According to the LA Times there were roughly 55,000 traffic collisions in the city last year. That number of Los Angeles car accidents is shocking partly because it’s so much higher than national averages and partly because of the millions of dollars that Los Angeles has reinvested in traffic safety over the past two years. In fact, statistics show that the number of fatal Los Angeles car accidents actually increased over 40% between 2015 and 2016 in spite of public safety improvements. (Nationwide that fatal increase was only 6%!) Indeed, fatal accidents in Los Angeles have been on the rise for the last 6 years.

The truth is that it’s getting more and more dangerous to drive (or walk) in LA. But as tragic as all these Los Angeles car accidents can be, they’re even more devastating when a child is involved. Sadly, that’s all too often the case.

Nationwide Data Shows Children Are Most Vulnerable in Car Crashes

Traffic collisions are one of the leading causes of accidental deaths in The United States. Every year thousands of Californians hit the road and every year thousands of them never make it back home. As an adult, we complicity accept the risk of getting behind the wheel. We weigh the benefits against the fear of an accident and (consciously or not) decide that hopping in the car is the best way to get to wherever we want to go. But how often do you think about Los Angeles car accidents when you’re strapping your child into a car seat or letting your adolescent ride in the front seat for the first time?

The next time you pick up those car keys realize that it’s not just your health and wellbeing you’re putting at risk. And even if you’re not taking your children on the road with you this time, other drivers will be.

CDC Stats Highlight Risk for Young Ones

The The CDC states that the leading cause of accidental death in children between the ages of 5 and 19 is simply sitting in an automobile. Every year more children in that age group die just by being passengers in cars than by drowning, accidental suffocation, or falls.

And when you factor in non-fatal Los Angeles car accidents, the number of at-risk children grows even more:  car crashes are one of the top causes of non-fatal injuries in children between the ages of 15 and 19.

Car Seats Save Lives

Thankfully we have access to technology that can help protect our children in Los Angeles car accidents. The humble car seat has been around for decades but modern improvements and technological advances have made them safer than ever. Modern car seats (and booster seats for older children) are so effective that The CDC notes these devices reduce the risk of death and serious injuries by 71% for children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old and by 45% for children between 4 and 8 years old.

But even if you use your car seat correctly every time, even if eliminate all of the in-car distraction in your vehicle, even if you’re the most cautious driver on the 405 you can’t always protect your precious cargo from the carelessness or recklessness of others.

Beware of “The Other Driver” (Distracted Driving)

As parents we would like to think we’re doing everything we can to protect our children—especially when they’re riding in the car. But, unfortunately, distraction, recklessness, and other potentially fatal decisions that police investigators lump under the category of “human error” put even the safest driver (and precious passenger) at risk.

Indeed, The NHTSA collected data from crashes investigated in 2013 and found that distracted driving contributed to at least 16% of all traffic collisions nationwide. That percentage amounted to over 3,000 fatalities and 420,000 injuries across the country.

It’s not hard to see how distracted driving causes many Los Angeles car accidents and can wreak so much havoc. How many times have you spotted another driver texting, talking on their cellphone, arguing with somebody in the passenger’s seat, smoking, eating, or even reading while behind the wheel? That’s not something you want to see on the 405– the busiest freeway in California and one of the most congested in The United States.

And all of that traffic and congestion and confusion only increases your likelihood of being hit by a car in Los Angeles.

Protecting Your Children After a Los Angeles Car Accident

So, as safe as you are, the odds are not in your favor and your luck may eventually run out. Sadly, you will likely be involved in a car crash at some time and will need a lawyer for your Los Angeles accident. But when you or a loved one has been injured in a Los Angeles car accident, you don’t have to suffer in silence. If your accident was the fault of another they can be held financially liable for your injuries and the impact that a crash has had on your life. And if your kid has been hurt in a Los Angeles car accident, you’re going to want the best medical care possible. Will your insurance cover it? Can you afford to take time off from work? How will you maintain a stable home life for the rest of your family? Don’t let these worry distract you from being the best parent and caregiver you can be. Get a  FREE online case evaluation now to see if we can help.

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