Imagine having a whole year with zero traffic deaths in the entire city of Los Angeles. Sounds wonderful, right?

That’s the ambitious goal of the city’s Vision Zero project, which aims to reduce traffic fatalities to zero by 2025. Currently, LA has about 200 road deaths per year, so reaching a level of zero will be quite a challenge.

As LA traffic accident lawyers, we at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers have daily insight into why the city’s traffic deaths are so high. We see the tragic results of a wide range of traffic accidents during personal injury cases and wrongful death claims.

Why are so many deaths happening on LA’s roads? Here are the top 5 causes of LA traffic fatalities according to Vision Zero and other traffic safety sources.

#1- Exceeding the Speed Limit

Speeding is LA’s #1 cause of traffic deaths and is one of the most dangerous things drivers can do. It reduces their reaction time, prevents them from seeing nearby dangers, and limits their ability to stop in time to avoid an accident.

Plus, speeding adds tremendous force to the impact of a crash, meaning it’s much more likely to cause severe injuries and death. Bicyclists, motorcyclists, scooter riders, and pedestrians should be on the lookout for speeding cars because they’re everywhere.

Also, if your Uber driver is speeding or driving dangerously, express your concern and report them through the app. Even a small action like this could prevent a fatal traffic crash.

#2- Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is a serious problem across America as well as right here in Los Angeles. About 29% of all vehicle fatalities in LA are alcohol-related, which is above the national average.

When you have a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher, it’s a crime in California. It’s also a crime to be intoxicated by any substance so much that it impairs your driving, including illegal drugs, legal drugs, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications.

#3- Hit-and-Run Drivers

Traffic accident lawyers know something the average person might not realize: Hit-and-run accidents are fairly common. Vision Zero reports that about 25% of all pedestrian accidents and 18% of vehicle accidents involve hit-and-run drivers.

Injured victims sometimes think there’s nothing they can do about a hit-and-run. But that’s not true at all. A skilled accident lawyer can help you track down the person through police information, dashcam footage, videos from nearby businesses, witness statements, and more.

#4- Pedestrian Accidents/Failure to Yield

When a pedestrian is involved in a traffic accident, they’re at a high risk of death. A person on foot is simply no match for a vehicle.

About one-fourth of all LA pedestrian deaths occur because drivers fail to yield to them as they cross the road. In LA there seems to be significant confusion about when drivers should yield to pedestrians. Although pedestrians are supposed to use crosswalks, it’s never a driver’s right to run them over.

#5- T-Bone Collisions

T-bone collisions, also called broadside crashes, occur when vehicles collide from two directions. They often happen at intersections when one vehicle receives a powerful side impact from the front end of the other car.

Almost one-third of all fatal LA-area traffic accidents involve t-bone collisions. This is a big reason why Vision Zero and other LA safety organizations have pushed for better traffic signs, lights, and pavement markings near busy intersections and roadways.

LA Accidents Lead to Wrongful Death Claims

As you can see from the list above, there’s been a tremendous amount of research into the root causes of LA road deaths. But this is cold comfort to the loved ones of people who have died in traffic collisions.

After a fatal LA traffic accident, consider whether you might have a wrongful death claim. These claims are usually based on the negligence of the person who caused the accident.

At Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers, we have great sympathy for those who have lost loved ones in traffic crashes. We’re here to provide you with caring, compassionate legal representation.

We Handle Your Accident Claim So You Can Focus on Your Life

After a traffic accident, contact the attorneys at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. We handle many areas of traffic law, including injuries that arise from LA traffic accidents. We believe you should be able to focus on recovering from your accident while we handle the legal details.

We truly care about the people of Los Angeles and California. Contact us today for a free online case evaluation.

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I was involved in a car accident that left me with a broken leg, thanks to someone running a red light! It was my first time being involved in something like this (totaled car, surgery, and 4 days in the hospital). Through advice of some close friends and family they recommended I get a personal injury lawyer, being relatively new to the Bay Area I had no idea who to go to, so I started shopping around and came across Sally Morin and I instantly felt at ease with them overseeing my case. I was completely right, they handled everything I needed them to do even though the other parties insurance was useless and is so bad they are supposedly being sued by other people for not paying out in spite of that the team here was able to get the full settlement amount. All of this allowed me to completely focus on my physical recovery! A big shout out to Rebecca and Carmen!

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We Handle Your Personal Injury Accident Claim So You Can Focus on Your Life

After an injury, contact the attorneys at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. We handle many areas of the law, including pedestrian and car accidents that involve speeding. We believe you should be able to focus on recovering while we handle the legal details.

We truly care about the people of San Jose and all of California. Contact us today for a
free online case evaluation.


It is essential to know your rights after a traffic accident so you can protect yourself and the value of your claim.
This guide will help you:

  • 1Know what to do when dealing with insurance claims, police reports and lawyers.
  • 2Avoid making mistakes that undermine the value of your claim
  • 3Put yourself in a position to get the best settlement possible