Our San Diego Car Accident Lawyers Look at San Diego’s Most Dangerous Intersections
San Diego is currently participating in a global transportation safety program called Vision Zero. The program originated in Sweden and aims to significantly reduce car, pedestrian and bicycle accidents.
City officials announced at the start of the year that many of San Diego’s most dangerous intersections received upgrades. These upgrades included high-visibility crosswalks and audible pedestrian signals with countdown timers. Prior to this announcement, Circulate San Diego released a list of dangerous intersections in the city.
Even with upgrades, accidents can still happen at the most dangerous intersections. This is because drivers will still engage in dangerous and reckless behaviors, such as running red lights, speeding, driving while impaired or distracted driving. Infrastructure upgrades can only do so much to prevent accidents caused by these behaviors.
Pedestrians and cyclists in San Diego should be extra cautious while traversing the intersections listed below.
University Avenue & 52nd Street and University & Marlborough
City officials published an audit of accidents at San Diego intersections several years ago. The results showed that both University Avenue and 52nd Street and University Avenue and Marlborough are tied for being extremely dangerous.
According to the audit, 18 pedestrian accidents occurred at each intersection during a 15-year period. Thirty-six pedestrians suffered injuries or died. It is also widely known that car accidents are a regular occurrence on this busy street.
6th Avenue & Broadway
San Diego’s audit shows that 14 pedestrians suffered injuries or died at this intersection between 2001 and 2015. Due to the presence of multiple businesses surrounding the intersection, there is an increased amount of foot and vehicle traffic. The intersection is also next to several restaurants and bars, which increases the number of intoxicated pedestrians and motorists.
El Cajon Boulevard & 36th Street
There were 13 pedestrian accidents at this intersection that involved injuries or fatalities between 2001 and 2015.
Multiple businesses surround this intersection, including a liquor store located down the street. Many of these businesses have parking lots that require vehicles to back out or make left-hand turns. There is also a middle school in the vicinity. Street parking also poses a risk to pedestrians and cyclists due to vehicles pulling out to merge with traffic.
4th Avenue & B Street
This is another busy intersection located downtown that is surrounded by multiple popular businesses, including large office buildings and civic centers. Due to the density of foot and vehicle traffic, there are more opportunities for vehicles to strike pedestrians.
There were 12 pedestrian injuries or fatalities at this intersection between 2001 and 2015. In addition to this intersection, 5th Avenue and B Street also had 12 pedestrian injuries or fatalities during the same time period.
Coronado Avenue (SB) & Thermal Avenue
This is a residential intersection with lots of pedestrian foot traffic from nearby homes. Restaurants, schools and churches in the vicinity add to the amount of foot traffic in this area. Another risk for pedestrians is that parts of this area may lack adequate lighting. Pedestrians could be at risk while walking or cycling in this neighborhood at night. Between 2001 and 2015, 12 pedestrians suffered injuries or died at this intersection.
Recent statistics suggest pedestrian accidents are decreasing across the city. Estimates show that pedestrian accidents decreased by 25 percent between 2011 and 2018.
Despite San Diego’s commitment to make intersections safer, the possibility of human error and the presence of reckless or negligent motorists can still cause injuries and deaths.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident in San Diego
You should seek immediate medical care after a serious pedestrian accident. Many people are reluctant to receive care because of the costs involved. Even if you think you did not suffer an injury, keep in mind that some injury symptoms are not noticeable for hours or days. Certain types of injuries require immediate medical attention, such as internal bleeding.
You are also establishing a medical record of any injuries you suffered. This could be important for later if you file an insurance claim or lawsuit against the driver. If medical bills are a concern, then you should know that a successful settlement or jury verdict can help cover those expenses.
About Our San Diego Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
The attorneys at Traffic Accident Law Center can help injury victims or their families with legal issues that occur after an accident. We can help negotiate a settlement, or if necessary, take your case to trial against the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
If you have questions about your legal options after an accident, you can reach us by dialing (619)882-1111 or by using the contact form on our website.