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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.

Pejman Ben-Cohen Wins $1 Million Verdict After $20,000 Offer

- Andrea Kang

Pejman Ben-Cohen, a partner at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, won a $1 million verdict for his client, William Deloney, in a MIST case in which the client was rear-ended on the freeway. The defendant’s insurance carrier presented a final offer on the eve of trial of just $20,000. Working in partnership with Daniel Srourian of Srourian Law Firm, Pejman was able to secure $1,041,697 in economic and non-economic damages for the client.

Read more here.

Proving Damages in an Auto Accident Case

- Paul Zuckerman

Auto accidents are an unfortunate yet common incident in people’s lives. In fact, a person is more likely to get into a motor vehicle accident than a plane crash. Car crashes happen every day in the United States; in fact, earlier this month, there was a widely reported collision between a car and an Amtrak train bound for Los Angeles. Thankfully, the two individuals in the vehicle got out of the car before the train collided with it and no injuries were reported.

Recently as well, an individual who was engaged in an illegal drag race lost control of his car and crashed into a crowd of 60 people. The driver, who turned himself into Los Angeles police earlier this month, killed two people and injured several others. The man has been charged with murder.

Recovering Damages in an Auto Accident Case

If you have been in a car crash that was the result of someone else’s negligent or reckless driving, you will most likely be able to recover damages. The compensation you receive is supposed to address a variety of financial concerns you may have after being in an accident such as:

  • Inability to work
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

In the event of your death, the compensation can also compensate your spouse or children for loss of companionship or guardianship.

Proving Damages in an Auto Accident Lawsuit

To recover monetary compensation, you will have to prove the value of the damages you suffered. This is often done by testimony and presenting records of your medical bills and the wages you were making at the time of the crash.

Testimony is given by experts who can tell the jury:

  • The wages you would have made had you been able to work
  • The severity and extent of your injuries, including how long they will last and how you can expect the injuries to affect you in the future
  • Your emotional trauma and how that has affected you and your loved ones
  • How your loved ones have been affected by your injuries

The above is a non-exhaustive list of how expert testimony is used in a car accident lawsuit. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney will ensure that you secure all the right individuals to give testimony if your case goes to trial.

If you, or a loved one, have been in an auto accident and suffered damages, our attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley want to help. We have years of experience handling auto accident compensation cases in the Los Angeles area, and we are able to help you recover whatever costs to which you are entitled.

For an initial consultation, we welcome your call to our office at (213) 514-8332.

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.

Minimizing the Risk of a Pedestrian Accident

- Paul Zuckerman

This past summer, a pickup truck driver seriously injured two pedestrians and killed another after driving into a group of them at an intersection. It was just one of many pedestrian accidents that happen every month. Annually, thousands of pedestrians are killed in traffic crashes, and tens of thousands are injured – some seriously.

Based on recent statistics, in the US pedestrians are:

  • Killed every 2 hours, on average, due to motor vehicle collisions
  • Injured every 8 minutes – on average – due to motor vehicle collisions
  • 5 times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle collision than passenger vehicle occupants

Certain demographics are more prone to pedestrian accidents than others.

  • Adults 65 and older are involved in 19 percent of pedestrian deaths and about 11 percent of pedestrian accident injuries
  • One in five children between the ages of 5 and 9 are killed in pedestrian accidents, according to the Center for Disease Control
  • Drivers or pedestrians who are under the influence of alcohol were involved in 47 percent of pedestrian deaths resulting from a motor vehicle crash

Additionally, certain areas are more prone to pedestrian accidents due to a motor vehicle collision. These areas include urban areas, non-intersection locations, and at night. Despite the frequency of motor vehicle crashes that involve pedestrians, there are some steps pedestrians can take to minimize their chances of becoming an accident statistic.

  • Carry a flashlight or wearing reflective clothing when walking at night
  • Always using a designated crosswalk
  • Utilizing sidewalks, if they are available
  • And walking towards traffic if walking in the street is necessary

Motor vehicle drivers should also drive carefully, pay attention to the roads and traffic signals, and avoid distractions. A pedestrian accident can result in catastrophic injuries, leave lasting physical and emotional trauma for survivors, as well as financial strain due to inability to work and medical bills.

If you, or a loved one, have been involved in a pedestrian accident, the attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP are here to help. We have years of experience handling accident claims from pedestrians who have been injured or the families of those who have been killed. We engage in aggressive litigation and settlement negotiation tactics to help you, or a loved one, get the compensation they deserve while handling the case with compassion and professionalism. To arrange an initial consultation, we welcome your call to our Los Angeles area office at (213) 514-8332.