Most Dangerous Roads and Intersections in Los Angeles [2024 Updated]

Douglas D. Shaffer - Personal Injury Lawyer - Manhattan Beach, CA

Los Angeles is one of the most populated and diverse cities in the United States, with an estimated population of 3.8 million as per the most recent U.S. Census data. That means there are a lot of drivers in the city and the surrounding suburbs. A lot of drivers means a lot of potential for accidents. It is important to recognize and avoid the most dangerous roads and intersections in Los Angeles, if possible. An experienced car accident lawyer can help you figure out what to do next.

The Most Dangerous Roads and Intersections in Los Angeles

According to information gathered by the California Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were approximately 38,700 car accidents in Los Angeles County in 2023 that resulted in either an injury or a fatality. Of that number, over 5,600 accidents involved alcohol, 351 involved drugs, over 20,000 involved speeding, and over 2,000 involved distracted driving. Accidents happen when drivers are impaired, overconfident, or simply not paying enough attention to their surroundings.

In the city limits of Los Angeles, there are approximately 86 intersections that were the site of at least 10 car accidents that resulted in injury or death between 2020 and 2023. Those intersections account for at least 7% of all the car accidents in the city that resulted in injury or death during that time frame. The five most dangerous intersections in the city are:

  • East Manchester Avenue & Avalon Boulevard
  • West Manchester Avenue & South Vermont Avenue
  • Victory Boulevard & Lindley Avenue
  • West Manchester Avenue & South Normandie Avenue
  • South Vermont & West Florence Avenue

Downtown Los Angeles apparently sees the most intersection crashes, with 937 between 2020 and 2023. Over 330 people were killed in Los Angeles car accidents in 2023, a number that eclipsed homicides that year.

What To Do After a Car Accident in Los Angeles

Being in a car accident can be a jarring, bewildering experience. It is important that you take the proper precautions to protect yourself if it ever happens to you. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Stay Calm: Your first instinct may be to panic. Try your hardest to stay calm and assess the situation. Check yourself and any other passengers for injuries. If you are not in any immediate physical harm, try to exit the vehicle and, if you are able, move it to the side of the road away from oncoming traffic. The last thing you want to do is unintentionally cause another accident.
  • Seek Medical Attention: If needed, try and get immediate first aid for any injuries that are readily apparent. Call 911 as soon as you can and ask for police and EMTs. Once they arrive, have the EMTs look you over and give you the all-clear. If there is anybody who is seriously injured, do not attempt to move them. Wait for the EMTs and give them the space to handle the situation.
  • Exchange Information: Once the authorities have arrived and taken charge of the scene, you can start to handle the more personal steps, beginning with getting the insurance information from the other driver. Be sure to give them yours, too. You should have their full name, address, phone number, insurance details, and driver’s license number.
  • Collect Evidence. Now, you can start collecting evidence. Take photos of the accident scene, particularly the damage to the vehicles, any injuries you have sustained, property damage, road damage, and traffic signals. You can collect any witness statements as well, as these may be valuable later.
  • Police Report: Make sure you get a valid police report about the accident, as you will need it for your insurance claim. Do not assume any responsibility for the accident.


Q: What Are the Most Dangerous Intersections in Los Angeles?

A: According to information gathered by MoneyGeek, the most dangerous intersections in Los Angeles are located at:

  • East Manchester Avenue & Avalon Boulevard
  • West Manchester Avenue & South Vermont Avenue
  • Victory Boulevard & Lindley Avenue
  • West Manchester Avenue & South Normandie Avenue
  • South Vermont & West Florence Avenue

Each of these intersections has been the site of at least 18 fatal or injury crashes between 2020 and 2023. Four out of five are located in South Central neighborhoods.

Q: What Is the Most Dangerous Road in Los Angeles?

A: According to information gathered by Crosstown, the most dangerous road in Los Angeles is a stretch of highway on Interstate 110 between San Pedro and U.S. Highway 101. That stretch is considered the most dangerous freeway in the city.

For every mile of roadway, there are an estimated 162 accidents. On the southbound stretch of the freeway, the ratio is 122 accidents for every mile of roadway. The highway is known for significant traffic and numerous exit ramps along six lanes.

Q: Where Do Most Car Accidents Happen in Los Angeles?

A: On average, most car accidents in Los Angeles happen on a stretch of highway where the 57 and 60 freeways meet. It’s known as the 57/60 Confluence. It is a very popular route for commuters. Hundreds of thousands of Los Angeles drivers use this stretch of highway every day. It ranks as the most frequent site of truck accidents in the entire state. They are currently working on improving the freeway, with an estimated completion year of 2028.

Q: What Mistakes Should I Avoid Making After a Car Accident?

A: Being in a car accident is a shocking experience, so you should not be expected to have the clearest mind. Still, you should take the right actions to protect yourself. Here are some common mistakes you could make:

  • Failing to document the scene.
  • Admitting fault in the accident.
  • Not speaking to any witnesses.
  • Not filing a police report.
  • Reaching out to your insurance before speaking to a lawyer.

If You’ve Been in an Accident, Contact a Lawyer

The legal team at Shaffer Law can help you deal with the fallout of a car accident. The last thing you want is to be found liable for damages. We can help you gather the necessary evidence, handle the insurance company, and help reach an appropriate settlement on your behalf. Contact us to schedule a consultation as soon as you can.

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About The Author

Douglas D. Shaffer

Douglas D. Shaffer is a seasoned attorney based in California, specializing in personal injury and complex litigation. With an impressive career marked by significant case wins and a strong dedication to his clients, his professional background and expertise are noteworthy. Education: Graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine Law School; holds a Bachelor of Science from Ohio State University. Experience: Over three decades of legal practice, focusing on catastrophic injury cases. Recognition: Repeatedly recognized as a Super Lawyer; named a top lawyer by US News and World Reports. Community Involvement: Actively contributes to community services and coaches youth sports. Bar Admissions: Admitted to the State Bar of California, U.S. District Court Northern District of California, and U.S. District Court Central District of California since 1984.

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