Traffic Fatalities Soar Above Gun Deaths in The City of Los Angeles

LA is Top City in Nation for Pedestrian Traffic Deaths

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (June 24, 2024) — What’s more dangerous in Los Angeles: A gun or a vehicle? There’s a lot of discussion in the media on the topic of gun violence, but what about traffic violence?

The Los Angeles Police Department reports there are more people dying from traffic collisions here in the city of Los Angeles than there are people being murdered — with or without guns.

Last year, for example, the city of Los Angeles surpassed New York City as the most dangerous city to walk in the nation. There were 176 pedestrian deaths in LA compared to 114 in NY. Keep in mind that NY has more than double the population.

Every two days someone dies in a pedestrian or bicycle accident on an LA street.

Also, felony hit and run traffic crashes resulting in a death grew 23% last year and DUI crashes resulting in a death were up 32%, the LAPD said.

What makes this more frustrating is that back in 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launched the “Vision Zero” program with ambitious plans to have zero traffic deaths in the city by 2025.

Instead, one year before that deadline, the number of people dying in LA nearly doubled. Pedestrian deaths, for example, grew from 88 in 2015 to 176 in 2023.

So what’s causing so much traffic violence in Los Angeles? The LAPD puts the blame on drivers being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, excessive speed, and distracted driving.

The top areas of Los Angeles for traffic deaths are downtown with 16, Sun Valley with 14, and Manchester Square with 11 fatalities.

Compounding the high incidents of traffic deaths is the fact that roughly 17% of California motorists are uninsured. That’s four percent higher than the national average of 12.6%.

5-Year Traffic Death Increase in Los Angeles

2023 — 337 total deaths; 176 pedestrians; 105 hit-and-run

2022 — 314 total deaths; 160 pedestrians; 88 hit-and-run

2021 — 294 total; 132 pedestrians; 76 hit-and-run

2020 — 242 total; 122 pedestrians; 56 hit-and-run

2019 — 247 total; 136 pedestrians; 62 hit-and-run


Attorney James Johnson, founder of Johnson Attorneys Group, has been helping injured clients recover damages for their losses for nearly two decades. Our law firm hopes this news article provides timely and helpful information. Additionally, if you would like to contribute any further details, add a GoFundMe page or have legal questions, please call 1-(855) 703-4186 as soon as possible.

Sources: Crosstown, Los Angeles Times

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