Greater Los Angeles is notorious across the country for its reliance on cars. This means the city’s streets are essential and useful – but also potentially deadly for cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians.
However, not all streets are created equal. A report published in LA Weekly highlights some of the city’s deadliest intersections, including the five most dangerous crossings for pedestrians. Continuing our coverage of California Pedestrian Safety Month, we’ll be taking a look at some hot spots for pedestrian injuries and fatalities here in the Los Angeles metro.
Almost Half of California’s Most Dangerous Intersections Are in LA
According to Curbed Los Angeles, a blog about state and local transportation policy, Los Angeles is particularly dangerous for pedestrians. In a traffic collision, pedestrians are five times more likely to receive life-threatening injuries than others involved in the crash.
For those on two feet, the most dangerous intersections in the metro:
- Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue, 90028
- South Central Avenue and East Vernon Avenue, 90011
- South Vermont Avenue and West Expedition Boulevard, 90007
- Hollywood Boulevard and North McCadden Place, 90028
- South San Pedro Street and 7th Street, 90021
Devonshire Street and Reseda Boulevard in Northridge received the dubious distinction of California’s most dangerous intersection overall. That crossing did not see any fatalities in 2015, the most recent year with data available, but it was home to 41 recorded injuries.
Regardless of where you’re walking, it is vital that pedestrians maintain their focus and practice safe walking habits – which we’ll discuss in more depth in a future post.
As California Pedestrian Safety Month continues, we’ll continue to cover topics related to pedestrian safety in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for blog posts about pedestrian hazards, safety tips, and some legal basics.