There are many things to appreciate about being a resident of Southern California. From the lovely weather to the beaches, it is a true paradise in many ways. The bad news is that there are some ways in which it is less than ideal. Notably, cities throughout the area and the state are consistently rates as some of the worst cities for drivers.
A recent study looked at the ten worst cities in the entire country for driving and found that three of those ten were located in Southern California. Did your city make this list? Read on to find out and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you have been injured in a car accident and require legal help.
17 of the worst 50 cities for drivers were in California
The list had a total of 50 cities and 17 of them were in California. The study found that Detroit was the worst in the country but San Francisco was not much better in second place. Oakland then came in third and Los Angeles was ninth place. It seems obvious that there is something about California that makes it dangerous for drivers – but what is it?
The truth behind California’s dangerous roads
The main reason that there are so many more accidents in California is that the population is higher. The most recent statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 85% of people in the U.S. drive to work. When you consider that statistic in conjunction with the fact that California has such a high population, and it is not hard to see that there would be more accidents. Then add in the fact that California has few cities with decent public transportation and the picture gets clearer.
These are not the only issues though. It is also true that California is one of the most visit state by tourists. When you add millions of people on unfamiliar roads, often driving rented cars they are not familiar with, and it is not hard to see that there are real reasons that there are so many car, truck, and pedestrian accidents here.
Do you know what to do if you are in an accident?
With such a high number of car accidents in California, it is important that drivers know what to do if they are in an accident. The first step is to get medical attention. The second step is to ensure that you speak to an attorney before speaking with your insurance company or the insurance company of anyone else involved in the accident. You can talk to an attorney by calling The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000.