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5 Most Dangerous Intersections In California

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It’s impossible to prevent every traffic accident, but drivers can reduce their risk of getting into an accident by learning which intersections are the most dangerous. There are a number of reasons why car accidents occur so frequently at intersections. For example, drivers may become distracted when looking at their phones at a red light or they may wrongly predict what other drivers at the intersection are about to do. Accidents can also occur when drivers who are trying to turn misjudge another car’s speed or the distance between their vehicle and an oncoming car. For these reasons, it’s imperative that you are cautious when approaching, stopping at, or driving through an intersection.

Some intersections are far more dangerous than others. In fact, a report was released at the end of the last year that identified the most dangerous intersections in the state of California. It may not come as a surprise to California drivers that almost half of the intersections on the list are located in the city of Los Angeles, and more than 90% are located in southern California. Out of the 444 intersections that were included on this list, 221 of them are in Los Angeles, followed by 13 in Sacramento, 11 in Downey and Lancaster, and 8 in Santa Ana.

To determine which intersections were the most dangerous, the researchers analyzed 435,000 accident records from 2015 provided by the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). If there were more than 10 accidents at any single intersection, it was ranked on this list. Researchers looked at the number of collisions, injuries, and fatalities at each intersection. Then, each of these intersections was given a score that was calculated using the formula below:

Accident (x1) + Injury (x3) + Fatality (x10) = Overall Score

The higher the intersection scored, the higher that it ranked on this list. Which intersections in California should you avoid based on this research? Here’s a look at the top five intersections that made the list:

Devonshire St. & Reseda Blvd.

Topping the list of the most dangerous intersections in California is Devonshire St. and Reseda Blvd., which is located in Los Angeles. Although there were not any fatalities at this intersection in 2015, there were 24 crashes that resulted in 41 injuries. It’s unclear what caused these accidents in 2015, however there are a number of major retailers and shopping centers located nearby, so it’s possible that the high volume of traffic simply leads to more crashes. This intersection is located within the Northridge neighborhood of Los Angeles and fortunately for the car accident victims, it’s also right near a Los Angeles Police Department station.

Imperial Hwy & Vista Del Mar

The second most dangerous intersection in the state of California is also found in Los Angeles, specifically, near Dockweiler Beach. Many people may not be surprised to see this intersection on this list, since it has appeared on similar lists over the past few years. There were 26 car accidents at the intersection of Imperial Highway and Vista Del Mar in 2015. Although there were more crashes at this intersection than the intersection in the top spot on the list, there weren’t as many injuries. There were only 39 injuries at this intersection, which makes it slightly less dangerous than Devonshire St. & Reseda Blvd.

Balboa Blvd. & Nordhoff St.

The intersection of Balboa Blvd. and Nordhoff St., which is also located in Los Angeles, ranks as the third most dangerous intersection in the state of California. Balboa Blvd. and Nordhoff St. is just a few blocks away from the California State University, Northridge campus, and is surrounded by popular shopping centers. Due to its location, it’s possible that this is a congested area that sees a great deal of traffic. There were 26 accidents at this intersection in 2015, which resulted in 37 injuries. Fortunately, no one was killed at this intersection during this time period.

Firestone Blvd. & Lakewood Blvd.

The first intersection on the list that is from outside of Los Angeles is Firestone Blvd. and Lakewood Blvd., which is located in Downey, California. There were more accidents at this intersection than any of the intersections in the top three, however there were not nearly as many injuries. In the 36 car crashes that took place here during 2015, there were only 32 injuries. This intersection is located just a few steps away from Downey High School, so it’s possible that many of these accidents could be caused by inexperienced teen drivers. It’s also possible that the nearby shopping centers attract a lot of drivers to this area, which means there’s a greater likelihood of accidents occurring.

Lindley Ave. & Roscoe Blvd.

Rounding out the top five most dangerous intersections in California is Lindley Ave. and Roscoe Blvd, which is located in Los Angeles. There were only 16 traffic accidents at this intersection during 2015, however these accidents were more catastrophic than the crashes at other intersections on this list. Whereas there were no fatalities at any of the intersections in the top four of this list, there were two fatalities at this intersection and 31 non-fatal injuries.

These may be the most dangerous intersections in California, but they aren’t the only places where accidents can occur. If you have been injured in a car accident, it’s imperative that you seek legal representation as soon as possible. Contact Carpenter, Zuckerman, & Rowley today to schedule a free consultation with our team of experienced personal injury attorneys. You may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. But first, you will need to get in touch with an attorney to discuss your case.

Time to make some changes

- Paul Zuckerman

Say “No” to cheap settlements and “Yes” to trial by fire

Seven- and eight-figure verdicts are truly awesome. The thing is that these big wins are only a very small percentage of the cases being handled in our communities. ‘When I am introduced today, the list of big verdicts is what people hear and it’s gotten to the point where I have been called for advice one too many times with the preface, “I know this isn’t worth your time because it’s not a big multimillion dollar case.”…

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Nick Rowley Wins $40 Million Verdict Against T.G.I. Fridays / Briad Group

- Paul Zuckerman

Nick Rowley Seated LowRez

Restaurant Deliberately Served Alcohol to Minors to Increase Profits Resulting in the Stabbing Death of a Restaurant Patron at the Hands of an Underage Drinker.

On Thursday, June 18, 2015, lawyers representing the family of a 33-year-old man who was stabbed to death by an underage drinker at TGI Fridays, received a $40 million verdict against the restaurant operator.

The verdict confirms that the restaurant operator deliberately served alcohol to intoxicated minors in order to increase weekend profits. The family’s allegations were supported by TGI Friday’s head bartender who testified that Briad Group – which operates 68 of the restaurants across 26 states – made a deliberate decision to not card minors in order to increase profits on Fridays and Saturdays.

The victim, Orlando Jordan, was a dedicated 11-year employee of Wells Fargo bank. The lawsuit is being brought by his parents, Rey and Carmen Jordan. Rey Jordan is a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and community leader in Riverside.

“This case is about holding corporations responsible for their reckless decisions to value profits over community safety,” explained Nicholas C. Rowley, counsel for Carmen Jordan. “Too often corporations – like Briad Group – will ignore the safety of their community until victims stand up to them. I’m proud to represent the Jordans who are helping to ensure that corporate greed does not result in the death of another young man.”

After the verdict, most of the jurors stayed to speak with counsel for Rey Jordan, Keith Bruno.  “Each juror expressed that they felt they had done something good—that they could be proud of.  They were appalled by what was going on at the TGI Fridays and they wanted their verdict to reflect the value of human life in Riverside County,” stated Keith Bruno.

Carmen Jordan was represented at trial by Nicholas C. Rowley of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP. Mr. Rowley has twice been named a finalist for the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles’s prestigious “Trial Lawyer of the Year” award. The Consumer Attorneys of San Diego has honored Mr. Rowley with the organization’s top award – “Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year.”

Rey Jordan was represented by husband and wife team Keith and Angela Bruno of Bruno|Nalu.  Mr. Bruno is a “Superlawyer” as well as The National Trial Lawyers “Top 100” trial attorneys.  Angela Bruno has achieved unprecedented verdicts in her young career. She is a trial lawyer and the managing partner at Bruno|Nalu.

The case is: Jordan, et al. v. TGI Fridays, et al.
Riverside Superior Court, Case No. RIC 1100955

Metrolink Derailment Injures 28 in Oxnard, Ventura County

- Paul Zuckerman

The Los Angeles Times reported that the Oxnard rail crossing that was the scene of Tuesday, February 24th Metrolink derailment is the 23rd most hazardous in California, according to data from the Federal Railroad Administration.

Twenty-eight people were sent to the hospital after a Metrolink commuter train crashed with a tractor-trailer in Oxnard, Calif. on Tuesday morning. The truck driver has been arrested.

Metrolink’s investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in safety improvements after a series of deadly collisions probably reduced casualties in Tuesday’s Oxnard crash, but the accident also highlighted the limits of the ongoing campaign.

Three crash-resistant cars in Metrolink’s new $263-million fleet of state-of-the-art passenger coaches performed well in their first test involving a major crash, rail officials said.
The cars, among the first to incorporate years of accident research, have front and rear crush zones, tables that give way in a wreck, improved emergency exits, fire retardant materials and more protective seating designs.

“We’ve spent a bundle on safety,” said Richard Katz, a former state legislator and longtime Metrolink board member. “Accidents happen. When they do, we want to make sure our passengers and crews are in the safest cars and safest situations we can create.”

However, experts noted that the new cars came off the tracks, despite anti-derailing devices, and that the collision was Metrolink’s fourth serious accident involving a train pushed by a locomotive.
That widespread practice has been questioned in safety studies and lawsuits, in part because lighter, more vulnerable passenger cars, with an engineer’s station, are placed at the front of speeding trains. Late Tuesday, the Metrolink engineer at the controls before the crash was among the most seriously injured and remained in an intensive care unit.

The crash also underscored a key shortcoming of a $210-million, high-tech collision avoidance system Metrolink is testing on part of its 512-mile network.

The sophisticated system can prevent train collisions such as Metrolink’s 2008 head-on wreck in Chatsworth. But it would not have been able to detect the vehicle that was on the rails Tuesday near Oxnard, after the driver turned onto the tracks and drove about 80 feet west of the grade crossing.

Beyond technology, the location of the crash once again spotlighted a massive, costly backlog of overpass projects intended to separate rail and street traffic. The crossing near 5th Street and Rice Avenue, on a straight stretch of track where trains travel at top speeds, has a history of deadly accidents and is ranked among the two dozen most dangerous in California.

Officials said a $30-million grade separation planned for the intersection has languished awaiting state and federal funding.

The crossing is “one of thousands in Southern California, and many of them need attention,” said Moorpark Mayor Pro Tem Keith Millhouse, a Metrolink board member.

California Apple Recall: Listeria Tainted Granny Smith and Gala Apples

- Paul Zuckerman

The United States Food & Drug Administration announced a nationwide recall of Granny Smith and Gala apples after the presence of Listeria monocytogenes was confirmed at an apple processing facility in Shafter, according to the Monterey County Health Department.

Apples should be thrown away if they come from grower Bidart Bros. of Bakersfield or if the source cannot be determined, according to Dr. Edward L. Moreno, a public health officer with the Monterey County Health Department.

Listeriosis can be potentially fatal. Symptoms include fever, severe headache, nausea and a stiff neck.

Moreno is encouraging consumers who are may have purchased Granny Smith apples, Gala apples or caramel apples to contact their grocer and determine whether or not they were supplied by Bidart Bros.

The last time Bidart Bros. shipped Granny Smith apples to customers was Dec. 2, 2014 — but they may still be in circulation if the fruit was processed or frozen.

Moreno said that in many cases recalls are issued after enough time has passed so that many of the contaminated food items have already been consumed or thrown away, but the health department still circulates the information as processed or frozen foods tend to have a long shelf-life.

“A lot of times it’s been so long that most people don’t even have it anymore,” Moreno said. “Even if it’s been weeks, some of these processed foods can sit a while.”

The Los Angeles and San Diego attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley are experienced in litigating cases involving food poisoning and contamination. Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley consistently achieves multi-million dollar record breaking results on behalf of our clients.