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Where Do Most Motorcycle Accidents Occur in California?

July 15, 2021 Motorcycle Accidents

Sometimes motorcycle accidents can be unavoidable, but understanding where crashes tend to occur can help you stay alert and safe while riding or behind the wheel. Most motorcycle accidents take place in urban areas on non-interstate roads and at intersections.

Reasons Why Most Motorcycle Accidents Occur at Intersections

As might be expected, many motorcycle accidents at intersections are side-impact or T-bone collisions. Why these crashes often occur at intersections is because of other drivers who:

  • Are not paying attention.
  • Falsely assume the motorcyclist’s action.
  • Turn with an obstructed view.
  • Perform an illegal maneuver.
  • Are distracted (e.g., texting, eating, talking to passengers, etc.).
  • Misjudge the gap or motorcyclist’s speed.
  • Disregard traffic signals.

These accidents often take place when a driver or motorcyclist:

  • Makes a left-hand turn without looking, causing a side-impact collision.
  • Follows too closely and rear-ends another motorist.
  • Rear-ends a vehicle stopped at a red light or stop sign.
  • Loses control due to road hazards, such as standing water, loose asphalt, potholes, or construction zones.

The Most Dangerous Intersections in San Diego

Every community has its most dangerous intersections, typically because of a lack of safety infrastructure, such as proper traffic lights or stop signs. Some of the most dangerous intersections in San Diego include:

University Avenue and 1st Avenue

The surrounding Hillcrest neighborhood is famous for its traffic congestion, and this intersection also lacks adequate lighting and properly maintained crosswalks.

Valley Pkwy & Midway Ave.

This intersection in Escondido is in close proximity to several schools and often has heavy traffic.

Linda Vista Rd. & Ulric St.

Linda Vista Road is one of the busiest streets in San Diego, as it serves as a major local corridor from Kearny Mesa to Mission Valley. The road suffers from heavy wear-and-tear, as approximately 28,000 vehicles cross this intersection daily.

4th Ave. & C St

Being located near state Route 54 and Interstate 5 in Chula Vista adds to this intersection’s lack of safety, especially during rush hour. It has wide roads, and the posted speed limit is relatively high.

Federal Blvd. & Euclid Ave

This intersection is only one block north of an off-ramp for Highway 94, contributing to its congestion.

The Most Dangerous Counties in California for Motorcyclists

The most dangerous counties in California for motorcyclists in terms of injuries and fatalities are all located in Southern California. According to 2018 data, they are as follows:

  1. Los Angeles (4,493)
  2. San Diego (1,667)
  3. Orange County (1,346)
  4. Riverside (940)
  5. San Bernardino (857)

How to Stay Safe at Intersections

Here are a few safety tips on how motorcyclists can reduce the risk of an accident at an intersection:

  • Don’t hide. Select a lane position and keep a safe distance away from other vehicles so that you are in open view of drivers.
  • Never assume you are seen. Because vehicles have blind spots and drivers can get distracted, it is best never to think that drivers can see you. Wearing brightly colored riding gear can also help.
  • Move within your lane. Approaching a vehicle straight on can make you appear stationary, giving drivers a less accurate judgment of your speed and distance. Moving across your lane can help prevent this motion-induced blindness (MIB).
  • Be ready. Always be mentally prepared for a potential accident. Ride defensively and actively look for dangers.

If another person’s negligence caused a motorcycle accident that resulted in you or a loved one being harmed, you might be entitled to compensation. Call (619) 238-1811 and speak to a San Diego Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in a free consultation today.