Orange County Car Crash Statistics and Accident Data

September 15, 2021
Barrios Machado

Orange County Car Crash Statistics and Accident DataAuto accidents are one of the top causes of preventable deaths in the country. As one of the busiest metropolitan areas in the state of California, Orange County sees a lot of auto accidents every year. Although the death rate has significantly improved in the past few years, auto accidents are still a major cause of concern for Orange County residents.

The statistics and data in this article show the range of risks for motorists, passengers, and pedestrians. These risks tend to vary across cities, demographics, population density and size, hours of the days, and so many other factors. 

Orange County Intersections with Most Accidents

The table below shows the total number of accidents from 2015-2019.

Intersection City Accidents
Harbor Blvd & Orangethorpe Ave Fullerton 60
Edinger Ave & Beach Blvd Huntington Beach 55
Harbor Blvd & La Palma Ave Anaheim 55
Ball Rd & Beach Blvd Anaheim 53
4th St & I-5 Santa Ana Fwy Santa Ana 52
Ball Rd & Brookhurst St Anaheim 51
Chapman Ave & Harbor Blvd Fullerton 50
Beach Blvd & Talbert Ave Huntington Beach 47
Newport Blvd & Del Mar Ave Costa Mesa 46
Brookhurst St & La Palma Ave Anaheim 45

The figures above show that the intersections with the most accidents are located in Orange County’s busiest cities: Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Fullerton, Santa Ana, and Costa Mesa. The traffic volume in these areas are greater compared to less crowded cities, so it makes sense that they also see more accidents. For instance, the intersection of Edinger Ave & Beach Blvd is located near a major shopping district and the ramps of I-405 freeway - it stands to reason that the intersection ranks high in terms of auto accident counts.

Orange County Intersections with Most Deaths

The table below shows the total number of fatalities from 2015-2019.

Intersection City Deaths
SR 91 & Imperial Highway Anaheim 8
I-405 & Seal Beach Blvd Seal Beach 7
Beach Blvd & Katella Ave Stanton 4
RT 57 & Chapman Ave Fullerton 4
RT 57 & SR 91 Anaheim 4
I-405 & Fairview Rd Costa Mesa 4
I-405 & SR 22 Garden Grove 4
RT 57 & Yorba Linda Blvd Fullerton 4
4th St & Tustin Ave Santa Ana 4
SR 55 & Warner Ave Santa Ana 4

The figures above show that when it comes to fatal crashes, the accidents tend to take place on or near freeways. Motorists tend to travel at high speeds near freeway entrances and exits, and fatalities are more common for collisions that happen at such high speeds. These areas also see a lot of drivers who attempt to enter traffic or merge across lanes, which are also common causes of vehicular accidents.

Orange County Cities with Most Accidents

The table below shows the accident rate per 1,000 people from 2015-2019.

City Number of Accidents Accident Rate
Seal Beach 1057 43.7
Los Alamitos 460 39.9
Fountain Valley 1962 35
Westminster 2922 32.1
Orange 4351 32.1

Seal Beach’s accident rate is almost 9 times that of the city with the lowest accident rate (Aliso Viejo). In terms of volume, Anaheim tops the list, with 11,580 accidents during the same period. However, Anaheim also has the highest population in Orange County so it’s not unusual that it also sees more accidents. 

Here are other significant statistics:

  • Laguna Beach has the highest rate for pedestrian accidents. This is most likely due to the high rate of tourist foot traffic. In contrast, Cypress, Villa Park, and Aliso Viejo are the safest cities for pedestrians because of their lower foot traffic rate.
  • Newport Beach sees a lot of bicycle accidents every year, probably because cyclists can quickly move from the beach to high-traffic roads.
  • Larger cities such as Anaheim, Irvine, and Santa Ana have a higher volume of truck accidents.

Contact an Experienced Orange County Auto Accident Attorney Today

Car accidents are, unfortunately, very common in Orange County. If you or a loved one gets injured in a car accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident due to the negligence or recklessness of another party, get in touch with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. They can help you collect the compensation for your losses.

Our team at Barrios Machado has handled countless claims arising from Orange County car accidents. We’ll use our extensive experience to streamline the investigation and claims process, so you can focus on your recovery. Contact us now at (714) 515-9696 to schedule a consultation.

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