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Most Dangerous Intersections in Sacramento

Sacramento is home to an estimated 495,234 Californians, as of 2016. Over the years, reports of fatal accidents have decreased, despite a growing population. Technological advancements have improved occupant safety, and the city is actively pursuing options to update traffic devices to limit dangers to drivers on the road. Despite these efforts to provide safer traveling conditions, fatal hotspots still exist, and personal injury is likely to occur when a car accident occurs.

In 2016, a total of 6,552 collisions were reported to the Department of California Highway Patrol. 3,388 of these collisions resulted in personal injuries, and 49 people died. Of these injuries, a total of 174 were considered to be “severe” and 3,877 people were affected by moderate to severe pain following a collision. Police reports attribute alcohol impairment, reckless driving, speeding, distracted driving, disobeying traffic laws, and a lack of driving experience, among other things, as the primary causes of these dangerous incidents.

Over 4,000 cyclists commute to work every day in Sacramento, and every year dozens suffer personal injuries or worse after being struck by a vehicle. Unlike other vehicles on the road, bicycles do not offer any protection to riders. In the past fifteen years, nearly 3,200 bikers were injured by automobiles in Sacramento, and 38 of them perished.

Accidents can happen anywhere, but vehicle collisions tend to occur more frequently at intersections. Distracted drivers do not see traffic signals, brake lights, or choose to ignore safety instructions, and the results can be catastrophic. Here are fifteen of some of the most dangerous intersections around Sacramento:

29th St. and P St.

Intersection Location: 29th St. and P St.
Collision Type: As cars come off the freeway right by Suzie Burger, drivers frequently mistake the green light for 29th Street and run the red light. The intersection is confusing because of the parallel street and frontage road meeting at P Street.
Result: Personal injury accident

Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Fruitridge Rd.

Intersection: Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Fruitridge Rd.
Collision Type: 11 collisions were recorded at this intersection in 2015 alone, and 22 injuries occurred.
Result: Personal injury accident

29th and H St.

Intersection: 29th and H St.
Collision Type: This intersection is often confusing for drivers because of the access ramp for I-80 being and bicyclists traveling through this intersection should take precautions
Result: Personal injury accident

Arden Way, Del Paso Blvd., and Grove Ave.

Intersection Location: Arden Way, Del Paso Blvd., and Grove Ave.
Collision Type: Cars running red lights between Arden Way and Del Paso Blvd. do not realize that there is a cross street running through the intersection, Grove Ave.
Result: Personal injury accident

Sunrise Blvd. and Fair Oaks Blvd.

Intersection Location: Sunrise Blvd. and Fair Oaks Blvd.
Collision Type: Heavy traffic frustrates commuters, and often, collisions are the result of running a red light as drivers traveling east on Fair Oaks Blvd. turn to head south on Sunrise Blvd. Drivers have also reported being rear-ended at this intersection.
Result: Personal injury accident and fatality

Stockton Blvd. and Fruitridge Rd.

Intersection: Stockton Blvd. and Fruitridge Rd.
Collision Type: This intersection is typically congested, and 26 bicyclists have been hit by vehicles in this intersection in the past fifteen years. Bike accidents are most common between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and also between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. when commuters are the most active.
Result: Personal injury accident

Watt Ave. and Fair Oaks Blvd.

Intersection Location: Watt Ave. and Fair Oaks Blvd.
Collision Type: This intersection was declared the seventh most dangerous intersection in the United States in 1998, and city officials have worked hard to improve the safety of drivers in this area. Still, this is one of the most dangerous intersections in California.
Result: Personal injury accident and multiple fatalities

South Land Park and Greenhaven Drive

Intersection Location: South Land Park and Greenhaven Drive
Collision Type: As traffic builds, frustration grows, and drivers run through the four-way stop sign intersection.
Result: Personal injury accident

Arena Blvd. and Truxel Rd.

Intersection: Arena Blvd. and Truxel Rd.
Collision Type: A busy intersection with a two-to-one ratio for injuries per accident.
Result: Personal injury accident

26th Ave. and RR Tracks

Intersection: 26th Ave. and RR Tracks
Collision Type: Drivers who ignore or attempt to beat oncoming train signals resulting in fatal collisions. To date, more than three people have died at this intersection.
Result: Personal injury accident and multiple fatalities

Folsom Blvd. and Howe Avenue

Intersection: Folsom Blvd. and Howe Avenue
Collision Type: The busy intersection has seen several fatal accidents over the years from running red lights and distracted drivers missing traffic signals.
Result: Personal injury accident and multiple fatalities

Elder Creek Rd. and Stockton Blvd.

Intersection: Elder Creek Rd. and Stockton Blvd.
Collision Type: Red light runners have been involved in several different types of accidents from rear-ending drivers to broadside collisions.
Result: Personal injury accident and multiple fatalities

Florin Rd. and Power Inn Rd.

Intersection: Florin Rd. and Power Inn Rd.
Collision Type: Drivers in a rush to get places often run red lights at this intersection, and 35 collisions were reported in 2015, with no fatalities.
Result: Personal injury accident

Los Robles Blvd. and Marysville Blvd.

Intersection: Los Robles Blvd. and Marysville Blvd.
Collision Type: Impatient drivers running the red light have caused nearly a one-to-one ratio of accidents to injuries.
Result: Personal injury accident and fatality accident

Bowling Dr. and Florin Rd.

Intersection: Bowling Dr. and Florin Rd.
Collision Type: This is a large intersection that tens of thousands of vehicles travel through each day, but sometimes drivers run the red light and are involved in a collision. There were over 40 collisions at this intersection in the past two years.
Result: Personal injury accident

28th Street and Fruitridge Rd.

Intersection: 28th Street and Fruitridge Rd.
Collision Type: Drivers running the red light at the intersection have caused fourteen collisions, and caused 23 injuries to drivers ranging from moderate to severe.
Result: Personal injury accident

Jessie Ave. and Norwood Ave.

Intersection: Jessie Ave. and Norwood Ave.
Collision Type: The two streets intersect at a red light, and 22 people were injured in fifteen collisions.
Result: Personal injury accident

Most dangerous streets regarding multiple fatalities: Fair Oaks Blvd., Power Inn Rd., Watt Ave., Florin Rd., I-5 Frontage Rd., I-80 Frontage Rd., Sunrise Blvd., Fruitridge Rd., and Stockton Blvd.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor-vehicle accident, do not hesitate to contact Amerio Law Firm immediately. As members of the Sacramento community, our team of dedicated professionals is here to assist you. Our clients pay us nothing unless we win your claim. Contact us today for a free consultation and learn more about your options by calling (916) 419-1111.

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