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Southern Santa Cruz County's Watsonville, in Pajaro Valley, enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Bird watchers flock to the beaches and miles of trails that surround Watsonville's wetlands. The nearby Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve is ideal for bird watching, and is one of California's last undisturbed wetlands.

Watsonville's annual Birding Festival, the Strawberry Festival, a weekly farmers' market, Watsonville's City Plaza, and the Agricultural History Museum draw in locals and visitors alike. Watsonville is central to the juncture of Highways 1, SR-129 and SR-152.

42% of Watsonville’s workforce is blue-collar, compared to the national average of 27.7%. In Watsonville, almost 15% of residents work in farm management.

People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Watsonville, accounting for almost 82% of the city's residents. More than 1 in 3 Watsonville residents is foreign born. The most common language spoken in Watsonville is Spanish.


When it comes to driving it comes to driving in Watsonville, accidents happen. Even though you're careful, and try to follow all the rules, when someone else is careless, you'll end up getting hurt.

When it comes to getting hurt in a Watsonville traffic crash, UC Berkeley's Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS for short) tells the story of how people suffer Watsonville injuries. Almost 1 in 3 Watsonville crashes happen on the highway. Speed plays a big role - almost 1 in 4 of all crashes involved someone who was speeding!

Were you involved in an accident on one of these Watsonville intersections?

  • Freedom Boulevard at Emme Lane and Compton Lane
  • Freedom Boulevard between Mariposa Avenue and Clifford Avenue
  • South Green Valley Boulevard and Loma Prieta Avenue
  • Main Street and Beach Streets
  • Where East Riverside and West Riverside meet at Porter Drive

If so, you're not alone.

TIMS says these are some of the most accident prone intersections in Watsonville where people suffered personal injuries between 2014 and 2019.

Freedom Boulevard is a real hot spot when it comes to Watsonville accidents.

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

Now, more from TIMS for the period from 2014 to 2019:

The takeaway:

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

Number of Watsonville crashes:

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

  • Total Crashes • 912
  • Deaths • 19
  • Injured • 1,130


  • Highway Crashes • 279 • 30.6%
  • Pedestrians • 195 • 21.4%
  • Bicycles • 105 • 11.5%
  • Motorcycles • 29 • 3.2%

Types and Frequency of Watsonville crashes:

Most Watsonville accidents are broadsides, also known as t-bone crashes.

Right behind t-bones, rear-enders are the second most common type of Watsonville auto accident from 2014-2019:

Watsonville Crash Type
Number of Crashes
of Total 
Broadside 270 29.61%
Rear End 238 26.10%
Vehicle/Ped. 193 21.16%
Other 75 8.22%
Sideswipe 50 5.48%
Head-On 47 5.15%
Hit Object 35 3.84%
Not Stated 2 0.22%
Overturned 2 0.22%

Who gets hurt in Watsonville crashes:

In Watsonville traffic crashes, injured drivers constitute around 50% of all injured people. 

Watsonville Injured Person
Number of Injured Persons
of Total  
Driver 568 49.43%
Passenger 267 23.24%
Pedestrian 208 18.10%
Bicyclist 100 8.70%
Other 6


What causes Watsonville crashes

Unsafe speed made sits at the top of the list of laws that get broken in a Watsonville crash.

The next three most common causes of Watsonville crashes are improper turns are failing to yield the right of way, and pedestrian right of way, and improper turns (for example, making an illegal u-turn):

Traffic Law Broken in Watsonville 
Number of Violations
of Total 
Unsafe Speed 211 23.19%
Automobile Right of Way 211 23.19%
Pedestrian Right of Way 99 10.88%
Improper Turning 86 9.45%
Traffic Signals and Signs 75 8.24%
DUI or Bicycle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drug   50 5.49%
Pedestrian Violation 47 5.16%
Wrong Side of Road 41 4.51%
Unsafe Starting or Backing 21 2.31%
Unknown 17 1.87%
Other Than Driver (or Pedestrian) 12 1.32%
Unsafe Lane Change 9 0.99%
Following Too Closely 8 0.88%
Other Hazardous Violation 8 0.88%
Other Improper Driving 6 0.66%
Improper Passing 5 0.55%
Other Equipment 2 0.22%
Impeding Traffic 1 0.11%
Hazardous Parking 1


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

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If you got hurt in Watsonville, 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 Watsonville, here are the Santa Cruz County emergency rooms where you can get checked out 24 hours a day. Please scroll down for Watsonville.

Many injury accident cases get resolved without going to court.

Other case have to be fought through the court.

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

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

Watsonville auto accident and injury cases are heard in the court located in Santa Cruz.

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 got hurt in Watsonville, I can help. Here are some of the Watsonville crash types that I can handle:

If you are going to fight your Watsonville injury case in court, your civil case will be heard at this courthouse:

The Santa Cruz civil court hears auto accident and personal injury cases that happened in:

  • Amesti
  • Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley
  • Aptos
  • Ben Lomond
  • Bonny Doon
  • Boulder Creek
  • Branciforte
  • Brookdale
  • Capitola
  • Corralitos
  • Davenport
  • Day Valley
  • Felton Grove
  • Felton
  • Freedom
  • Interlaken
  • La Selva Beach
  • Live Oak
  • Lompico
  • Mount Hermon
  • Opal Cliffs
  • Pajaro Dunes
  • Paradise Park
  • Pasatiempo
  • Pleasure Point
  • Rio del Mar
  • Santa Cruz
  • Scotts Valley
  • Seacliff
  • Soquel
  • Twin Lakes
  • Watsonville
  • Zayante

If you were injured in a Watsonville 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 Watsonville and the surrounding areas:

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

Watsonville Police Department
215 Union St.
Watsonville, CA 95076-5009
Non-emergency: (831) 768-3300


If you got hurt in Watsonville 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.

The consultation is free - let's talk about your case.

My name is Renée Yvonne Gardner

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

I represent people with personal injury and wrongful death cases in Santa Cruz county

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

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