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Where are the Grand Rapids intersections you’re most likely to be in a car accident?

Read our attorneys’ lists of the West Michigan areas with the most crashes

Today our attorneys are sharing the most dangerous intersections in Grand Rapids for our West Michigan clients, readers and friends. This data is based upon the latest motor vehicle accident statistics reported to the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit.

The first list below has the intersections where you’re most likely to be involved in a car accident. Most of these reported crashes are relatively low-impact “fender benders” where thankfully, no one was hurt. The culprits are often poorly timed traffic lights, traffic congestion or an area with limited location or roundabouts.

Our list second list has the intersections where an investigating police officer recorded an injury or death for at least one of the vehicle occupants involved in the automobile accident.

Top 10 Grand Rapids intersections for car accidents – Total including vehicle damage

Rank Intersection Total Crashes
1 28th Street Southeast and Kalamazoo Avenue Southeast 58
2 28th Street Southeast and Eastern Avenue Southeast 56
3 Michigan Street Northwest and Ottawa Avenue Northwest 47
4 28th Street Southeast and Breton Road Southeast 46
5 East Beltline Avenue Southeast and Woodland Drive Southeast 46
6 Michigan Street Northeast and Fuller Avenue Northeast 44
7 28th Street Southeast and Madison Avenue Southeast 36
8 28th Street Southeast and Lake Eastbrook Blvd. Southeast 31
9 Michigan Street Northeast and College Avenue Northeast 29
10 Fuller Avenue Northeast and Leonard Street Northeast 28

2014 Top 10 intersections for Grand Rapids car crashes – Injuries and fatalities only

Rank Intersection Total Crashes
1 28th Street Southeast and Eastern Avenue Southeast 17
2 28th Street Southeast and Breton Road Southeast 10
3 28th Street Southeast and Madison Avenue Southeast 10
4 Michigan Street Northeast and College Avenue Northeast 9
5 44th Street Southeast and Eastern Avenue Southeast 10
6 East Beltline Avenue Southeast and Lake Eastbrook Blvd. Southeast 9
7 44th Street Southeast and Kalamazoo Avenue Southeast 8
8 Franklin Street Southwest and North US-131 7
9 Burton Street Southeast and East Beltline Avenue Southeast 7
10 Leonard Street Northwest and Monroe Avenue Northwest 7

– Source: Michigan State Police – Traffic Crash Reporting Unit

Over the past few years that our attorneys have been collecting and reviewing this data, we always see 28th Street and 44th Street showing up consistently on the list. In 2014, things changed slightly as we saw less accidents along 44th Street and more along Michigan Street. In fact, eight out of the 10 highest crash intersections are located on either 28th Street or Michigan Street.

Last year, 28th Street Southeast and Eastern Avenue Southeast had the highest number of injury or fatality crashes. This area was also No. 7 in the entire state of Michigan for injury crashes.

Please continue exercising caution on these busy streets.

Our attorneys want to hear from you. Do you drive through these dangerous intersections during your daily commute? Give us your feedback.

For more local tips on this area, including how to obtain a copy of a police report, visit our Grand Rapids Local Resources page.

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