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Here are the most likely places for car accidents in Grand Traverse County, Michigan

Beware of these Grand Traverse intersections that have the highest number of crashes, including those with the most fender benders and injuries

Now is the time of year when people who live in Traverse City remember why they live in Traverse City. It is beautiful. And Traverse City is one of the busiest spots in Northern Michigan during the summers. While this typically brings lots of people seeking relaxation and fun in the sun, it also means more traffic and, unfortunately, more car accidents and fender-benders.

That’s why today, our attorneys are sharing the newest reported traffic crash data for Grand Traverse County.

Our attorneys obtained this data from the Traffic Crash Reporting Unit of the Michigan State Police, and we thank them for their assistance.  You will see two lists below. One is for total car accidents in 2014 (keep in mind that many of these are relatively low-impact fender-benders with no injuries reported).

The second list is for the most dangerous Grand Traverse areas where both a car accident occurred and where an injury or fatality was reported to an investigating police officer.

2014 Top 10 Grand Traverse County intersections for total car crashes, including vehicle damage

Rank Intersection Total Crashes
1 US-31 and West South Airport Road
Garfield Township
49
2 East South Airport Road and North Garfield Road
Garfield Township
46
3 3 Mile Road and US-31
East Bay Township
41
4 South Division Street and Silver Lake Road
Traverse City
35
5 Beitner Road and M-37
Blair Township
31
6 Cass Road and West South Airport Road
Garfield Township
29
7 Barlow/Lafranier Road and West South Airport Road
Garfield Township
26
8 East Front Street and South Garfield Avenue
Traverse City
22
9 Park Drive and West South Airport Road
Garfield Township
22
10 North 4 Mile Road and US-31
East Bay Township
22

2014 Top 10 intersections for Grand Traverse County car accidents involving injuries and fatalities only

Rank Intersection Total Crashes
1 Cass Road and West South Airport Road
Garfield Township
7
2 US-31 and North 4 Mile Road
East Bay Township
7
3 Hammond Road East and 3 Mile Road
East Bay Township
6
4 South Division Street and Silver Lake Road
Traverse City
6
5 East South Airport Road and Garfield Road
Garfield Township
6
6 US-31 and West South Airport Road
Garfield Township
6
7 3 Mile Road and US-31
East Bay Township
5
8 E Main Street and South Brownson Avenue
Kingsley
4
9 S Garfield Avenue and Hannah Avenue
Traverse City
4
10 North Division Street and Randolph Street
Traverse City
4

Source:   Michigan State Police – Traffic Crash Reporting Unit

US-31 (Division) and West South Airport Road in Garfield Township holds onto its No. 1 spot with 49 total motor vehicle crashes in 2014.  This intersection also had the most car accidents in Grand Traverse County in 2013.

In fact, half of the top 10 intersections for overall crashes are along Airport Road, between Garfield and US-31/Division Street. With so much retail and limited east/west roads to get from one side of town to the other, this very busy stretch warrants caution by all area drivers.

We also had two intersections tie for most injuries and fatalities, with Cass Road and West South Airport Road as well as US-31 and North 4 Mile Road. Each had seven car accidents in 2014. Again, please use caution when driving through these areas.

Our lawyers want to hear from you. Do you drive through these intersections?  What do you think makes them so dangerous? Let us know by leaving a comment below or on our Michigan Auto Law Facebook page.

To learn more about local accident resources in this area, please take a look at our Traverse City Local Resources page.

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