important role in the outcome of a car accident case. Some of the steps you should take after a motor vehicle accident include:
- Seek medical treatment. Even if you don’t have any visible injuries, you could have a concussion or other serious injuries that need medical care.
- Contact the police. The police will create an accident report that can help support a car accident claim.
- Gather evidence and contact information. Take pictures of the scene of the accident, gather contact information from the parties involved and any witnesses, ask for the other driver’s driver’s license information, license plate number, and make and model of the vehicle.
- Document your injuries. Make sure you save all medical records from your injuries.
- Don’t post on social media. Avoid posting anything related to your accident on social media, even something innocent could be misinterpreted and affect your case.
- Contact a car accident attorney. Call a Los Angeles car accident lawyer as soon as possible after a car accident to discuss your legal options and fight for the compensation that you deserve.
Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics
- How do LA Freeways and Roadways Factor into Vehicle Collisions?
- Top 5 Most Dangerous Intersections in Los Angeles for Auto Collisions
- How many Alcohol Related Vehicle Fatalities Happen in Los Angeles?
- How Does California Compare to the Rest of the Nation with Motor Vehicle Fatalities?
There many contributing factors to the large number of car and motor vehicle accidents that occur in Los Angeles. However, none are bigger than the sheer amount of motorists on the thousands of miles of roadways and highways. According to the California Department of Transportation, there are over 20,771 miles of total roadways, 527 miles of freeway and 382 miles of conventional highway in Los Angeles County. In addition, there are over 5.8 million registered cars and well over 7.5 million total motor vehicles in Los Angeles county. Incredibly, only 5 STATES have more registered vehicles than Los Angeles County and this figure is only going up as 600,000 cars are sold in L.A. every year. On an average day, motorists in Los Angeles county drive over 92 million vehicle miles.
Car accidents happen all over Los Angeles, as many people have to spend a lot of time in their cars in traffic, as well as travel lengthy distances to commute to-and-from work. There are particular areas in Los Angeles where we find higher occurrences of car accident fatalities. From our recent study, here are the Top 5 Most Dangerous Intersections for Auto Collisions in Los Angeles county.
- Sierra Highway – Santa Clarita Valley
- I-405 in Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys
- I-5 Golden State Freeway
- Route 57
- State Route 118 / Ronald Reagan Fwy
Top 5 Intersections for Hit and Run Crashes in Los Angeles
Also from a recent DataScience study, see below for the Top 5 Intersections for Hit and Run Auto Accidents in Los Angeles Between November 2014 and October 2015:
- Van Nuys Boulevard & Roscoe Boulevard
- S. Figueroa Street & W. Manchester Avenue
- S. Vermont Avenue & W. 3rd Street
- Sepulveda Boulevard & Burbank Boulevard
- S. Western Avenue & W. Florence Avenue
Los Angeles Car Accident Fatality Statistics
There are other important statistics around the fatality rates from car accidents in Los Angeles. From California’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRs), here are some other staggering realities.
Single Vehicle Crash Fatalities in Los Angeles:
2017: 368 Fatalities
2016: 472 Fatalities
2015: 389 Fatalities
2014: 359 Fatalities
2013: 379 Fatalities
Speeding Involved Auto Crash Fatalities in Los Angeles:
2017: 214 Fatalities
2016: 308 Fatalities
2015: 231 Fatalities
2014: 240 Fatalities
2013: 245 Fatalities
2017: 192 Fatalities
2016: 240 Fatalities
2015: 149 Fatalities
2014: 172 Fatalities
2013: 187 Fatalities
Rollover Involved Crash Fatalities in Los Angeles:
2017: 69 Fatalities
2016: 98 Fatalities
2015: 72 Fatalities
2014: 88 Fatalities
2013: 88 Fatalities
Intersection or Intersection-Related Crash Fatalities:
2017: 234 Fatalities
2016: 307 Fatalities
2015: 242 Fatalities
2014: 234 Fatalities
2013: 218 Fatalities
According to the statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2017, California has a fatality rate of 9.11 fatal crashes per 100,000 population. During that year, there were 3,602 fatalities.
In California alone, thousands of people are killed each year in car accidents and hundreds of thousands more are injured. Take a look at the number of injuries and fatalities in California car accidents from 2010– 2019.
Worldwide Auto Accident Statistics
- Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,700 deaths a day.
- An additional 20-50 million are injured or permanently disabled.
- More than half of all road traffic deaths occur among young adults ages 15-44.
- Car wrecks are the 8th leading cause of death and account for 2.2% of all deaths globally.
- Auto accidents are the leading cause of death among young people ages 5-29, and the second leading cause of death worldwide among young people ages 5-14.
- Nearly 400,000 people under 25 worldwide die in auto accidents annually.
- Over 90% of all road fatalities occur in low and middle-income countries, which have less than half of the world’s vehicles.
- Road crashes cost (U.S. dollars) $518 billion globally, costing individual countries from 1-2% of their annual GDP.
- Auto accidents cost low and middle-income countries $65 billion annually, exceeding the total amount received in developmental assistance.
United States Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics
- Over 33,000 people were killed in U.S. motor vehicle accidents in 2018
- An additional 2.49 million are injured or disabled
- An average of 9 people died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 2016.
- Over 1,600 children under 15 years of age die each year
- According to the National Safety Council, using a handheld device while driving causes 1.6 million crashes each year.
- Motor vehicle accidents cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year
- That comes out to $820 per person
- The U.S. fatality rate has gone down by almost half from 2.1 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles in 1990 to 1.1 in 2009
- Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of death for persons aged 8 – 34
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Los Angeles Car Accident Attorneys
We are uniquely equipped to handle all types of motor vehicle accident and crash cases, including truck accidents, automotive product defects; pedestrian accidents; and accidents caused by poor roadway planning or maintenance. If you have been injured in a car wreck or even if you simply have questions about highway and road safety, our law firm can help.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident please call our office in Los Angeles today at 877.800.1700. We offer a free and confidential case evaluation with our experienced car accident attorneys and serve injury victims in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and across Southern California.