Not long ago I wrote about the dangers of distracted driving and highlighted some of the problems with L.A.’s bicycle infrastructure in “Bicycle Riders Are Not Second-Class Citizens.” Today, laist.com reports that L.A drivers kill more pedestrians and bicyclists than the national average. According to a new study postdating the 2010 NHTSA report, Los Angeles has three times as many traffic fatalities as the national average.
Comparing the data to the 2010 figure of California’s rate for fatal injuries it is easy to see that people are much more careless in the city of Los Angeles. Men in particular are much more likely to be involved in accidents than women behind the wheel (3x more).
The study pointed out that fewer fatal accidents occur in L.A. on Tuesdays than any other day of the week. Sundays are the worst (thinking about work on Monday)? The rate for fatal crashes is also more than double during late hours between 8pm and 6am. Divided highways and entrance/exit ramps are some of the most cited locations for fatal crashes in Los Angeles, with on/off ramps crash rate significantly higher than U.S. average.
Fatal crashes with pedestrians are about 2.8 times more frequent than the national average and with bicycles about 1.6 times.
How did the city of Los Angeles compare with New York? Take a wild guess then check out complete stats below.
[note color="#DDD"]Do you live in New York or L.A.? Do you agree with these findings?[/note]
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