20 Michigan Intersections With the Most Car Accidents in 2015

20 Michigan Intersections With the Most Car Accidents in 2015

by / Tuesday, 21 June 2016 / Published in Accident News, Motor Vehicle Accidents

According to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), more car accidents happen in southeastern Michigan than they do anywhere else in the state, with Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb counties having the highest numbers of car accidents. Recently, a list of the 20 Michigan intersections with the highest numbers of car accidents in 2015 was released based on numbers from Michigan State Police. All but one of the intersections on this list are located in Oakland, Wayne, or Macomb county.

The 20 intersections with the most car accidents include:

  • Pontiac Trail and M-5/Martin Parkway in Commerce Township, Oakland County

  • Telegraph Road and 12 Mile in Southfield, Oakland County

  • 11 Mile Road and Van Dyke in Warren/Centerline, Macomb County

  • 18½ Mile Road and Van Dyke in Sterling Heights, Macomb County

  • I-75 and Big Beaver in Troy, Oakland County

  • Ford Road and Haggerty in Canton Township, Wayne County

  • State Road and Ellsworth in Ann Arbor/Pittsfield Township, Washtenaw County

  • Hall Road and Schoenherr in Shelby Township, Macomb County

  • Metropolitan Parkway and Mound in Sterling Heights, Macomb County

  • Southfield Road and 11 Mile in Lathrup Village, Oakland County

  • Hall Road and Romeo Plank in Clinton Township/Macomb, Macomb County

  • Orchard Lake and Maple in West Bloomfield Township, Oakland County

  • Big Beaver and Rochester in Troy, Oakland County

  • Ford Road and Lilley in Canton Township, Wayne County

  • 11 Mile and Gratiot in Roseville, Macomb County

  • Metropolitan Parkway and Van Dyke in Sterling Heights, Macomb County

  • Farmington Road and Maple, West Bloomfield Township, Oakland County

  • 12 Mile Road and Mound in Warren, Macomb County

  • Garfield Road and Hall Road in Clinton Township, Macomb County

  • Dix Highway and M-39/Southfield Freeway in Lincoln Park, Wayne County

For this list, an intersection was defined as, “Any road with a traffic signal, four-way stop, or roundabout.”

It’s important to note that just because these intersections have high rates of car accidents, that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s something about the design of these intersections that makes them inherently more dangerous than others. Many road safety officials have pointed out that most of the intersections on this list are intersections that have a high volume of motorists and when more motorists travel through an intersection, it naturally becomes more likely for car accidents to occur there. For example, Pontiac Trail and M-5 had a higher than normal volume of motorists in 2015 because a nearby stretch of road was closed for construction and many people traveled through the area as a detour.

Craig Bryson, spokesman for the Oakland County Road Commission, told the Detroit Free Press that he believes a more accurate way of measuring how dangerous an intersection is is by calculating the crash rate. Rather than simply looking at the number of car accidents that happen at a given intersection, the crash rate shows the rate of car accidents relative to the number of vehicles that travel through the intersection.

Bryson also told the Detroit Free Press that he feels like the severity of the car accidents that happen at an intersection should also be considered when determining how dangerous an intersection is, pointing out that many of the accidents that happened at Pontiac Trail and M-5, the intersection with the most car accidents in 2015, only resulted in property damage.

Some safety experts also suspect the number of car accidents in Wayne County may be underreported. Since it’s estimated that about 50% of drivers in Detroit are driving without insurance, it’s believed that many car accidents that happen in the city of Detroit are not reported, which might explain why no Detroit intersections are included on this list.

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