News: Collision at Philadelphia intersection leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Two cars were involved in a deadly collision at an intersection in North Philadelphia early Saturday morning, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

According to police, a Dodge Charger was making a left turn from Broad Street onto Oxford Street at 2:42 a.m. when it was struck on the passenger side door by a speeding Chevy Malibu. Both vehicles went up onto a sidewalk.

A woman who was a passenger in the Malibu was pronounced dead at the scene. Her identity was not immediately released. The 24-year-old driver of the Malibu and the 37-year-old driver of the Charger were both taken to Jefferson Hospital in critical condition. No other injuries were reported.

Police continue to investigate the cause of the wreck and no charges have been announced so far.

Dangerous Philadelphia intersections

Accidents like these illustrate the hazards faced by motorists at Philadelphia’s intersections, particularly those on major streets. In fact, Broad Street is uniquely dangerous, and accounts for five of the 12 most dangerous intersections for pedestrians, according to statistics compiled by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. They are:

  • Broad and Race Street
  • Broad and Girard Avenue
  • Broad and Olney Avenue
  • Broad and Lehigh Avenue
  • Broad and Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Furthermore, statistics show that around 40 percent of all car collisions in the United States occur at intersections. Accidents happen most frequently during left-hand turns, as one vehicle is crossing the path of another. Speed is also a key factor, as the chance of a 20 mph crash resulting in a fatality is only 5%, while the chance of a 30 mph crash resulting in a fatality is 40%.

If you have been injured or a lost a loved one in a car accident, the Law Offices of Joel J. Kofsky, are ready to help you receive the financial compensation you deserve. Our Philadelphia car accident attorneys will do everything in their power to defend your case in court to get you the damages you need. To schedule a free consultation, call (215) 735-4800 or fill out our online form.