Areas of the Pacific Coast Highway in southern California have been approved for significant construction to improve the safety of drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
These efforts have come about after a series of severe and fatal accidents that have taken place on the highway in recent years. Between 2011 and 2014, 376 people were injured and nine were killed in crashes on the Pacific Coast Highway. And as of June of this year, there had been 117 accidents, resulting in four fatalities.
Among the deaths was Dewayne Coleman, a well-known rapper from Los Angeles. He was killed in a June collision that took place while his vehicle was legally parked on the shoulder of the highway. And in February of this year, reality star Caitlyn Jenner allegedly ran her SUV into a stopped car, causing it to slam into oncoming traffic. The other car’s driver was killed at the scene.
Plans for construction
Earlier this year, the Malibu City Council approved a proposal that included 120 different construction projects that could make the highway less hazardous. These improvements would cost a projected $20 million and affect all areas of the road, from traffic signal timing to changes in highway structure. The proposal, which traffic consultants prepared, also listed 30 non-construction actions that would benefit driver safety, such as replacing signage and trimming foliage.
Although all of these efforts might help, it’s still up to motorists to exercise caution when traveling on the Pacific Coast Highway and other roads throughout southern California. Slowing down around curves and paying close attention to posted speed limits can go a long way toward reducing the occurring of auto accidents throughout the region.
If you have been injured in a California traffic accident and would like guidance on appropriate next steps, speak with a skilled San Diego personal injury lawyer at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire LLP.