Beware of Ford and Haggerty Road in Canton, with 95 automobile accidents in 2013 – more than any other intersection in Southeast Michigan
Today we’re covering my top 10 most dangerous intersections in Wayne County, Michigan. I’m defining “dangerous” by the number of car crashes that have occurred at these intersections in 2013.
The data comes from the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting System, and is based upon the most recent motor vehicle crash statistics just released for 2013.
Try to avoid these dangerous intersections, if possible:
- Ford Road and Haggerty Road, Canton Township, 95 car accidents
- Ann Arbor Road and South Sheldon Road, Plymouth, 62 car accidents
- Ford Road and Lilley Road, Canton Township, 57 car accidents
- Ford Road and North Beech Daly Road, Dearborn Heights, 57 car accidents
- Ford Road and Middlebelt Road, Garden City, 50 car accidents
- Telegraph Road and West Road, Brownstown Township, 50 car accidents
- Ford Road and North Wayne Road, Westland, 50 car accidents
- Canton Center Road and Ford Road, Canton Township, 47 car accidents
- Cherry Hill Road and South Wayne Road, Westland, 47 car accidents
- Ford Road and Merriman Road, Garden City, 45 car accidents
Where is Detroit?
When people think of Wayne County, they think Detroit. So you may be surprised that there are no Detroit intersections on my list. But no intersection in Detroit made the top 10. I suspect one reason that there aren’t more car accidents found in Detroit is due to the prevalence of hit and run accidents due to uninsured drivers, which is consistent with what I’ve seen in my own law practice helping many people who are hurt by hit and run drivers. And with over 50% of the drivers in Detroit driving uninsured, the number of crashes in Detroit are likely being under-reported. Stay tuned for a blog post with the most dangerous intersections in Detroit, coming soon.
What is going on with Ford Road and Haggerty Road in Canton Township
Once again, the busy traffic area of Ford and Haggerty Roads in Canton Township claims my top spot for the most accidents. This intersection also has the rather dangerous distinction of having more car accidents than any other intersection in all of southeast Michigan.
I’m an attorney, not a traffic engineer, but it would seem that it is time to take a hard look at the traffic flow and ways to make this area more safe. Of course, now that defective road design cases are no longer a viable legal claim that accident victims and attorneys can bring in Michigan, a big impetus for state and local governments to address dangerous roads has now gone away, too.
The public policy does not bode well when you have the same intersection claiming the top spot year after year, and nothing being done to make it safer for the people and families that drive through this area.
One other thing I noticed is that the total number of motor vehicle accidents went up in 2013. Crash numbers had been dropping in prior years. So what is being done to address this problem?
Well, there is some good news. According to a January 2014 article from the Michigan Department of Transportation, a $5 million grant has been awarded for paving Lotz Road from Ford Road to Cherry Hill Road to improve traffic flow and safety. A second phase is planned for $1.8 million in Ford Road improvements from west of Haggerty Road to Lotz Road. Both of these are expected to begin in 2015.
For our readers who live in Wayne County, what do you think of this list? Is there a dangerous intersection you would like to see listed? Join the discussion by commenting below or on our Michigan Auto Law Facebook page.
(Note: these numbers for 2013 may not yet include all data from all townships and all policing agencies as of publication.)