Grand Rapids intersection lands at No. 8 on list of most dangerous intersections in Michigan

Grand Rapids intersection lands at No. 8 on list of most dangerous intersections in Michigan
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Michigan Auto Law posted its annual list of the state’s most dangerous intersections based on police car accident report data for 2019.

The intersection at U.S. 131 and Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids ranked No. 8 on the list with 123 total crashes and 18 injuries. Comparatively, the most dangerous intersection in Michigan was 18½ Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue in Sterling Heights with 229 crashes and 14 injuries.

While Michigan saw a decrease in injuries from car crashes when comparing a full year of reports from 2019 to 2018, the total number of accidents and fatalities were higher in 2019 than in 2018.

“Our goal is driver safety,” said Steven Gursten, president of Michigan Auto Law. “We give drivers this information so they can plan alternative routes, if possible, and to be aware of the extra caution needed when driving in these areas.”

Gursten added the COVID-19 pandemic lightened the traffic on Michigan roads, leading to a false sense of security for many drivers.

“Many think it’s safer due to less traffic, but unfortunately, many people are taking advantage of the open roads and speeding or become more easily distracted. Be careful out there,” he said.

Top 10 most dangerous intersections in Michigan 2019

  1. 18½ Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue, Sterling Heights: 229 total crashes, 14 injuries
  2. Schoolcraft Road and Telegraph Road, Redford Township: 210 total crashes, 41 injuries
  3. Orchard Lake Road and 14 Mile Road, Farmington Hills/West Bloomfield: 178 total crashes, 22 injuries
  4. M-5/Martin Parkway and N. Pontiac Trail, Commerce Township: 161 total crashes, 12 injuries
  5. State Road and W. Ellsworth Road, Pittsfield Township/Ann Arbor: 154 total crashes, 8 injuries
  6. 11 Mile Road/I-696 and Van Dyke Avenue, Center Line: 129 total crashes, 31 injuries
  7. Telegraph Road and 12 Mile Road, Southfield: 128 total crashes, 17 injuries
  8. U.S. 131 and Wealthy Street, Grand Rapids: 123 total crashes, 18 injuries
  9. I-75 and Big Beaver Road, Troy: 113 total crashes, 17 injuries
  10. Ford Road and Haggerty Road, Canton Township: 101 total crashes, 35 injuries

Data is sourced from the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit. An intersection is defined as any road with a traffic signal, four-way stop or roundabout. The numbers include any reported crash that occurred within 250 feet of an intersection, including turnarounds and on/off ramps to highways.

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