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FutureStarrCar Accident Los Angeles
A man in an Audi was heading west on the 405 freeway when a Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy, driving in a marked patrol car, forced his cruiser into his Audi. With accident’s one-car fatality count at its highest in eight years, the Los Angeles Police Department has initiated a special task force to investigate, but the public’s response has been muted.
Of particular concern are the high number of pedestrian-vehicle accidents in L.A. that result in fatalities. On average, pedestrians account for nearly half of the deaths in traffic accidents, although they are only involved in 14 percent of the collisions. So far this year, pedestrian fatalities are up by more than 50 percent compared to 2015, according to LAPD data. The high number of pedestrian deaths, in turn, can be attributed to vehicle speeds. According to a federal study of crash data, a pedestrian has a 10 percent chance of dying when struck by a car traveling at 20 mph, but the risk of death climbs to 80 percent if the vehicle is moving at 40 mph.
According to the NHTSA, California had the second-highest number of fatal car accidents in 2013, and a large number of these accidents took place within 25 miles of the driver’s home. In fact, Progressive Insurance, after surveying more than 11,000 people, found that 52% of the reported crashes in the study occurred five miles or less from home, and a staggering 77% occurred fifteen miles or less from the driver’s home. Of course, to a certain extent, this is due to the fact that most of your driving is done within that radius. Another reason for this could be that most of us tend to be more alert when driving in unfamiliar areas. (Source: www.socalpersonalinjurylawyer.com)