California is by far the most dangerous state for drivers in the US today, with almost half a million car accidents reported throughout the state in just 2017 alone.
And while California is pretty dangerous from top to bottom, Southern California – and Los Angeles in particular – is the most dangerous stretch of California roadways by a large margin.
Los Angeles isn’t just one of the most dangerous cities and counties for drivers and pedestrians, it’s also one of the deadliest.
We have put together this article in hopes of helping educate accident victims living here in Los Angeles.
Why Contact Daniel Kim Law Office in LA
It’s no mystery that being involved in a car crash (especially if you suffer bad injuries) can completely disrupt your life and potentially affect you for years to come.
After a car accident even the basic daily tasks like getting to work can become nearly impossible.
If for example, you are rear-ended by a truck on the 405 Freeway and your car gets totaled, just think about the hassle of living without a car while you deal with the insurance companies, etc.
Daniel Kim and his legal team have years of experience successfully representing car accident victims all over Los Angeles.
With over 1000 positive reviews on Yelp, Google, and Facebook, it’s a fact that our reputation speaks for itself (or should we say our clients speak for themselves).
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car wreck in LA then don’t hesitate to contact us today.
Our law firm offers a FREE consultation where you can get answers to your questions while getting advice from personal injury experts here in Los Angeles County.
Daniel Kim is a very aggressive car accident lawyer that won’t just settle with the insurance companies for a quick payday.
Generally insurance companies love to pay as little as possible or even deny a claim entirely, but when you hire Law Offices of Daniel Kim you can rest assured that this won’t happen.
Daniel Kim is a trustworthy and well known car accident lawyer here in Los Angeles who fights for his clients no matter what.
Call our law office 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for immediate help.
How Much is My Auto Accident Settlement Worth?
Getting our clients maximum compensation for their pain and suffering is our main goal (while allowing you to focus on your health and recovery).
There are many different variables that go into determining what an auto accident settlement is worth.
You want to hire a top LA auto accident law firm to handle all the negotiations and settlement negotiations with the insurance companies.
Don’t make the common mistake and think the insurance companies are there to help you.
The main purpose of an insurance company is to collect your monthly premium and hope you never get into an accident (almost like insurance companies basically gamble).
You need to remember that insurance companies are not in the business to pay out money on claims.
Daniel Kim and his legal team will file an injury accident claim to get you compensation for:
- Lost wages – all past and future earnings from
- Property damages – any damage to your vehicle and personal stuff
- Medical expenses – hospital visit, ER, surgery, wheelchairs, etc.
- Wrongful death – funeral bills, lost inheritance, loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering – anxiety, stress, PTSD
Common Injuries From a Car Accident
All car accidents in Los Angeles happen for a variety of reasons, and if you have good luck, your injuries might be minor.
There are so many factors that can impact what injuries you suffer in a crash.
Things like how fast cars were traveling, type of car (SUV vs Mini Cooper), airbags deployed, passengers wearing seatbelts, etc.
If you are injured in a car accident it’s very important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Ideally you want to go from the scene of the accident to the ER or doctor in order to prove your injuries.
The longer you delay necessary treatment, the more likely the defendants insurance company will argue that your injuries were not serious (or possibly related to another accident).
Ultimately the severity of your injuries (along with other factors) will play a major role in your settlement so call Daniel Kim today for a Free phone consultation.
Below is a list of injuries we see every day from motor vehicle accidents in LA:
- Knee and ankle
- Back and neck
- Sprained wrist
- Facial injury
- Spine Injuries
Common Causes For Car Accidents
There is never just one reason why a car accident might happen in Los Angeles, but our lawyers have seen a lot of similar circumstances over the years.
Our clients who were injured in a car crash just want answers and advice.
Here are some common reasons for car crashes in Los Angeles –
- Distracted drivers
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Road rage
- Poor road conditions
- Bad weather (even rain in LA can cause havoc on the freeways)
- Tired drivers
- Car malfunctions (flat tires, bad brakes, etc.)
- Driving under the influence (drugs, medications, booze)
Most Dangerous Intersections in LA For Car Accidents
Although it’s hard to say that 5 intersections are the ones to look out for, there definitely are certain intersections in Los Angeles that are known to be deadly for car crashes.
Of course bad accidents happen from Santa Monica to Downtown LA, and even up in the valley in Woodland Hills and Sherman Oaks.
Listed below are some bad intersections be aware of.
- Devonshire Street and Reseda Blvd
- La Cienega and Venice Blvd
- Highland Ave and Sunset Blvd
- Wilshire Blvd and Santa Monica
What To Do After a Car Accident in LA
Immediately after a car accident happens, it seems like the world freezes for a minute while you try to gather yourself and get a clear head.
All of that can be magnified in a place like Los Angeles (where motorists aren’t known for being friendly) with busy roads and too many cars driving 24 hours a day.
It can be difficult to think clearly after an accident, but the best thing you can do is to take a breath and remember some simple rules to follow that we listed below —-
- Be sure to call the police and when the police show up be aware of what you say. Don’t admit to any incorrect statements and if you don’t know an answer to a question, then just say you don’t know, but a police report is critical to your accident claim
- Get the name, phone number, license info, and address of the other driver
- It’s key to get the other drivers insurance information from their policy
- Try to write down info about the accident itself like time of day, what street were you on, speed limits, what lane were you driving in, etc.
- Take photos of the accident scene, cars involved, your injuries, etc.
- If there are any witnesses that be sure to get their contact information. If need be our law firm will hire investigators to find and speak with any witnesses, but you can help this process.
Car Accident Statistics in LA in 2017?
According to information released in 2017, just over 57,000 accidents occurred in Los Angeles – a significant jump from the year before and it almost 30% jump from the year before that.
Roads all over Los Angeles (in the city and across the county) are deadly for motorists and pedestrians alike, with a decent amount of accidents in Los Angeles resulting in serious injuries that require hospitalization.
There is nothing worse than being injured in a car accident when it’s not at all your fault.
How Many Deaths From Car Accidents in LA in 2017?
That same report released in 2017 shows that slightly less than 300 people died in Los Angeles as a result of automotive accidents, whether or not they were driving or a passenger in a vehicle during the accident itself.
The rate of fatalities has been climbing steadily even in the face of the Vision Zero initiative that was supposed to curb these kinds of accidents in the first place.
How Many Injuries From LA Car Accidents in 2017?
Thousands and thousands of people involved in accidents in Los Angeles find themselves seriously injured, and if only 50% of those involved in accidents during 2017 were injured and that means that nearly 30,000 people would have had their lives changed because of an automotive accident.
What % of Drivers Tested Positive For Drugs Or Alcohol In These Accidents?
32% of all accidents in California – including those in Los Angeles – were found to have been caused by drivers that tested positive for some sort of drug or alcohol inebriation.
On top of that, alcohol related fatalities in Los Angeles are up 36.8% from almost 8 years ago.
Things are definitely trending in the wrong direction for Los Angeles.
What % of These LA Car Accidents Involved A Distracted Driver?
About 80% of all automotive accidents in California and Los Angeles have been found to be caused by some form or another of driver inattention.
With 40% of drivers freely admitting that they regularly check their phone for texts, email, and social media while behind the wheel even though it is against the law.