Attorney Robert J. Kaiser Comments on New Article Regarding Dangerous Intersections in Santa Clarita
In a recent article published by The Signal, officials of the city of Santa Clarita responded to a previous Signal article was posted on November 14, titled, “Seven Santa Clarita Intersections On List Of State’s Most Dangerous.” In the most recent article, “City Responds, Rebukes ‘Dangerous Intersections’ Study,” the author states the previous article does not equitably compare intersections through California nor does it fairly rank the intersections in Santa Clarita.
According to the article, the study was based on data collected from traffic collisions recorded by the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) in 2015. Santa Clarita traffic officials state the method which was used to gather statistics does not accurately compare the intersections located in rural, urban, or suburban location throughout California.
Regardless of which article should be considered most accurate, it is crucial that motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists remain aware of the potential dangers near intersections and throughout all roadways in order to avoid unnecessary accidents. While the City of Santa Clarita believes the report about "dangerous" intersections may not be accurate, there is no question that all intersections still present significant dangers to people entering them.
After reading and analyzing both articles, Attorney Robert J. Kaiser explains, “Taking a defensive attitude and being prepared to react to another person's unreasonable or negligent behavior may help avoid an accident. I want to commend the City of Santa Clarita for working to be proactive in trying to analyze and understand the "behavior" that leads to accidents. It would serve us all well to make an effort to understand the "behavior" that helps avoid accidents.”