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Where risk meets road: Pasadena’s most dangerous intersections

On Behalf of | May 29, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

You deserve to be safe when driving in the city of Pasadena. Unfortunately, you may face higher risk of a crash at a few notable intersections. What should you know about these risky areas and the reasons for their high rate of collisions?

A recent report identifies three high-risk intersections

A report from the Pasadena Police Department identified three intersections with the highest collision rates in the city for the month of March. This report identified the intersection of Fair Oaks Avenue and Corson Street, the intersection of Fair Oaks Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard and the intersection of Lake Avenue and Boylston Street.

What caused the accidents at these intersections?

A few common issues were a factor in many of the collisions at these intersections. These concerns include:

  • Unsafe speed – Speeding was a factor in around one third of crashes nationwide, and that is also true of collisions at these intersections. At intersections, drivers who are traveling at unsafe speeds may have insufficient time to react to traffic signals or the actions of other road users, leading to collisions.
  • Improper turning – Intersections naturally require vehicles to turn. Improper turning maneuvers played a part in just over 24 percent of crashes. This might include illegal turns, failing to yield the right of way or misjudging the distance and speed of an oncoming vehicle.
  • Traffic signals and signs – Disobeying traffic signals and signs is another leading cause of accidents at intersections, accounting for around 15 percent of the reported crashes. This includes running red lights or ignoring stop signs.

Being aware of the high rate of accidents at these intersections can help drivers remain alert for danger. Drivers should also understand their legal options if they are involved in a crash. With the right understanding, you can protect your health and your rights.