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Where are you most likely to have a car accident in Kalamazoo County, MI?

Our auto lawyers are sharing the places in Kalamazoo where you’re most at risk

Today, our attorneys are sharing new data on which intersections in Kalamazoo have the highest numbers of motor vehicle accidents.

You will see we’ve compiled two lists below. The first list covers the total number of car accidents in 2014 in Kalamazoo County. Please note that while total numbers of crashes are important, they can also be somewhat misleading. A higher number of the wrecks on the first list are low-speed fender benders, with fortunately little or no personal injury reported to investigating police officers at the scene.

The second list shows the auto accidents where an investigating police officer reported a serious injury or a death at the scene. Consider this list the one that shows the more dangerous accident locations, where cars are likely traveling at a higher velocity and the likelihood of suffering an injury is higher.

We would like to thank the Traffic Crash Reporting Unit of the Michigan State Police for their assistance in helping us compile this information.

Top 10 intersections for auto accidents in Kalamazoo County – total including vehicle damage 2014

Rank Intersection Total Crashes
1 Romence Road and South Westnedge Avenue
Portage
56
2 Howard Street and Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo
51
3 South Drake Road and West KL Avenue
Kalamazoo/Oshtemo Township
50
4 North Drake Road and West Main Street
Kalamazoo/Oshtemo Township
50
5 South 9th Street and Stadium Avenue
Oshtemo Township
43
6 Gull Road and South Riverview Drive
Kalamazoo
39
7 South Westnedge Avenue and West Kilgore Road
Kalamazoo/Portage
35
8 South Drake Road and Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo/Oshtemo Township
32
9 Gull Road and Sprinkle Road
Comstock Township
30
10 Howard Street and West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo
29

Top 10 intersections for auto accidents in Kalamazoo County – injuries and fatalities only 2014

Rank Intersection Total Crashes
1 Howard Street and Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo
10
2 Romence Road and South Westnedge Ave
Portage
10
3 South 9th Street and Stadium Avenue
Oshtemo Township
9
4 Sprinkle Road and East Michigan Avenue
Comstock Township
8
5 Sprinkle Road and East Main Street
Comstock Township
8
6 North Drake Road and West Main Street
Kalamazoo/Oshtemo Township
8
7 Gull Road and Sprinkle Road
Comstock Township
6
8 West Main Street and Maple Hill Drive
Oshtemo Township
6
9 South Drake Road and West KL Avenue
Kalamazoo/Oshtemo Township
6
10 South Westnedge Avenue and Howard Street
Kalamazoo
6

Source: Michigan State Police – Traffic Crash Reporting Unit

A new intersection took the title of first place this year, as the corner of Romence Road and South Westnedge Avenue in Portage, took the No. 1 spot with 56 total crashes in 2014. With busy shopping nearby, frequent crashes are going to be common in the area, but it was surprising to see the amount of accidents jump to that level from 30 crashes in 2013. Ten of the 56 crashes last year resulted in injury.

The 2013 highest car crash corner of Howard Street and Stadium Drive was close behind in second place, with 51 crashes overall.

Drake, Howard and Stadium Streets in Kalamazoo have shown up on these lists consistently through the years. The corner of Howard Street and Stadium Drive took first place for most injury/fatality accidents with 10 occurring there in 2014. Again, please use caution in these areas.

And please let our lawyers know how you feel – do you drive through these intersections? What do you think makes them so dangerous?

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

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