If you think that the traffic does not move and you feel trapped while on the roads in California, you may be right.
A Caltrans report shows the five points of highest congestion in California, all of which are in the Los Angeles and Orange County area.
These places will give you nightmares and are part of the Caltrans Mobility Report, which details the level of road congestion annually.
At the top of the list is a 6-mile portion of Interstate 5 in Norwalk between freeways 710 and 605.
At any hour of the day, Monday through Sunday, this area is a sea of red tail lights as cars drive at a turtle’s pace or, even worse, stand still without moving at all.
In recent months there has also been construction work in the area, which has increased this state of congestion.
What Time is the “Rush Hour” in Los Angeles and Orange County?
Vehicular traffic is usually heavy on motorways during the entrance and exit routes to jobs and schools.
Weekday rush hours are usually from 7am to 10am in the mornings and in the afternoon from 4pm to 7pm.
On weeknights or weekends transiting to and from the city center and Hollywood can also be a bit difficult.
Best Ways to Avoid Traffic
- Plan ahead
When you are going to use an offramp or fast lane, do not wait until the last minute to do it.
You do not have to do it miles in advance, but maneuvering in advance keeps the traffic flowing.
- In the middle of traffic, in the middle of the lanes
Often enough, vehicular congestion occurs because drivers are trying to change lanes.
This causes unnecessary congestion.
If you do not plan to leave the freeway where you are, stay in the fast lane or in the middle.
When you approach your exit, simply join the exit lane.
- Anticipate the slow downs in the streets
If there are several lanes in the same direction, choose the center one because the other vehicles can be stopped by the cars crossing to the right and to the left.
If there are only two, look forward to see if there are signs that slow the traffic, keep your distance, announce yourself.
- No snooping
When there is an accident or a crash at the side of the road, stopping (or slowing down) to see what is happening is the worst thing you can do.
Remember: this causes a congestion that prevents emergency vehicles from coming quickly to help the injured and stops those who come behind you.
Dangerous Freeways in California
Freeways 710 and 215 that run through different cities in Southern California were among the 10 most dangerous roads in the United States.
22 people died in 2013, according to a report on traffic accidents.
Based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,719 people died in the nation.
California being the second worst state in reference to traffic accidents, with 2,772 victims.
Freeway 710, which is 23 miles long, recorded an average of three accidents for every 10 miles.
In 2013, 8 people died, ranking second in the entire American Union, just behind Interstate 285 in Georgia, where 29 people died.
Meanwhile, Freeway 215, which runs from Temecula to San Bernardino, was ranked tenth.
For every 10 miles, there are two accidents reported on this freeway. In 2015, 14 people died in said freeway.
Why Do Accidents Happen and What Causes Them?
According to the reports of the US traffic police, the main cause of accidents is negligence behind the wheel.
Drivers are responsible for 85 to 95 percent of the wrecks that occur every day, says Charles Butler of the United States Automobile Association.
The US Traffic Safety Administration found that about 25 percent of the collisions are rear-end crashes.
90 percent are due to the driver’s distraction or because the driver intentionally gets too close to the car ahead.
From the statistics that measure the frequency of traffic accidents in the United States, and the experience in that country, Avrek Law Firm mentions the most frequent causes:
- Distraction. It is the main cause of rear-end collisions.
- Alcohol or drugs. These substances cause excessive speed and irresponsible maneuvers. Drivers can also fall asleep when intoxicated. Alcohol has been related to almost every fatal accident.
- Speeding. According to the National Safety Council of the United States, exaggerated speed is the most common road error prone to cause accidents.
- Disrespecting signals. Ignoring traffic lights and road signs is another of the most frequent mistakes and one of the most dangerous.
- Disrespecting the right of way at intersections. 75 percent of accidents at intersections are due to the fact that the right of way is not respected. The most frequent fault is to turn to the left when on the same street on which there is a car coming from the opposite direction, causing a crash.
Common Injuries From Freeway Accidents
There are countless ways traffic accidents can happen, and even more ways in which one of the occupants of the vehicles gets hurt during these incidents.
Here are the five most common types of traffic accident injuries (in no particular order).
- Injuries to the legs – including fracture of the femur, tibia, fibula or bones in the ankles and feet; tears of cartilage around the knees; nerve damage in feet and legs.
- Internal and pelvic injuries – including fractures of the hip or pelvic bone; injury or perforation of the kidneys, spleen, liver, or other organs.
- Back injuries – including herniated discs and vertebral fractures, sprains and muscle tearing.
- Spinal injuries – when the spinal cord is injured or broken by fragments of bone or ligaments this can cause chronic pain, limit mobility, cause neural damage or even paralysis.
- Diaphragm rupture – this happens when the muscle that extends through the lower part of the thoracic cavity tears, causing respiratory problems.
Dangerous Freeways in California According to Caltrans:
- Freeway 710
- Freeway 405 northbound, through Costa Mesa, Orange County
- Freeway 170 southbound, through Valley Village in the San Fernando Valley
- Freeway 101 southbound, west of Highway 405 in Los Angeles
- Freeway 60 through Montebello
- Freeway 605
- Freeway 215
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