Roadway accidents are a daily occurrence in Orange County. Freeways, surface streets, and toll roads crisscross the county. There are a number of roadways, however, that seem to see more traffic accidents than others. Some of the roadways may be poorly maintained and pose hazards due to potholes and uneven pavement. Others may just have dangerous curves, which motorists may not be able to negotiate successfully. Southern California roadways can also be crowded and present significant frustrations for motorists. This could, of course, lead to road rage, creating more dangers for those on the road.
OC's Most Dangerous Roadways
It is always a good idea to be aware of what some of the trickiest roadways in our county may be. Here is a list of some of the most dangerous roadways in Orange County our car accident lawyers have compiled for you.
Harbor Boulevard: This is one of the longest thoroughfares in the region and runs 23 miles from the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley all the way to Newport Beach. It is also one of the county's most diverse and busiest thoroughfares. In the year 2016 alone, there were five fatalities and about 500 injuries reported along Harbor Boulevard. These include collisions involving vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles.
Laguna Canyon Road: In Laguna Beach, this is one of the most hazardous roads in Orange County. While it's scenic and ends by the beautiful Pacific Coast, it is riddled with blind curves and twists. It is important to be extremely careful if you are driving on this roadway in the dark – early morning or late at night. We've seen a number of fatal collisions here, particularly those involving drunk drivers.
Ortega Highway (Highway 74): This is another roadway in Orange County that is notorious for fatal accidents. This highway links Orange and Riverside counties and travels through the Cleveland National Forest. Ortega Highway, with its tight turns and scenic views, has the dubious distinction of being the location of a high number of motorcycle accidents. We particularly see a number of head-on collisions involving motorcycles and other vehicles on this roadway.
Santiago Canyon Road: This roadway is only about 11 miles long and provides a link between the 241 Toll Road and El Toro Road. It has only one lane in each direction and is a rather scenic roadway as it winds past the mountains, equestrian communities, upscale homes and the Irvine Lake. The road comes under the county's jurisdiction but is now patrolled by different law enforcement agencies. This roadway is also notorious for the high number of motorcycle accidents.
Bristol Street: This roadway is in Central Orange County connecting Newport Beach and Santa Ana. It is an extremely busy street, with chaotic intersections. We often see a number of street intersection accidents on Bristol Street where motorists fail to yield the right of way to other vehicles or pedestrians or blow through red lights. Another common cause of accidents on Bristol Street is impaired driving.
If You Have Been Injured
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident on a dangerous roadway, you may be able to seek compensation from the at-fault driver as well as the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway. An experienced Orange County car accident lawyer will be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway or intersection played a role in your crash and injuries.