California’s Most Dangerous Intersection is in Northridge
A street intersection in the city of Northridge has been labeled the most dangerous in the entire state of California. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, Time magazine looked at 10 years of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the intersection of Devonshire Street and Reseda Boulevard is the most dangerous in California. A team from the Institute of Sustainability at Cal State Northridge arrived at the same conclusion. They used data from the Traffic Injury Mapping System.
Researchers looked at data from 2006 to 2016 and found 108 traffic accidents at this intersection alone. There were 29 children under the age of 14 who were victims at this intersection as a result of some type of vehicle accident or injury. The posted speed limit at the intersection is 40 mph. Researchers say drivers tend to speed on these roadways and sometimes drive as if it were a freeway.
Accidents at Street Intersections
Street intersections are some of the most dangerous locations for auto accidents. There are a number of causes of accidents at street intersections. Some of the most common include speeding, running a red light or a stop sign, making an illegal or unsafe turn and failing to yield the right of way. There are also cases where a dangerous condition at the intersection can make it more risky for motorists and pedestrians. Examples of such hazards include lack of stop signs or crosswalks, lack of adequate lighting and vegetation that hampers visibility for motorists.
In these types of accidents where driver negligence is a factor, the at-fault motorist can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
If a dangerous roadway or intersection caused or contributed to the traffic accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury or wrongful death claim filed against a governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the incident. An experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer can help injured victims and their families pursue their rights and secure maximum compensation for their losses.