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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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Safety Concerns Mount Over Electric Vehicles Powered by Lithium-ion Batteries

- Paul Zuckerman

Electric vehicles are becoming more popular for various economic, aesthetic, and environmental reasons. However, there has been recent concern over the safety and design of plug-in electric vehicles with lithium-ion batteries after a General Motors Co. (GM) Chevrolet Volt caught on fire in May while parked at a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) testing center.

The NHTSA announced in early November that it is currently working with all vehicle manufacturers to make sure that proper post-crash protocols are being implemented in regards to vehicle fires. Not only is this important for vehicle occupants, but also for emergency responders, tow-truck operators, and workers at salvage yards.

Although a damaged electric vehicle may present different risks than gasoline-powered vehicles, the NHTSA has asserted that it doesn’t believe electric vehicles pose a risk of fire greater than other vehicles. Instead, the agency emphasizes that the different design of electric vehicles will necessitate different safety standards and precautions.

According to a Bloomberg article, the NHTSA has inquired about lithium-ion battery fire risks to automakers, including GM, Nissan Motor Co., and Ford Motor Co., that sell or plan to sell vehicles with lithium-ion batteries. Both GM and the NHTSA crashed a Volt in June and couldn’t replicate the fire. A spokesman for GM stated that there are safety procedures for handling the Volt and its battery after a collision and if those procedures had been followed, the fire wouldn’t have occurred. The spokesman also stated that as new technology is developed, new safety protocols need to be developed as well to match the technology just like there are safety protocols for conventional cars.

The NHTSA will continue to conduct additional testing of the Volt’s lithium-ion batteries in addition to monitoring these vehicles.

At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our California product liability attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of injury victims and family members of wrongful death victims who otherwise wouldn’t get their shot at justice. In winning numerous groundbreaking jury verdicts and settlements, our law firm has the legal experience, resources, and knowledge to hold large corporations and businesses liable for negligence and oversight. Contact us today by calling 213-514-8332 for a free and confidential consultation.

Power Switch Fire Causes Recall of 7.5 Million Toyotas Worldwide

- Paul Zuckerman

Toyota Vehicle RecallJapanese automaker Toyota Motor Corporation has announced the recall of 7.5 million vehicles across the globe, with 2.5 million in the United States alone. The recall is due to a faulty power window switch, which has been the cause of hundreds of smoke and fire incidents and at least nine reported burn injuries, according to The Los Angeles Times.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began an investigation into the problem four months ago; however, incidents involving the defect were reportedly brought to Toyota’s attention in 2008, according to a report by Bloomberg Businessweek. The defect is due to some vehicles being built with less effective lubricant for the internal components for switch assemblies, which can result in switches malfunctioning and overheating, leading to a fire.

Vehicles being recalled in the United States are as follows:

  • Pontiac Vibe 2009
  • Toyota Camry 2007-2009
  • Toyota Camry HV 2007-2009
  • Toyota Corolla 2009
  • Toyota Corolla Matrix 2009
  • Toyota Highlander 2008
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2008
  • Toyota RAV4 2007-2009
  • Toyota Scion XB 2008-2009
  • Toyota Scion XD 2008-2009
  • Toyota Sequoia 2008-2009
  • Toyota Tundra 2007-2008
  • Toyota Yaris 2007-2008

Toyota will be notifying all owners of defective vehicles and its dealers will inspect the switches and apply special grease that inhibits heat buildup. Any damaged switches will be replaced without charge. Toyota owners can contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at (800) 331-4331 and Pontiac Owners can call Pontiac Customer Care at (800) 762-2737.

If you or a loved one has been harmed due to a defective product, you have the legal right to pursue compensation for all damages that resulted. At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our Beverly Hills, CA product liability lawyers are dedicated to protecting injured victims and holding responsible companies at fault for the dangerous actions. For more information on how we can aid you, call 213-514-8332.

Steve Halteman’s Hike to Raise Awareness for Escuela Verde

- Paul Zuckerman

Los Angeles Law Firm PhilanthropyJury consultant and co-author of Nick Rowley’s new book “Trial by Human,” Steve Halteman has begun an incredible journey to raise awareness and funds for Escuela Verde by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail; a daunting trek that starts at the California-Mexican border and winds its way north to the Canadian border.

Escuela Verde is a bilingual school located in Costa Ballena, Uvita, Costa Rica that, in just six years, has grown from a small rented home to become a family-centered school, with classes ranging from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade levels.

Halteman’s passion for helping others is evident in his commitment to dedicate himself wholly to raising awareness for a small community that has changed the lives of hundreds of families in what is known as one of the poorest parts of Costa Rica.

In support of Halteman’s dedication to Escuela Verde, the Los Angeles law firm of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley have pledged to donate $3 to the school for every mile that Halteman walks. With a total of 2,668 miles to cover, the firm’s contribution will certainly go a long way to help Escuela Verde achieve its goal of expanding to include junior high and eventually high school level curriculums.

Follow Halteman’s four to five month adventure on his blog:

To learn more about Escuela Verde or to make a donation, visit:

The personal injury attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley are deeply committed to helping others in the pursuit of justice, just as Halteman has devoted the next few months of his life to support children’s education. If you or a loved one has been injured by a reckless or negligent party, our legal team will work to help you achieve the compensation you deserve. To learn more, contact us at 213-514-8332.