Whether you're a pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist, or, driving a private passenger vehicle, every time you get on the road in Los Angeles, you're at-risk for an accident. It's no secret the streets pose a danger to everyone on them, and, the statistics bear this fact out. In fact, City of Angels drivers kill bicyclists and pedestrians way above the national average, according to a study conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. The reason? It's simply a matter of sheer exposure, where there's such density, 7,000 people per square mile, there are going to be more collisions. Injury and fatality crashes are quite commonplace, and, the numbers don't show a whole lot of disparity by travel type.
You've probably heard the cliche, "nobody walks in L.A." Well, the numbers certainly don't support that misnomer, and what's worse, the grim statistics demonstrate quite a different, grim reality. Los Angeles is only second the the Big Apple in the numbers of pedestrian deaths. In the latest figures available, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that about 100 pedestrians are killed each year in the City of Angels, that's not many less than NYC, which had nearly 130 pedestrian deaths. Bicyclists certainly don't fare much better in L.A., and, if you're a male, over 20 years of age, and live in California, you're more likely to be struck by a car while on a bike. The problem is so large, that in the past, the Los Angeles Police Department tried to curtail the number of pedestrian deaths by issuing expensive jaywalking tickets. Compared to national stats, 14 percent of all traffic fatalities involve pedestrians, but in L.A., it's 41 percent of all traffic fatalities. What's more, across the Golden State, 21.4 percent, or about 1 in 5 incidents, of traffic deaths involved pedestrians, according to the NHTSA.