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If you were to ask Orange County citizens where most auto accidents reported countywide take place, most would probably say that the majority occur on state and interstate highways. On first thought, this response seems to be quite logical. Highways equal high speeds plus frequent lane changes. What could be more dangerous than that?

However, the statistics indicate that only a third of fatal and serious injury causing accidents in Orange County happen on highways. The majority actually happen on surface-level streets. In fact, crashes on city streets kill about 100 people and injure hundreds more every year. Many of these devastating accidents occur at intersections, where motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists are all at risk of an injury-causing collision.

While all intersections by their very design share the familiar four-way cross or T structure, some can be more dangerous than others, whether due to inadequate signage, higher usage and density, faster speeds, or some other factor. Below, we have listed the 5 most dangerous intersections in Orange County. We highly advise that you avoid traversing these intersections if you can. If you have no choice but to cross them, however, please exercise caution when doing so.

  1. Santiago Canyon Road and Jamboree Road, Orange – Once known to locals as “the road of death,” this complex section of road where country meets city is the county’s most dangerous intersection. Between 2008 and 2012, two motorcyclists, a pedestrian, and a bicyclist were killed here.
  2. 17th Street and Fairview Street, Santa Ana – Nearby shops, apartments, and bus stops make this intersection a well-trodden spot for bicyclists and pedestrians. Unfortunately, it is also a hot spot for accidents. Within a four year period, there were five serious accidents at this location – one of them fatal – making it the second most dangerous intersection in Orange County.
  3. Chapman Avenue and Gilbert Street, Garden Grove – Like 17th and Fairview streets, this intersection receives heavy use by drivers, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists, making their way between bus stops, shops, and homes.
  4. Bristol Street and McFadden Avenue, Santa Ana – When students at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School get out of class, this intersection becomes a hive of activity as parents and their children along with passing shoppers stream across crosswalks.
  5. Bristol Street and Campus Drive, Newport Beach – Failure to yield when making turns at red lights is the primary contributory factor behind crashes at this intersection. Drivers going onto or coming off the nearby 73 freeway are usually travelling at higher speeds, which explains why turn collisions in particular are an issue here.

Have you or a loved one been injured in an Orange County intersection accident? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the experienced personal injury attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm for immediate legal assistance. We can help you obtain maximum recovery for your losses and get you started on the road to recovery. To receive a FREE consultation, call us today at (800) 522-7274.