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Los Angeles Has a Dangerous Intersection Problem

Intersections, by their very nature as a focal point for traffic, are the site of many crashes every year. As it turns out, L.A.'s are some of the most dangerous.

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In terms of crash frequency, Los Angeles intersections appear to have a lot of places beat. In an article on Curbed, Elijah Chiland writes that "more than 90 percent" of dangerous intersections in the state are in SoCal, and half of those are in L.A.

Most Dangerous Intersections in Los Angeles by Number of Collisions

This may leave you wondering: What intersections, exactly, are thought to be the most dangerous?

Curbed's report indicates Devonshire and Reseda, as well as Imperial Highway and Vista Del Mar, as topping the list for the most dangerous intersections in terms of crash numbers.

Most Dangerous Intersection in L.A. for Pedestrians

Another Curbed report argues that Los Angeles is the most unsafe place for pedestrians in the entire country. If you're walking in L.A., especially at an intersection with heavy traffic, it's best to keep an eye peeled.

Reporting on 2014 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Jeff Wattenhofer for Curbed writes:

  • "Not only does LA County have the most pedestrian deaths in America, they absolutely dominate the category. The 207 pedestrians that died in LA County is more than double the traffic deaths than the second-ranked county in the country."

Wattenhofer cites the Vincent Street and Pacific Coast Highway intersection in Redondo Beach as the most dangerous for pedestrians.

Vision Zero Los Angeles: An Ambitious but Worthy Goal

  • "Vision Zero Los Angeles is our city's commitment to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2025."

The interactive Vision Zero website says that one life is lost every 40 hours in Los Angeles due to traffic crashes, and in 2016, 260 people died. The many dots on the Vision Zero map each represent a person who died. These are a way for family members left behind to share their stories.

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