Car Accidents

Drivers in Los Angeles have experienced more traffic delays than drivers in any other metropolitan area in 2008. According to the L.A. Department of Transportation, each person traveling by road in L.A. endured about 93 hours (nearly four days) of delays due to traffic accidents.

Tragically, this is only the tip of the iceberg. While car accidents can cause severe traffic delays, in the worst cases, they also result in serious personal injuries or death.

If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a car accident, it’s vital that you:

  • Receive the medical attention you need to recover (including all necessary long-term care)
  • Consult with an experienced car accident attorney at the Law Offices of David S. Chesley, Inc. to learn more about your legal rights

At the Law Offices of David S. Chesley, Inc., we specialize in securing sizable personal injury settlements for individuals injured in car accidents. We are dedicated to providing you with compassionate, yet aggressive representation to help you recover the maximum compensation you need and deserve.

More Car Accident Statistics

  • In 2008, there were over 50,000 car accidents reported in the L.A. area.
  • These collisions caused more than 290,000 personal injuries and nearly 5,000 deaths.
  • Statewide, the number of highway accidents in California has increased by about 8 percent in 2008.
  • About 11 percent of these car accidents occurred as the result of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • About 26 percent of all drivers in the U.S. have been in a traffic collision within the past 5 years.
  • In the U.S., car accidents cause four deaths per hour.

Causes of Car Accidents

Research has found that approximately:

  • 57 percent of car accidents result from driver factors, such as reckless driving, intoxication or human error
  • 27 percent are caused by driver and roadway factors
  • 6 percent result from vehicle and driver factors
  • 3 percent are caused by a combination of roadway, driver and vehicle factors
  • 2 percent result from only vehicle factors
  • 1 percent are caused by roadway and vehicle factors
  • 4 percent have unidentifiable factors

When human error plays a part in traffic collisions, the specific causes typically involve:

  • talking on cell phones or to other passengers in the car
  • changing radio stations or adjusting music devices
  • driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • driving while sleepy or drowsy
  • reckless driving, such as speeding, tailgating or cutting off other drivers

Other causes of Los Angeles car accidents include:

  • poor weather conditions
  • poor roadway conditions
  • animals or debris in the road
  • vehicle malfunctions

Compensation is Available for Auto Accident Victims

If you have been involved in a car accident—regardless of the cause, be sure to contact our esteemed car accident attorneys immediately to determine if you are entitled to seek compensation for your injuries and losses.