Stepping outside your house to go on a walk or driving your car can be
a very dangerous task in San Diego. In a recent article published by KPBS,
the San Diego Police Department announced that the amount of traffic deaths
equaled the amount of murders that occurred between 2012 to 2016 totaling
260 deaths for both categories. The next time you leave your home, be
aware of the below listed roads as they are some of the most accident
prone in San Diego.
Interstate 5 or better known as “The 5” is one of the most
dangerous highways to drive on if you are San Diego resident. Connecting
San Diego to Los Angeles, the I-5 runs through the entire span of California.
The high frequency of traffic on the I-5 can reach up to a million drivers
daily as the stop and go traffic causes a consistent amount of accidents
requiring attentive and careful driving.
A close competitor to the I-5 as the most dangerous freeway to drive on,
the I-15 frequents in terrible traffic and accidents. Expect to be completely
stopped on most days as traffic accidents usually require the shutdown
of lanes. A frequent amount of drunk drivers are pulled over on this highway
as well so if you are driving late at night paying special attention to
your surroundings is key to avoiding them.
Nicknamed “Bloody Alley”, the 25 mile stretch of highway from
El Cajon all the way to Mount Woodson is known for its blind turns and
twisting roads. Precautions should be taken while traveling on this mostly
two lane road as steering wheel slips or taking a turn too fast is known
for causing over 50 deaths in the past 20 years.
University and Marlborough Avenue
Accounting for 10 percent of pedestrian accidents in all of San Diego in
2015, these roads can be a very dangerous place to be at night. The lack
of crosswalks and lights on University and Marlborough Ave. makes these
roads somewhere you might want to think twice about before driving or
walking on. The intersection between University and Marlborough Ave. is
number 1 on San Diego’s “Fatal 15” list for having the
most dangerous intersection. This is attributed to its high amount of
pedestrian traffic leaving these streets to be very accident prone.
Mission Boulevard and Garnet Avenue
Featured on San Diego’s “The Fatal Fifteen List” for
sharing the second most dangerous intersection for pedestrians, these
streets feature an increased amount of bicyclists because of the nearby
beach. On weekends, these streets are prone places for drunk drivers and
unaware pedestrians because of the mostly college-age crowd that frequent
the row of bars so be aware when driving or walking at night on these streets.
El Cajon Boulevard
Speeding cars and unwary crossers have been known to cause an alarming
amount of accidents on this road. Be sure to look both ways if crossing
at night as visibility on El Cajon Blvd. is dimly lit increasing the chances
of an accident occurring.
The nine block street that forms San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is known
for its busy narrow streets and unaware pedestrians. During peak times
on the weekends, the streets can be filled with cars and people making
it a very easy road for an accident to occur on. Be especially aware of
people riding bikes too as it is very common for bicyclists to be involved
in accidents on this street.
Similar to Fifth Avenue, Market Street located in downtown San Diego attracts
accidents by not only bicyclists, cars and pedestrians but public transportation
systems as well. Trolley accidents have been known to cause fatalities
on this road so be sure to stay aware of street signs.
Being aware of these roads that are accident prone is always a good way
to take steps to preventing an accident. However, sometimes accidents
are unavoidable due to others actions. If you have been injured because
of someone else’s negligence, it’s never too early to discuss
your options with an experienced professional, call now to schedule a
free, no pressure consultation at (619) 956-9555.