Why Are San Diego's Roads So Dangerous?

The data from 2017 is in, and once again, San Diego County has the distinction of being one of the most dangerous places in the state to drive. Though San Diego has fewer accidents than larger population centers in LA and Orange County, the rate of severe injuries and fatalities is much higher in San Diego.

In the last 2 years, Orange County had 71,782 car accidents. 44,378 people were hurt in these accidents, and 366 lost their lives. In that same period, San Diego saw 56,426 accidents, more than 15,000 less. There were slightly fewer injuries from these accidents, at 41,722. But the shocking number is the dead in San Diego- 469, 102 more than in Orange County. Orange County has many more accidents, yes, but they're occurring at a lower speed and thus both injury and fatality rates are drastically lower than those in San Diego. 73% of accidents in San Diego are causing serious injury, compared to only 60% in Orange County. San Diego also has double the fatal accidents in which police determined unsafe speed was the primary cause.

That relatively high average speed of traffic on San Diego's freeways may be a contributing factor. Bruce Appleyard, a professor of urban design at San Diego State University, says in regard to speeding "San Diego's relatively freeway-rich for the population, so often when you encounter someone in San Diego, a few minutes earlier they were on a freeway," he said. "Drivers get used to traveling faster and feel like they own the road more."

The moments after a car accident are usually a blur. Knowing what steps to take to protect yourself legally (and otherwise) can be a challenge when you are likely in a state of shock.

  • Call 911: Call as soon as possible to report the accident. If you are unable to do this yourself, ask someone else to do it.
  • Seek medical attention: If you or someone else is injured, get medical attention -- even if your injuries seem minor. Not all injuries may be visible or known, so it is important to see a doctor.
  • Exchange contact information: Get the insurance and contact information from the other driver or drivers involved. If there are any accident witnesses, exchange phone numbers and email addresses with them.
  • Document the accident scene: Take photos of the accident scene. If you are unable to do this yourself, ask someone else to do it.
  • Document your medical treatment and injuries: Take photos of your injuries. Keep record of all doctor visits. This information will be beneficial when it comes time to file a claim.
  • Report the accident to your insurance company: Give the facts of what happened to the insurance adjustor, but do not admit fault. An accident investigation will determine the cause of the accident.
  • Call a personal injury attorney: Get a legal advocate on your side as soon as possible. At Injury Recovery Group, we offer a free consultation and you pay no fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

Schedule a free consultation today: Get in touch with one of our personal injury attorneys in Costa Mesa, by calling 310-893-0062.