Big cities with their high-speed freeways often make the news when it comes to car accidents. But smaller, rural cities like Fallbrook can be equally dangerous. The long stretches over hills and around sharp bends can cause hurried, tired or inattentive drivers to spin out of control and end up in a Fallbrook car accident.
The danger in these smaller cities arises when drivers become overly familiar with the winding roads they navigate daily. Drivers become impatient and careless, or they drive faster than is safe and end up in a car accident.
According to California Highway Patrol statistics, Fallbrook had 502 car collisions in 2007, which resulted in 175 injuries and seven fatalities. State Route 76, which runs through Fallbrook, carries a high volume of commuter traffic every day. The route was particularly hazardous with 117 car accidents in 2007–accounting for 23% of all Fallbrook car collisions that year. Thirty four percent of Fallbrook car collisions on Route 76 resulted in an injury and three percent were fatal. The most dangerous intersections on Route 76 include North River Road (14 collisions), East Vista Way (11 collisions), Old Highway 395 (10 collisions), Mission Road (6 collisions) and South Mission Road (5 collisions).
The second-highest number of traffic collisions in 2007 occurred on South Mission Road, with 77 car accidents. Forty-six percent of the car collisions on South Mission resulted in injury. The most dangerous intersections on South Mission include Stage Coach Lane (9 collisions, Green Canyon (8 collisions), La Canada Road (7 collisions), Almond Street (5 collisions), Fallbrook Street (5 collisions), Heller’s Bend (5 collisions), Pepper Tree Lane (4 collisions), Ammunition Road (4 collisions), Aviation Road (4 collisions) and Clemmens Lane (4 collisions).
Fallbrook has a number of dangerous blind intersections that require extra caution to navigate. Drivers should slowly inch forward out of the intersection–if it is safe to do so—until they can see oncoming traffic and pedestrians. Then proceed with caution. Drivers should always assume that other drivers can’t see their vehicle.