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Los Angeles' I-5 Highway Ranked as Most Congested in Country

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4 L.A. Freeways Ranked as Having Highest Traffic Congestion in U.S.

4 L.A. Freeways Ranked as Having Highest Traffic Congestion in U.S.

Dec 13, 2021

Although overall traffic has declined throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angles remains one of the most congested areas in the nation for drivers. A new study released by INRIX, a company specializing in car services and transportation analytics, confirms that Southern California, in particular, has some of the country’s busiest roads and worst gridlock.

In its 2021 Global Traffic Scorecard, INRIX compiles data to determine a list of the 25 most congested roads in America. On that list are four Los Angeles-area highways, with the southbound Interstate 5 Highway between Euclid Avenue and the 605 Freeway coming in at the number one most congested roadway in the U.S.

According to INRIX’s data, the I-5 South has a peak delay of 22 minutes at 4 p.m., costing local drivers an average of 89 hours annually. That’s more than a dozen additional hours lost to traffic gridlock than the second most congested roadway in the nation – New York’s I-27 West.

Los Angeles’ I-10 East between Washington Boulevard and the 110 Freeway came in at number 10 on INRIX’s list of most congested roads in America. The I-10 has a peak delay of 14 minutes (again at around the 4 p.m. rush hour), costing drivers an average of 55 lost hours throughout the course of the year.

Ranked as the 11th most congested roadway in America was the I-405 North Freeway between Santa Monica Boulevard and Valley Vista Boulevard. Drivers on the I-405 face a peak delay of 13 minutes during the 4 p.m. rush hour, costing commuters approximately 55 hours stuck in traffic every year.

Another Los Angeles-area roadway making INRIX’s list – coming in at number 14 – was the U.S. 101 South Freeway from Santa Monica Boulevard to Alvarado Street. With a peak delay time of 13 minutes during the 4 p.m. rush hour, drivers lost an average of 51 hours throughout the year while stuck in traffic.

Additionally, the I-580 Freeway in Dublin, California, made INRIX’s list as the number five most congested U.S. road in 2021.

INRIX’s full list of the Top 10 Most Congested Roads in the nation includes:

Table 2: 10 Most Congested U.S. Roads in 2021

10 Most Congested U.S. Roads in 2021

In terms of the most congested cities in the world, Los Angeles did not make INRIX’s Top 10 List, with London coming in at number one and Paris number two. The complete list of the most congested cities in the world, according to INRIX’s data, includes:

Table 3: 10 Most Congested Cities in the World in 2021

10 Most Congested Cities in the World in 2021

Los Angeles Loses ‘Worst Traffic in America’ Ranking for 2020

Earlier this year, INRIX released its Urban Mobility Report examining overall congestion in various areas throughout the nation. The report confirmed a first for Los Angeles, which had held the dubious honor of having the worst traffic in America for nearly 40 years.

With the pandemic changing commuter habits, Los Angeles dropped to number four among American cities with the worst traffic, behind the New York-Newark region at number one, Boston at number two, and Houston at number three. In 2019, Los Angeles was ranked as having the worst traffic in the nation.

Moreover, in 2017, INRIX ranked L.A. as not only the most congested city in the U.S., but also the world. Among 1,360 other urban areas throughout 38 countries, Los Angeles was ranked by INRIX (for the sixth straight year) as having the “worst traffic congestion” in the world.

But that all changed in 2020 with the pandemic. And the disparity in overall congestion from year-to-year was quite substantial:

  • In 2019, Los Angeles drivers spent a total of 952,183 hours stuck in traffic
  • In 2020, Los Angeles drivers spent a total of 365,543 hours stuck in traffic

Prior to the pandemic, INRIX estimated that traffic congestion cost U.S. drivers almost $305 billion in 2017. That’s an average of $1,445 per driver in indirect and direct commuting costs.

When the pandemic finally subsides, more and more workers are expected to return to the office. But working from home may now be considered the new normal for a vast number of employees. Whether or not Los Angeles will return to the number one most congested city in America once the pandemic ends remains to be seen. But in addition to disrupting so many aspects of our daily lives, COVID-19 may have also forever altered our work habits as well as the nation’s traffic congestion data.

Car Accidents Continue to Increase in Los Angeles Despite Pandemic

As we noted in a recent blog, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles has seen an increase in virtually all traffic crash categories throughout the first half of 2021 (when compared to the previous year).

The following Los Angeles traffic crash statistics have been confirmed for the first half of 2021 (when compared to the same period in 2020):

  • A 20% increase in DUI crashes
  • A 73% increase in severe DUI crashes where a serious injury occurred
  • A 9% increase in fatal DUI crashes
  • A 25% increase in fatal hit-and-run crashes
  • A 20% increase in severe hit-and-run crashes
  • A 45% increase in crashes where a driver seriously injured a pedestrian
  • A 34% increase in crashes where a driver seriously injured a bicyclist
  • A 40% increase in crashes where a driver killed a bicyclist

As a result of the increase in motor vehicle deaths through the first half of 2021, one person is now killed every 30 hours in a Los Angeles traffic collision (up from one death every 36 hours in 2020).

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Filing a Personal Injury Claim After a Car Accident

Traffic congestion in Los Angeles isn’t just an inconvenience. The Southern California area can be a dangerous place for even the safest of drivers. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, filing a civil claim can be a means of recovering critical financial compensation necessary to make a complete recovery.

Some common damages that may be obtained through a personal injury car accident claim include:

  • Hospital expenses
  • Medical costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Physical therapy costs
  • Emotional trauma
  • Psychological harm
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Diminished quality of life

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