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State officials say traffic fatalities again on the rise in California

After several years of considerable improvements in safety, the annual number of traffic deaths is again on the rise in California. In fact, in 2010 there were fewer California traffic fatalities than during any other year since World War II, but there has been a 13 percent increase since 2010.

L.A. Road Vehicle Fatalities Show Little Disparity

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.

L.A. is the second largest pedestrian death city in the country

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. 

Beware those rainy day Los Angeles commutes

What do you think is the most dangerous and deadly driving condition? Is it snow or ice? Nope; turns out its rain. So if it seems rainy commutes are the most dangerous times to drive, it's not just your imagination; it's a statistical fact. A new analysis of federal data shows rain causes more driving fatalities than snow in 39 out of 50 states. In fact, car accidents are the deadliest weather hazard in the United States - whether caused by rain, snow, fog or wind - and kill about 7,000 Americans a year.

A look at the persistent problem of medical misdiagnosis: Part 2

We alluded to the seemingly intractable problem of misdiagnosis in medical facilities across the United States in our immediately preceding blog post. In today's entry, we spotlight some of the catalysts that notably contribute to diagnostic error.

NSC: Road safety issues galore in early 2015

The National Safety Council has revealed some data about car accidents in the first half of 2015, and the results are dismaying. According to the NSC, drivers have traveled a little bit more in the first half of the year. In 2007, the previous high for miles traveled in first half of the year, drivers logged 1.23 trillion miles. This year, it was up to 1.26 trillion miles. That's a pretty modest increase from the previous high, and it isn't too far from other previous years (roughly a 3.4 percent increase, according to the source article).

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