Vacaville’s Most Dangerous Intersections
Many people think of Vacaville as a relatively quiet town. However, it’s one of the largest cities in the region and sits right on a major highway connecting the Sacramento Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area. On top of that, Vacaville is in the middle of a massive agricultural area, meaning that produce is constantly being shipped on area roads. All this adds up to a significant amount of vehicle traffic and, unfortunately, car accidents. While it’s impossible to say exactly where and when an accident will happen, we can look at local vehicle data to improve our safety. To learn more, check out these statistics on Vacaville’s most dangerous intersections.
The following data is taken from research conducted by UC Berkeley. Each intersection is listed next to the number of injury-causing crashes that took place within 250 feet of the location between the years 2007 and 2018.
- Alamo Drive and Nut Tree Road, 41
- Elmira Road and Nut Tree Road, 36
- Alamo Drive and Peabody Road, 34
- Cliffside Drive and Peabody Road, 34
- Nut Tree Parkway and Nut Tree Road, 32
- Marshall Road and Peabody Road, 30
- Depot Street and Mason Street, 28
- Elmira Road and Mason Street, 28
- Aegean Way and Elmira and Peabody, 26
- Alamo Drive and Marshall Road, 25
Why Are These Intersections More Dangerous
Because the directions of traffic are multiplied, intersections tend to be more dangerous than other parts of the road. However, specific intersections are usually more accident-prone than others because of multiple factors. Often, an intersection has more accidents simply because it has more daily traffic. However, there is usually some other factor that contributes to the danger.
Common factors that make intersections dangerous include:
- Low visibility
- Malfunctioning signage or traffic signals
- Lack of turn lanes
- Lack of pedestrian crossing areas
- Confusing design
- Defective pavement
One or more of these factors can turn a bad situation worse, often resulting in serious injuries for drivers, passengers, and/or pedestrians.
Dangerous Roads and Liability
In the majority of cases, accidents happen because a driver makes a reckless mistake. In these cases, the negligent driver(s) can be held responsible for the damages they caused during the crash. However, the driver may not be the only liable party. In many cases, a road defect or poor roadway design can contribute to the accident as well. When this happens, the government body responsible for maintaining that particular road may share part of the liability.
However, claiming personal injury compensation from a government entity is not the same as with a private party. Critically, injury claims against government entities need to be filed within 180 days of the date of the accident. While this is meant to help governments fix any dangerous issues, it puts injured people at a disadvantage. This is only one of the reasons that it’s so important to talk with a Vacaville personal injury lawyer right away after a crash takes place.
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I’m Ed Smith, a Vacaville personal injury lawyer. Crashes can be serious. If an accident harmed you or a loved one, call my local number, (707) 564-1900, so that I can provide you with free, friendly advice. I can also be contacted at (800) 404-5400.
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