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What are Washtenaw County’s worst intersections for 2014? 

Here are the places where you’re most likely to be involved in a car accident  in Washtenaw

Here’s our list of the worst intersections for people who live and work within Washtenaw County. Our attorneys create these lists using data provided by the Traffic Crash Reporting Unit of the Michigan State Police.

The first list below includes the worst intersections by total number of motor vehicle accidents. The second list includes those car accidents where an injury was reported to the investigating police officer, or where someone was killed.

While the first list with the total number of crashes is important, keep in mind that many involve relatively minor car accidents, or fender benders, where the forces involved in the collision are usually less severe.  This includes many roundabout intersections. This is the reason our attorneys also include a second list of crashes that involve injuries reported at the scene, or where fatalities occurred. 

Top 10 intersections for Washtenaw County car crashes involving vehicle damage

Rank Intersection Total Crashes
1 South State Road and West Ellsworth Road
Ann Arbor/Pittsfield Township
170
2 Hewitt Road and West Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti Township
47
3 Hogback Road and Wastenaw Avenue
Pittsfield Township
47
4 Platt Road and Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor
40
5 East Stadium Blvd. and Packard Street
Ann Arbor
40
6 Platt Road and East Michigan Avenue
Pittsfield Township
39
7 Carpenter Road and Packard Street
Pittsfield Township
37
8 Carpenter Road and East Ellsworth Road
Pittsfield Township
37
9 Golfside Drive and Washtenaw Avenue
Pittsfield Township
37
10 South Huron Parkway and Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor
36

Top 10 intersections for Washtenaw County car crashes involving injuries and fatalities only

Rank Intersection Total Crashes
1 Hewitt Road and West Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti Township
9
2 Platt Road and Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor
9
3 Carpenter Road and West Michigan Avenue
Pittsfield Township
8
4 Dorset Avenue and US-12
Ypsilanti Township
7
5 East Stadium Blvd. and Packard Street
Ann Arbor
7
6 East Michigan Avenue and Moon Road
Pittsfield Township
7
7 Laverne Street and US-12
Ypsilanti Township
7
8 Geddes Road and North Prospect Street
Superior Township
6
9 East Stadium Blvd. and South Main Street
Ann Arbor
6
10 Washtenaw Avenue and South University Avenue
Ann Arbor
6

Coming in at the No. 1 intersection for total crashes is the area of State and Ellsworth Roads, on the southern edge of Ann Arbor. We covered this new roundabout extensively in a past blog post and got a lot of feedback from local drivers. It’s also actually the worst intersection for car accidents in the entire state of Michigan. This new Ann Arbor roundabout, in close proximity to stores and restaurants, has resulted in an abnormally high number of accidents.

As with many roundabouts though, the number of injuries and fatalities at this intersection is minimal. State and Ellsworth didn’t even make the top 10 list for those types of accidents in Washtenaw County. People may not like roundabouts, but they’re designed to reduce injuries to occupants when motor vehicle accidents do occur.

We hope in 2015 to see this number decrease dramatically as drivers become acclimated to the roundabout and increased traffic – or as engineers and city officials revisit the design and effectiveness of this new roundabout.

Hewitt Road and West Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti Township tied with Platt Road and Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor for the No. 1 spot for accidents involving injury and/or fatalities in 2014.  Both areas had nine injury and fatality accidents last year. Hewitt and West Michigan Avenue also had the second- highest number of overall car crashes, with 47 total accidents in 2014. 

Please, use caution throughout all of these areas. And let our attorneys know what you think: Do you drive through these intersections? Why do you think these intersections are showing up on the list?

To learn more about local accident resources for this area, please visit our Ann Arbor Local Resources page.

 

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