Our list has the top 10 Detroit intersections with the most car accident injuries and deaths in 2013
Here’s our list for the intersections in Detroit that had the most car accident injuries and fatalities in 2013. Thank you to the Michigan State Police, which compiles the motor vehicle crash information from UD-10 police reports.
Please avoid the following intersections, if possible:
- Connor Street and Gratiot Avenue, 13 car accidents
- Greenfield Road and West 7 Mile Road, 12 car accidents
- Conant Street and East Davison Street, 9 car accidents
- East 7 Mile Road and Van Dyke Street, 9 car accidents
- Evergreen Road and Joy Road, 9 car accidents
- North M39 and Plymouth Road, 8 car accidents
- East I-94 and Mount Elliott Street, 7 car accidents
- Grand River Avenue and Lahser Road, 7 car accidents
- Greenfield Road and Joy Road, 7 car accidents
- Gratiot Avenue and McClellan Street, 7 car accidents
– Source: Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting System
As a Metro Detroit attorney, and one who writes a legal and safety blog and who focuses his own practice on helping people in car accidents, I end up writing often about driving in Detroit and related legal issues. The hit and run deaths in Detroit account for half the hit and runs in the entire state of Michigan. What makes the problem much worse in Detroit is the huge number of uninsured drivers, which causes many uninsured people to drive off instead of waiting for police. There are also slow emergency response times, including wait times of more than an hour for Detroit.
Police responding to a motor vehicle accident report is also a factor. I have many clients who, in exasperation, give up and then go to the police station, only to be turned away because an accident report wasn’t filed at the scene.
As for the crisis of uninsured drivers in Detroit, it is now estimated that over 50% of the drivers in the Motor City are driving without car insurance. I’ve called this a civil rights issue because the harsh consequences of driving without insurance – such as being barred from receiving any pain and suffering compensation for injuries caused by the at-fault driver, collecting No Fault insurance benefits and even a guaranteed constitutional right to a jury trial – mainly affect African American accident victims in the city.
In 2009, we reported on the Top 10 most dangerous Detroit intersections, but that data was based on all car accidents, the majority of which were fender benders.
Drive safe, Detroit.
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