I’ve been receiving a lot of great feedback after writing about the most dangerous intersections for car accidents in Wayne County. Today I want to delve a little deeper. After reviewing 2014 data from the Michigan State Police on high crash intersections and roads in Wayne County, our attorneys recognized the same familiar area in the top spot — Ford Road in Canton.
So we went back over the past five years of data and found that Ford Road has repeated this rather dubious honor quite often:
2014 – Ford and Haggerty Road intersection
- No. 1 intersection in Wayne County for total car crashes
- No. 3 intersection in Michigan for total car crashes
- No. 2 intersection in Michigan for injury/fatality only car crashes
2013 – Ford Road between Lilley and Haggerty Roads
- No. 1 road segment in Southeast Michigan and Wayne County for total car crashes
Ford Road between Lilley and Haggerty holds the top spot for most motor vehicle accidents in all of Southeast Michigan for the past five years. The Haggerty and Ford Road intersection is also consistently in the top three for car crashes each year across the southeast Michigan region.
So we have to ask: Why does this area remain such an issue and why are there so many auto accidents occurring here in metro Detroit?
Is it the high traffic volumes? Poor layout of traffic signals and lane markings? Confusing signs?
An even better question to ask is this: What’s being done to fix this problem and make this area safer?
There is some good news.
Our attorneys did some investigating and discovered that (while it’s a slow process) Canton Township, Wayne County and MDOT are working together to improve these roads and offer some long overdue changes to reduce the number of crashes. A long-term project to convert Ford Road into a boulevard is on hold for now due to funding issues, but smaller, short-term fixes are underway this summer. These include having a continuous third lane on westbound Ford from Lotz to Lilley and lengthening turn lanes near the I-275 and Ford Road interchange.
Here’s an article in the Detroit Free Press that outlines the changes coming to the Canton interchange this summer. And here’s another about funding for these projects as well as the status of turning Ford Road into a boulevard.
We’d like to hear from our readers: If you travel through this area consistently, what changes do you think would help decrease the number of car crashes? Share your thoughts by making a comment below or on our Michigan Auto Law Facebook page.
To read more about the Canton area, including how to obtain a copy of a police report, visit our Canton car accident resource center.