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Where Are Orange County’s Most Dangerous Intersections?

Result of a serious automobile accident

Result of a serious automobile accident (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you often hear cars screeching to a halt down the road from your house? Some intersections are worse than others when it comes to crashes. Today, the Orange County Register revealed the eight most dangerous intersections in the county. Read on to find out if the one near you is among them.

1. Chapman Avenue at Jamboree Road in Orange was the location of 5 fatal crashes between 2008 and 2012. The “complex section of road” where Santiago Canyon Road crosses Jamboree Road and turns into Chapman Avenue-where “rural meets city”-is considered Orange County’s most dangerous.

2. In Santa Ana, the intersection of 17th Street and Fairview Street is heavily traveled by pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists, as it is located by numerous apartment complexes, shopping centers, bus stops and freeway entrances. With 1 fatal and several injury accidents occurring there between 2008 and 2012, it is considered the second most dangerous intersection in O.C.

3. Similar to 17th Street at Fairview Street, the intersection of Chapman Avenue and Gilbert Street in Garden Grove is also dense with cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers. The location of one fatal collision, the intersection ranks as the third most dangerous in O.C.

4. Located near Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, the intersection of Bristol Street and McFadden Avenue in Santa Ana is often flooded with students and pedestrians when classes are dismissed. With one traffic fatality, it is considered Orange County’s fourth most dangerous intersection.

5. With drivers entering and exiting the 73 Freeway at high rates of speed, the intersection of Bristol Street at Campus Drive in Newport Beach is the fifth most dangerous in the county, with crashes there causing one death and serious injury to three people.

6. The intersection where a two-lane street meets and a popular six-lane thoroughfare to I-5, El Toro Road at Montcliff Drive in Lake Forest has been the location of several serious accidents and is considered the sixth most dangerous.

7. Not far from the freeway, shopping centers, and a junior college, the intersection of Jeffrey Road and Irvine Center Drive in Irvine has seen four serious accidents and is Orange County’s seventh most dangerous.

8. With five people hurt in four collisions, the intersection of Olympiad Road at Alicia Parkway in Mission Viejo is the eighth most dangerous in the county.

While many of us consider the freeway to be more dangerous than local streets, only a third of fatal and serious-injury accidents occur there. Most crashes occur on the familiar roads we take to the grocery store and to our kids’ schools.

Do you have an especially dangerous intersection near your neighborhood?

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