Interstate 10, or the 10 as it is more commonly known to locals, was Los Angeles’ first freeway. It also has the dubious honor of being the most dangerous road in the state with the highest occurrence of traffic fatalities. In 2016, when the most recent statistics were compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more people died on California roads than in any other U.S state. Not exactly the type of chart you want to top, but one which California is regularly ranked #1 on.
Given the fact that so many fatal and non-fatal car accidents happen in Los Angeles, it should come as no surprise to learn that JML Law attorneys have a proven track record of successfully handling lawsuits relating to accidents on the 10 and other highways. If you, or a loved one, have fallen victim to a collision on the I-10 or elsewhere in Los Angeles, call us today on 818-610-8800 to schedule your free initial consultation.
Fatal Accidents on the I-10 and Other Los Angeles Highways and Freeways
As we mentioned earlier, the 10 is the most dangerous stretch of road in Los Angeles and, indeed, in Southern California. It should go without saying that drivers should exercise the utmost caution at all times when behind the wheel, but particularly when navigating any of the most hazardous highways and freeways in the state. According to recent figures, the five most dangerous roads in Southern California are:
- The 10 (Interstate 10, or I-10)
- State Road 138, running through parts of Los Angeles County and San Bernardino
- Interstate 5 and, more specifically, the Orange County section of I-5
- Interstate 15, joining San Bernardino, San Diego and Riverside
- State Road 126, nicknamed “Bloody Alley” for good reason
Each of these roads is dangerous for different reasons – for example the 10 is infamous for collisions caused by speeding, while State Road 126 sees numerous crashes between speeding cars and slow moving agricultural vehicles. Meanwhile, State Road 138’s hazards come in the form of steep, winding mountainous terrain, and I-5 carries a disproportionate number of 18-wheelers and other large commercial vehicles. Driving carefully and courteously will always serve you well, but it is also advisable to research new roads before travelling, to ensure you are familiar with potential hazards.
How Often Do Fatal Car Accidents Happen in California?
These statistics do not relate specifically to the 10 but, as the I-10 is the most dangerous road in the state, it can be assumed that they provide a relevant overview. According to the NHTSA’s 2016 statistics:
- 3,263 people were killed in fatal car accidents in the state of California
- 790 of these fatalities occurred in Los Angeles County, including on the I-10 and other highways. This averages out at around 2 deaths per day
- Deaths on Los Angeles highways have increased by over 20% since 2012
- Over 39,000 people sustained non-fatal injuries on Los Angeles highways
If you, or a loved one, have been injured in an accident on a Los Angeles highway, including the I-10, you are more than simply a statistic. You are a real person, with genuine needs, and deserve to be treated as such.
To hire a Los Angeles car accident attorney who will handle your case with the compassion you deserve, while aggressively pursuing compensation on your behalf, call JML Law today on 818-610-8800. Your initial consultation is free, and you pay no legal fees until we win.
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