Traffic fatalities are increasing every year in California, and while dangers exist on every roadway, there are some roadways in Orange County, California, that are more dangerous than others. Getting behind the wheel of a car always involves a risk, but the following roads and intersections in Orange County have proven to be the most hazardous.

Dangerous Canyon Roads

Canyon roads cause thousands of injuries every year in Orange County. From improper passing, blind curves, steep grades, roving animals, to drunk driving, thousands of accidents happen on the canyon roads each year in California, according to the California Highway Patrol. The most dangerous canyon roads in Orange County, California, include the following:

  • The Ortega Highway (State Route 74 east toward Riverside County)
  • Santiago Canyon Road (State Route 241 to El Toro Road)
  • Laguna Canyon Road (State Route 133 from Laguna Beach)
  • Live Oak Canyon Road (County Route 19 to O’Neill Regional Park)
  • Trabuco Canyon Road (Rancho Santa Margarita to O’Neill Regional Park)

Dangerous Surface Streets

Statistics say that most traffic accidents happen within five miles of someone’s home. You spend a great deal more time driving these streets, and you are more likely to get careless with your driving since the area is familiar. Inattentive driving, failure to yield, unsafe starting, improper turning, and the failure to obey traffic signals and signs cause thousands of accidents in Orange County, California, each year. Here are the most common surface streets where accidents occur.

  • Jeffrey Road
  • Bristol Street
  • Newport Boulevard
  • Camino Capistrano
  • Chapman Avenue
  • Crown Valley Parkway
  • Avenida Pico
  • Jeronimo Road
  • Fairview Street
  • 17th Street
  • El Toro Road
  • McFadden Avenue
  • Alicia Parkway

Dangerous Orange County Freeways

California has freeways that are 20-plus lanes wide, and while the common stereotype is that there is always gridlocked traffic, the truth is that speeding is the number one cause of accidents in Orange County. Thousands of accidents resulting in injuries occur every year due to speeding. Other car accidents stem from unsafe lane changes, impeding the flow of traffic, or following to the car in front of you too closely. Accidents can happen anywhere on a freeway, but the following freeways have the most frequent and catastrophic accidents.

  • I-405 Freeway
  • The El Toro Y
  • Orange Crush Interchange

Consult with an Experienced Car Accident Attorney

The list above is not exhaustive, and frankly, a car accident can happen anywhere, or at any time. If you, or someone you love, were in a car accident on one of the dangerous roadways in Orange County, California, you are likely suffering serious injuries and have medical bills piling up along with lost wages from work. Dealing with insurance companies can be overwhelming and insurance adjusters often offer low settlements to victims who are not represented by an attorney. Consult with an experienced car accident attorney at Jolly Berry Law by calling 949-430-7322 or contacting us online today to find out how you can receive the compensation for your car accident injuries in Orange County, California.