Not everyone likes surprises, especially when danger could be lurking around the corner. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, there were 3,176 traffic fatalities in 2015, and 3,102 in 2014. The numbers have not decreased since then, making the road a little more scary for drivers. However, we have curated a list of the top 25 most dangerous intersections in San Luis Obispo, California to help relieve some of your anxiety while driving and provide insight for which intersections you should take extra precaution.
Top 5 Most Dangerous Intersections in San Luis Obispo
Santa Rosa & Foothill | 82 accidents
At this intersection, the most common type of collision was rear end, and the second most common was broadside (where the side of one vehicle is impacted by the rear or front of another vehicle, forming a “T”). 39 people were injured, with 4 accidents involving a pedestrian and 3 accidents involving a bicyclist.
Los Osos Valley & Calle Joaquin | 76 accidents
Here, the most common type of collision was also rear end, and the second most common was broadside. Out of the 8 people were injured, 1 was a pedestrian, and 3 were bicyclists.
California & Foothill | 48 accidents
Rear end was the most common type of collision at this intersection, with broadside collisions following closely behind. 53 people were injured, including 2 pedestrians and 4 bicyclists.
Los Osos Valley & Froom Ranch | 44 accidents
At this intersection, the most common type of collision was broadside, and the second most common type of collision was hit object. Here, 9 people were injured, and of that total, 1 was a pedestrian.
Santa Rosa & Olive | 42 accidents
Here, rear end was the most common type of collision: rear end, and sideswipe (when two vehicles are driving next to one another in the same direction and the sides of the two vehicles contact one another) was the second most common. 2 people were injured at this intersection.
Overall Most Dangerous Intersection
California & Foothill is the overall most dangerous intersection in the area, with a total of 53 injuries.
The intersections that are the most dangerous for bicyclists are Foothill & Broad and Foothill & Santa Rose with 6 bicycle accidents at each. The most dangerous intersection for pedestrians are Santa Rosa & Foothill with 3 pedestrian injured in 2 accidents.
Most Dangerous Intersections by Year
The number of accidents at Los Osos Valley & Calle Joaquin have continued to decrease over the past couple of years, with a steep drop of accidents in 2014.
2012 | Los Osos Valley & Calle Joaquin: 36 Accidents
2013 | Los Osos Valley & Calle Joaquin: 30 Accidents
2014 | Santa Rosa & Foothill: 19 Accidents
2015 | Santa Rosa & Foothill: 29 Accidents
2016 | Santa Rosa & Olive: 21 Accidents
Luckily, there have been only 4 fatalities that occurred in San Luis Obispo in the past 5 years, according to the data. Two pedestrians and two motorists were killed in 4 separate accidents. Surprisingly, all of these fatal accidents occurred on Northbound 101 On/Off ramps. There was one fatality at each of the 101 N on/off ramps at California, Higuera, Madonna, and Osos.
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Note: The reported injuries are only those that were reported to the investigating entity (e.g. CHP, SLOPD).