High-Speed Driving Means Increased Car Accident Fatalities in Los Angeles
The coronavirus pandemic has led to a significant decrease in traffic congestion as people are staying home and keeping off the streets. This reduction in traffic has also led to a 38% decrease in traffic collisions, as reported by Streets Are For Everyone, a nonprofit dedicated to street safety.
Traffic fatalities and pedestrian deaths are up
However, traffic and pedestrian fatalities in the Los Angeles area have actually increased during the pandemic. Traffic fatalities have gone up by 15% as compared to this same time period last year, and pedestrian fatalities have increased by 33%. If there are fewer drivers on the streets and fewer accidents, why are more people dying?
The drivers that are on the roads are driving at higher speeds because of the reduced street congestion. People are seeing less traffic and hitting the gas, which creates much more dangerous road conditions, as evidenced by a fatal crash that occurred on the evening of May 1 at Imperial Highway and Compton Avenue.
High-speed crash kills 3
The LAPD reported that a Nissan Altima was speeding down Imperial and collided with a Ford Fusion, causing the Nissan to roll over into the other lane and crash into a Honda Accord. The driver and passenger in the Altima and the driver in the Accord were all killed, but luckily no one in the Ford Fusion was injured.
This is just one example of how one person’s negligence can have a severe impact on the lives of others. If you or someone you love is injured in a car accident because of someone else’s negligent actions, like speeding, you may be entitled to compensation.
Ellis Injury Law offers expert representation for Los Angeles car accident cases. Call us today to schedule a free initial consultation to learn more about your options and what we can do for you.