The Fatal Fifteen: San Diego Intersections are Deadly for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

 Many San Diego intersections lack modern improvements that would make them safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

When a city report last year identified this as the reason why there had been a spike in traffic accidents, a group of local citizens to take action. The local non-profit organization Circulate San Diego was formed. These citizens want to put an end to the tragedies that take place throughout the city and they are asking government officials to step up improvements at 15 intersections they have dubbed “The Fatal Fifteen.”

The group behind the initiative has been putting up posters to spread awareness of the dangers at these 15 intersections. They are also asking the city of San Diego to improve streets at these intersections to make roads safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.They point out that the number of pedestrian accidents in San Diego has risen for the past three years.

There are some basic improvements to infrastructure that the group believes will make a significant impact. The painting of ladder or zebra strips in crosswalks could make them more visible to motorists. Traffic signal countdown lights and audible prompts can also help pedestrians get across the crosswalks safely. The estimated cost for these improvements is about $200,000, but it’s unclear whether the city will adopt these suggestions for its next budget.

The most dangerous street has been identified as University Avenue. There are five intersections that cross University that are considered some of the worst places to cross for pedestrians and bicyclists such as Park Boulevard in North Park, City Heights at Fairmount, Marlborough and Menlo avenues, and 52nd Street.

The Fatal Fifteen Intersections in San Diego are:

  • University Avenue & Marlborough Street, City Heights
  • University Avenue & 52nd Street, City Heights
  • Mission Boulevard & Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach
  • University Avenue & Park Boulevard, Hillcrest
  • University Avenue & Menlo Avenue, City Heights
  • 6th Avenue & Broadway, Downtown
  • El Cajon Boulevard & 36th Street, North Park
  • Paradise Valley Road & Deep Dell Road, South Bay Terraces
  • University Avenue & Fairmount Avenue, City Heights
  • 5th Avenue & B Street, Downtown
  • 4th Avenue & B Street, Downtown
  • Euclid Avenue & Naranja Street, Encanto
  • Palm Avenue & 16th Street, Nestor/ Egger Highlands
  • Coronado Avenue & Thermal Avenue, Nestor/ Egger Highlands
  • 5th Avenue & Broadway, Downtown

Determining Liability for a Collision

Based on the unique facts involved in any collision, police conduct an investigation into the crash and may determine that either one or several people were liable. There could also be some liability on the part of a government entity. A business owner may share liability with an employee who is involved in a collision while working. A driver may have been distracted, under the influence of drugs or alcohol or recklessly speeding. These are all things that police will consider when they determine liability for a collision.

If you were hurt in a traffic accident involving a negligent driver, Johnson Attorneys Group can help by offering free legal advice at 800-235-6801. Call us for a case evaluation and to find out how to protect your legal rights.

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