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Fullerton Car Accidents Linked to a Variety of Traffic Problems & Congestion

With a proximity to colleges, Anaheim Stadium and Disneyland, and crisscrossed by three major freeways, Fullerton has become one of Orange County's busiest cities. Add a population of over 138,574 people with all its daily commuter traffic, and Fullerton car accidents are almost a certainty.

In one tragic Fullerton car accident, a 17-year-old driver was killed after he swerved to avoid another vehicle and struck a traffic light pole at East Chapman and North Berkley avenues. Another car crashes on the northbound 57 Freeway in Fullerton sent a Honda into a nosedive onto Bastanchury Road. Another mishap had a Cadillac plowing through a restaurant's front window on Harbor Boulevard, sending a waitress and three customers to the hospital.

"Our addiction to cell phones, in-car snacking and other distractions is a recipe for disaster," said John Bisnar. "It's no wonder there are some many car accidents in and around Orange County, California."

Annual statistics show that Fullerton has had its share of car accident tragedies. Data from the California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) revealed that in 2006, there were seven car accident fatalities in Fullerton and 760 accident-related injuries. DUI collisions were responsible for 3 deaths and 69 injuries. Motorcycle accidents took two lives and injured 38. One pedestrian was killed and 45 were injured in city traffic accidents.

Fullerton is Small Which leads to Traffic Congestion

Fullerton only has a population of around 138,000 people compared to its larger neighbor Anaheim which has 343,000 residents. However, the city is smack-dab in the middle or North Orange County which accounts for heavily traveled streets. Fullerton has seen a steady growth from 1990 to 2013 of its residents (From 113K to 138k) and this also contributes to the number of car accidents in the city.

Adding to the congestion is the number of young drivers traveling in Fullerton. The city is known as "The Education Community" because of its proximity to several local colleges and home to four schools (Sunny Hills, Fullerton High, Troy, La Vista, four private catholic schools, and 5 other private schools). This means a lot of parents and students along with faculty traveling in the city around the same time. This can cause a high increase in traffic related accidents. In addition, the city has thousands of employees at Cal State University, St. Jude Medical Center and Fullerton College.

Years ago, Fullerton police and traffic engineers decided to take proactive steps to stem its car accident rate. In 2003, they adopted a red-light enforcement program, setting up cameras at some of the city's more accident-prone intersections:

  • East-bound approach at Malvern Avenue and Gilbert Street
  • East- and west-bound at Orangethorpe Avenue and Harbor Blvd.
  • North and south at Harbor and Orangethorpe
  • North and south at Harbor and Chapman Ave.
  • North-bound approach at Magnolia Ave. and Orangethorpe

The cameras have been averaging approximately 90 citations per intersection each month.

Unlike some cities in Orange County, the traffic lights at Fullerton intersections do not have an "ALL-RED" time buffer that can keep impatient drivers from dangerous "jack-rabbit" starts. Residents feel that adopting an ALL-RED traffic light system would reduce the number of car accidents. During peak drive periods, Fullerton traffic swells up around its courthouse, airport, bus and train stations. Police have advised some drivers to adopt a three-second rule prior to entering an intersection that has just "turned green," that is, count to three, look both ways, then proceed to avoid any red-light runners.

DUI Checkpoints and Drunk Driving Related Accidents

Fullerton is a "Party town". Downtown Fullerton has a large portion of its merchants dedicated to serving food and spirits. Each night the city streets overflow with students and residents hitting the local pubs and bars. Because Fullerton has some very interesting and lively places to enjoy yourself, it's a popular spot for many college students and with that comes a lot of drunk driving arrests and accidents. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable in Downtown Fullerton because so many of the bars and eateries are all within walking distance of one another.

Fullerton has enacted tools to help battle the DUI problem and one of those is the saliva swab test kit to be used on drivers suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. So far, the oral swab is voluntary but that could change if police officials get their way. Fullerton is among the worst for alcohol related crashes from underage drivers according to the OC Register.

Victims of Personal Injuries in Fullerton

When you lose someone you love to a drunk driver or catastrophic car accident, everyone that knew that person feels the affect. Loved ones and families are left to grieve and ask how they could have prevented such a tragic loss. It's important for victims of personal injuries -- whether it be survivors of wrongful death, a DUI victim or pedestrian hit by a car, to find support and and seek justice. The legal system offers a way to seek compensation for a personal injury as well as support groups to help cope. An experienced and reputable Fullerton Personal Injury Lawyer can help review your rights. Call for a free consultation at 949-203-3814 or contact the personal injury lawyers of Bisnar Chase online using our contact form.


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