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CAR RELATED DEATH STATISTICS IN LOS ANGELES

Deaths in Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, and Pedestrian Accidents

Motor vehicle fatalities are a sad reality of our world. With many negligent drivers on the road, and increasing car, bike, motorcycles, and pedestrian traffic, there are increasing risks for all modes of transportation.

The city of Los Angeles sees an average of roughly three hundred motor vehicle fatalities every year. This number may seem small compared to the large population in the city, but far too many individuals still lose their lives every year due to car accident fatalities. In Los Angeles County, the average number of fatalities from car accidents is roughly seven hundred and fifty individuals every year.

These numbers represent more than just traffic fatalities. They represent hundreds of families in Los Angeles that have to cope with the loss of a loved one due to a senseless accident that could have been prevented.

Driving a car or being a passenger in a car is not the only way to expose yourself to risk. The state of California’s Department of Transportation compiles yearly statistics on motor vehicle accidents with bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists. According to the DOT, in the year 2012 there were 2,857 traffic fatalities in the State of California. Of those incidents, 435 were motorcycle accidents, and 612 were pedestrian fatalities. Both motorcycle fatalities and pedestrian fatalities have a much higher proportion of deaths compared to the relative number of overall motor vehicle accident incidents.

While any accident can have the potential to be deadly, ones involving high speed, motorcycles, alcohol or drugs, or pedestrians or bicyclists have a higher probability of resulting in a fatality. In instances where the accident was caused by negligence by a driver, the family members of the deceased person have a right to bring a Los Angeles wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible driver. If you lost your loved one in a car accident, call National Choice Lawyers today.

GM RECALLS 20 MILLION VEHICLES WORLDWIDE

Silverados and Yukons added to Growing List of Recalled Vehicles
In a year marked by many recalls of vehicles, General Motors has recently added another set to the growing list. In late March, the American auto manufacturer announced that it would be recalling its 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks, and its 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles with 6-speed automatic transmissions.

The trucks and SUVs are being recalled due to a fire risk resulting from a transmission oil cooler line that has the potential to leak. General Motors is reporting that thus far, there have been three incidents reported but no injuries. Owners of the recalled vehicles are instructed to return to a General Motors dealership to have necessary repairs made to their vehicles.

The SUV recalls come on the heels of several other serious product liability concerns in recent months. Earlier this year, General Motors issued recalls for over 1.8 million vehicles due to a faulty ignition switch that could turn off the vehicle during operation. When vehicles turn off while being operated, airbags often did not deploy in the ensuing crash, causing fatal accidents. The vehicles recalled include:
All 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR, 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada), 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice and 2007 Saturn Sky 2008 – 2010 Pontiac Solstice and G5; 2008-2010 Saturn Sky; 2008-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt; 2008-2011 Chevrolet HHR.

Recently added to the recall list are the 2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedans equipped with a turbo 1.4-liter engine and manufactured between Nov. 28, 2012, and March 7, 2014. The right front half shaft may fracture and separate while driving, potentially causing the vehicle to lose power and coast to a stop. If a vehicle with a fractured half shaft is parked without the parking brake applied, the car could move unexpectedly. Either condition increases the risk of a crash. The recall is currently the subject of congressional inquiries and personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

For a complete list of recalls visit the GM website. If you own any of these recalled vehicles you need to take action immediately. The risks of fire and crashes can be life-threatening. If you or someone you love was injured because of one of these safety hazards, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible about seeking compensation for your pain and suffering.