How Many Fatal Accidents Happen in Los Angeles?
In 2019, California recorded 9.13 accident deaths per 100,000 people. Los Angeles had a better average than the statewide numbers. Statistics for this metropolitan area show 6.82 fatalities per 100,000 people.
Los Angeles had a total of 685 traffic deaths in 2019, with a 22% fatality rate (154) due to driving with blood-alcohol levels above the legal limits. In addition, 74 of the 685 individuals were not wearing seatbelts.
How Are the Road Infrastructure and Bridges in Los Angeles?
Los Angeles has over 6,500 centerline roads that are affected by heavy traffic and the elements. Roads deteriorate, forming potholes, worn surfaces, and aging bridges and guardrails. The Los Angeles Department of Public Works takes care of repairs, filling the potholes and placing signs, as well as the major work, including maintaining bridges, repairing traffic and streetlights, and keeping highways clear of debris.
In 2019, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released their report card for the infrastructures across the U.S. California received an overall grade of C+ in this 2019 report. California overall received a D grade, a poor rating. Bridges were a little better at a C-. “Major repair and rehabilitation” were recommended for some bridges that lay along Highway 101 in Los Angeles.
Local agencies that maintain the roads and major infrastructures in California work with limited resources, so their focus turns to where repairs and maintenance will have the most impact. The ASCE reports that the grades are not a reflection of the performance of those responsible for the roadways. With California’s large population, substantial use, wear, and tear of roadways is expected.