Going through an intersection is one of the riskiest things you can do while driving. Intersections are hotspots for car accidents because drivers sometimes disregard the right of way, become confused about who should go next, and even race through without stopping. Pedestrians could be crossing the road in any direction, they are often obscured by other vehicles and difficult to spot. While intersections are often necessary, particularly in a place like Los Angeles County, they are often extremely dangerous.
Los Angeles has a reputation for being a fast-paced metropolis. Despite an expanding public transportation infrastructure, personal vehicles such as autos are the primary method of transportation here. Sadly, because everyone is in such a hurry, relatively few people wait for their turn at an intersection. In this article, we will look at some of the deadliest intersections of Los Angeles County, CA, according to ABC News.
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Sherman Way and Sepulveda Boulevard
The intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Sherman Way has a history of being one of the most dangerous in Los Angeles. This intersection, located a city block east of Interstate-405, is the location of dozens of car accidents each year.
More than 45 major accidents occurred at this intersection in 2020, and it has recorded about 500 incidents during the last ten years. That equates to approximately one collision per week at this risky Los Angeles intersection alone.
Sherman Way has a speed limit of 35 mph, however, Sepulveda Blvd has a speed limit of 40 mph. This variation in speed may also be a problem, as vehicles approaching from Sepulveda Blvd may be traveling quicker than those approaching from Sherman Way. Since 2010, no intersection in Los Angeles has had more accidents than Sepulveda Boulevard and Sherman Way.
Manchester Ave. and Figueroa St.
Manchester Ave. and Figueroa St. in Vermont Knolls and Slauson Ave. and Vermont Ave. in Vermont-Slauson tied for the fourth most dangerous intersection so far this year, each with ten collisions. This is the second most deadly intersection in Los Angeles County as it has the second-highest number of accidents in a particular amount of time.
According to the Coroner's figures, the number of fatal car accidents has increased by 32% since 2015. 932 people have died in car accidents during that time period, which is more than the number of people killed by firearms in the city.