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Car Accident Statistics

Information about Car Accidents in Los Angeles, California and Nationwide

Car accident statistics can give a person an enhanced perspective of what causes traffic accidents as well as why these are a leading cause of death throughout the U.S. Following are some statistics that we have compiled regarding car accidents in Los Angeles, California and nationwide.

According to 2008 traffic accident statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • There were over 5.8 million traffic accidents throughout the U.S. that were reported to the police.

  • Of the reported accidents, there were 37,261 fatalities, 2,246,000 people were injured, and 4,146,000 involved property damage alone.

  • 14,587 occupants of passenger cars lost their lives in car accidents.

  • Just over 1.3 million passenger car occupants were injured in car accidents.

  • There were 11,773 drunk-driving related fatalities nationwide, which account for approximately one-third of all traffic fatalities.

  • Speeding was determined to be a contributing factor in 31% of all fatal auto accidents.

  • California had the highest number of fatalities from traffic-related accidents of all states, with 3,434.

  • 30% of traffic fatalities involved accidents with one or more driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater.

  • There were 620 pedestrian fatalities in California.

  • There were 304 large trucks involved in fatal auto accidents in California.

  • There were 109 bicyclist fatalities in California, and 716 nationwide.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) the following auto accident statistics apply to Los Angeles County from the year 2008:

  • There were 667 fatal accidents.

  • There were more than 52,000 injury auto accidents.

  • There were almost 83,000 auto accidents involving properly damage alone.

For more information about car accident claims and your legal rights, contact a Los Angeles car accident lawyer at Pacific Attorney Group today.


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