Where Are the Speed Traps in Huntington Beach?
Speeding is one of the leading causes of catastrophic injury accidents. Police officers set up speed traps in areas where there are a lot of violations and traffic collisions. The following locations were reported to be areas at which police are regularly setting traps. Speeding is never safe, but if you have an unbearable urge to imitate a speed racer, you should pay extra attention in these areas and slow your roll.
Heil Avenue Between Bolsa Chica and Algonquin Street
In 2007, an elderly man was hospitalized with a head injury after being struck by a vehicle at this location. Police responded to a report of an injury traffic collision, on Heil, between Bolsa Chica and Algonquin Street. A vehicle was going east on Heil when it collided with a man walking across the road, police said. He was taken to UCI Medical Center with a head injury and possible internal injuries.
Pedestrian and personal injury accidents in this area are not uncommon. The speed limit is 35 mph, which tends to leave motorists staying at whatever speed their neighboring cars are going. When approaching this intersection, make sure you are aware of your surroundings and moving at a safe speed.
Talbert Avenue, Between Edwards Street and Springdale Street
In 2006, an unmarked Huntington Beach police car, parked near Talbert Avenue and Edwards Street, was severely damaged and the detective behind the wheel and another driver were hospitalized after their vehicles collided. The driver of a Volvo made a left-hand turn in front of the detective's car, causing the accident, Huntington Beach police officials say. There's no doubt that this area is enforced, but the most disturbing part is that not even the police are safe from the area's dangerous drivers. Exercise good judgment when approaching this intersection; a ticket is the least of your worries.
Edwards Street near Garfield Avenue
Mark Hampton was killed in a Huntington Beach motorcycle accident after his motorcycle collided with a car the evening of June 26, 2009. According to an article in the Orange County Register, Montgomery was riding the motorcycle west on Garfield Avenue near Edwards Street. Montgomery was wearing a helmet, but he died from injuries sustained in the motorcycle crash.
According to California Highway Patrol's 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, there were no fatalities; however, 55 injuries occurred involving motorcycle accidents in Huntington Beach. In Orange County as a whole, 24 fatalities and 752 injuries were reported in 2007 as a result of motorcycle accidents.
Adams Avenue near Brookhurst Road
On May 24, 2007, an 81-year-old woman was killed while crossing the street near Brookhurst and Adam, according to the OC Register. Joan Van Amersfoorth, of Huntington Beach, died at 8:15 p.m. after being struck by multiple cars on Brookhurst. She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics who responded to numerous calls from motorists in the area.
This area is extremely high traffic, but that in no way excuses multiple vehicles hitting this poor woman. I'm sure there were plenty of excuses as to why this happened, but nothing can excuse inattention leading to the loss of life.
Gothard Street near Slater Avenue
On November 11, 2009 a crash sent two drivers to the hospital after their collision a street down from this intersection, the crash sent one car into a light pole. At about 4:30 p.m., Robinette Glover, 62, was trying to turn left on Heil from Gothard when she collided with Zachary Davis. Zachary spun south and slammed into a light pole on the southwest corner of the intersection, Huntington Beach police said.
If you have been involved in a car accident, you will need an experienced Huntington Beach car accident lawyer to advise you of your rights and options. Exceptional personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation to victims and their families. If you have an opportunity to receive compensation for you medical expenses, loss of wages, and other expenses, they will walk you through the process.