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Gilroy is just 30 minutes or so from some of Silicon Valley's technological leaders, including Google and Apple. Walking along Gilroy's charming Historic Downtown brings an mix of old and new shops and buildings. Antique stores and specialty boutiques can be treasure troves. 

Downtown Gilroy also has a wide range of delicious restaurants. At the Gilroy Premium Outlets, shoppers can spend the day shopping at a range of around 145 factory outlet stores.

Gilroy is to the south of Morgan Hill and to the north of San Benito County. Gilroy is known around the world for its delicious and abundant garlic.

The Gilroy Gardens horticultural-themed amusement park, and the world-famous Gilroy Garlic Festival, draw visitors from far and wide.

Gilroy is also part of the historic Santa Clara Valley wine growing region. And Gilroy is home to a lively local arts scene including theaters and summer music. Local parks include the nearby Henry W. Coe Park, with 87,000 acres of open space. There are also bike and hiking trails with breath-taking views of South Santa Clara Valley.


Did you get hit on First and Broadway or on First and Miller?

If so, you're not alone! For the period from 2014 to 2019, UC Berkeley's TIMS shows that the most dangerous auto accident intersections in Gilroy all involve First Street (also known as SR-152):

  • First Street (SR-152) and Broadway

  • First Street (SR-152) and Miller

Here are some more Gilroy hot-spot intersections where accidents frequently happen - besides First Street, Church Street has a lot of crashes, too:

  • First Street (SR-152) and between Eigleberry Street and Church Street

  • First Street (SR-152) and between Church Street and Rosanna Street

Other accident-prone First Street intersections are when First meets with these Gilroy streets:

  • Church Street
  • Eigleberry Street
  • Miller Avenue
  • Monterey Road
  • Princevalle Street
  • Rosanna Street
  • Wren Avenue

Here are other accident prone Gilroy intersections:

  • Church Street and Gurries Drive
  • Church Street and Sixth Street
  • Miller Avenue and Broadway
  • Monterey Road and West Tenth Street
  • Wren Avenue and Mantelli Drive

When it comes to getting hurt in a Gilroy traffic crash, UC Berkeley's Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS for short) tells the story of how people suffer Gilroy injuries. Most (34.3%) Gilroy crashes happen on the highway. Speed plays a big role - 26.45% of all crashes involved someone who was speeding!

If you got hurt in Gilroy View, I can help. Here are some of the Gilroy crash types that I can handle:

Now, more from the Transportation Injury Mapping System. I pulled some more information for the period of 2017 to 2019.

The takeaway:

Most Gilroy crashes happen on the highway and most Gilroy accidents are broadsides (t-bone crashes). Speeding is frequently involved:

The details:

In Gilroy, here are the number and type of crashes from 2017 to 2019:

  • Total Crashes • 696
  • Deaths • 10
  • Injured • 965


  • Highway Crashes • 239 • 34.3%
  • Pedestrians • 56 • 8.0%
  • Bicycles • 50 • 7.2%
  • Motorcycles • 26 • 3.7%

Here are the types of Gilroy auto accidents, from the most to least frequent.

When it comes to traffic accidents in Gilroy, most accidents are broadsides, also known as t-bone crashes.

Right behind t-bones, rear-enders are the second most common type of Gilroy auto accident from 2017-2019:

Type of Gilroy Crash
Number of Crashes
Percentage of Total
Broadside 211 30.32%
Rear End 208 29.89%
Sideswipe 76 10.92%
Head-On 53 7.61%
Hit Object 47 6.75%
Vehicle/Ped. 44 6.32%
Not Stated 33 4.74%
Other 16 2.30%
Overturned 8 1.15%

Here are the causes of Gilroy auto accidents, from the most to least frequent.

Like so many Bay Area counties, unsafe speed made it to the top of the list.

The next most common causes of Gilroy crashes are cars that fail to yield the right of way and improper turns (for example, making an illegal u-turn):

Traffic Law Broken Before A Gilroy Crash
Number of Crashes
Percent of Total 
Unsafe Speed 183 26.45%
Automobile Right of Way 119 17.20%
Improper Turning 92 13.29%
Traffic Signals and Signs 74 10.69%
DUI or Bicycle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drug   52 7.51%
Unknown 26 3.76%
Pedestrian Right of Way 24 3.47%
Wrong Side of Road 22 3.18%
Unsafe Starting or Backing 22 3.18%
Pedestrian Violation 20 2.89%
Unsafe Lane Change 18 2.60%
Following Too Closely 13 1.88%
Improper Passing 9 1.30%
Other Than Driver (or Pedestrian) 8 1.16%
Other Improper Driving 5 0.72%
Other Hazardous Violation 3 0.43%
Hazardous Parking 1 0.14%
Brakes 1 0.14%

Here is the contact information for the Gilroy Police Department, in case you need to reach them regarding the accident:

Gilroy Police Department
7301 Hanna St.
Gilroy, CA  95020-6129
Non-Emergency: (408) 846-0350
Records/General: (408) 846-0300


If you were injured anywhere in Gilroy, it's a good idea to hire an experienced and knowledgeable Gilroy auto accident personal injury attorney. I am Renée Yvonne Gardner and I fight accident and injury cases. I have been the voice of Gilroy injured clients for 15 years. I have dedicated my career to fighting for people who get injured in Gilroy and its nearby areas.

Gilroy personal injury clients, please call me at (408) 214-5555 or here:

Please visit our "Consultations" page to learn if a consultation fee is required. If it is, please pay it now, to receive a response to your contact. Thank you.

If you got hurt in Gilroy, keep in mind that it's important to hire a good attorney from the start. The insurance adjuster is not your friend - even your own insurance company will look for the cheapest way to get rid of your claim. After you get injured, it's important to seek medical care right away. Some injuries can only be found by a doctor. Other injuries get worse if they don't get treated on time.

If you suffered personal injuries in Gilroy, here are the Santa Clara County emergency rooms where you can get checked out 24 hours a day. Please scroll down to find Gilroy.

Did you know that many injury accident cases get resolved without going to court?

Other cases have to be fought through the court.

Gilroy injury accident cases get filed and handled in the Civil Division of the Santa Clara County Courts. In 1998, all Santa Clara County Trial Courts were unified to form the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

This happened because the voters approved a constitutional amendment letting Santa Clara County judges merge their superior and municipal courts. Before then, superior court and municipal court were separate.

Currently, Gilroy auto accident and injury cases are heard in courts located in San Jose. Accident and injury cases are called civil cases, unless they happen at work. If they happen at work, they're called workers compensation.

If you are going to fight your Gilroy injury case in court, your civil case will be heard at one of these courthouses:

Downtown Superior Court
191 North First Street
San José, CA 95113-1006

Phone:(408) 882-2100

Old Courthouse
161 North First Street
San José, CA 95113-1001

Phone: (408) 882-2100

San Jose civil courts DTS and the Old Courthouse hear auto accident and personal injury cases that happened in:

  • Campbell
  • Cupertino
  • Gilroy
  • Los Gatos
  • Los Altos
  • Los Altos Hills
  • Milpitas
  • Monte Sereno
  • Morgan Hill
  • Mountain View
  • Palo Alto
  • San Jose
  • Santa Clara
  • Saratoga
  • Sunnyvale

If you were injured in a Gilroy accident, please contact me for a free consultation at (408) 214-5555 or here: message me here.

Here are just some of the injuries I handle in Gilroy and the surrounding areas:

Need the hours and parking at the San Jose Civil Court?

Here's what you need to know about the San Jose civil court hours and parking.


If you got hurt in Gilroy and need a good attorney now, who will fight for you, please call me now at (408) 214-5555 or send me a message send me a message.

Let's talk about your case - the consultation is free.

My name is Renée Yvonne Gardner

I am Gilroy personal injury attorney, founder, owner and attorney of Gardner Law, a Gilroy personal auto accident and injury law office. 

I represent people with personal injury and wrongful death cases in Santa Clara County

Please visit our "Consultations" page to learn if a consultation fee is required. If it is, please pay it now, to receive a response to your contact. Thank you.

Source for Gilroy accident data: Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS), Safe Transportation Research and Education CenterUniversity of California, Berkeley. 2021

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