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What intersections had the most injury car crashes in Michigan last year?

Here are the top 10 Michigan intersections with the most car accidents involving serious injuries

There’s a big difference between a reported car accident involving a minor fender-bender and a crash where someone was injured or killed. This is why as an attorney, I always urge caution when looking at overall crash numbers. It’s those serious injury accidents that we hope state and local officials are looking at to determine if roads are unreasonably dangerous or may have a serious design defects. These are sadly the cases that bring people into our law office and unfortunately, we often see firsthand the long-term catastrophic affects these injuries have on people in the cases we litigate. Our hope is to raise awareness and prevent automobile accidents by sharing the roads and intersections throughout Michigan that have had the most car accidents and injuries in the state.

Last week, our attorneys shared the top 20 intersections in Michigan with the most overall car accidents. We now want to highlight the intersections that had the most reported car accidents involving injuries in 2015.

Our lawyers would like to thank the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, which collects car accident reports from local law enforcement. This list includes any intersection that has a traffic signal, four-way stop or roundabout.

Top 10 Michigan intersections* with the most car accident injuries in 2015

Rank Intersection Injury Crashes
1 Hall Road and Romeo Plank Road
Clinton Township/Macomb, Macomb County
2 Merriman Road and Van Born Road
Romulus/Wayne, Wayne County
3 Ford Road and Haggerty Road
Canton Township, Wayne County
4 Groesbeck Highway and Utica Road
Fraser, Macomb County
5 Orchard Lake Road and Maple Road
West Bloomfield Township, Oakland County
6 Orchard Lake Road and 13 Mile Road
Farmington Hills, Oakland County
7 Garfield Road and Hall Road
Clinton Township/Macomb, Macomb County
8 21 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue
Chesterfield Township, Macomb County
9 Michigan Avenue and Miller Road
Dearborn, Wayne County
10 11 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue
Warren/Center Line, Macomb County

– Source: Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit

– Note: 2015 data is still considered preliminary

*Intersections include any accident that occurred within 250 of any intersection including turnarounds and on/off ramps to highways.

1: Romeo Plank and Hall (M-59) Road – Clinton Township/Macomb

The intersection with the most reported injury accidents in the state for 2015 was a busy area along Hall Road, also known as M-59. With WalMart and numerous other retailers in this area, coupled with a 50 mph speed limit along both roads, the intersection had 42 injuries last year – the highest of any intersection in the state. With a total of 94 crashes at this intersection, including those with vehicle damage only, that means 45% of those resulted in injuries – a much higher figure than the average of 25% we see for Michigan intersections. This area is also only a few miles from last year’s top intersection for injury accidents – Cass Avenue and Groesbeck Highway.

2: Merriman and Van Born Road – Romulus/Wayne

Second on the list is an area near I-94 and Detroit Metro Airport where commercial traffic is heavy and the speed limits along Van Born are 50 mph. With many local shipping and industrial businesses, this intersection gets a higher amount of trucks than other busy areas. More concerning is that of the 43 total crashes last year, 39 of them involved injuries and even one fatality. That’s a significant portion of accidents that makes this intersection truly dangerous.

3: Ford Road and Haggerty Road – Canton

This area has consistently had some of the highest numbers of overall and injury accidents in the state over the past five years. Road segments along Ford Road in this area also have the highest number of overall crashes in the entire state in 2015. Unfortunately, construction projects to alleviate the congestion in the area are likely still years away. In the meantime, please use caution driving on Ford Road between Lilley and I-275, especially on weekends and during rush hour.

4. Groesbeck Highway and Utica Road – Fraser

What possibly makes this intersection more prone to injuries is its “X” shape instead of the usual “T” shape, as well as the fact that the area is so close to 13 Mile Road. Like our No. 1 intersection above, this one also has almost half of total crashes resulting in injury. And like many other roads on this list, Groesbeck Highway is a busy stretch with traffic exceeding the 45 mph speed limit.

5: Orchard Lake Road and Maple Road – West Bloomfield

This intersection is one of the three on the top 10 list that had a fatality last year. With 31 injuries, the area along busy Orchard Lake Road usually places high on the list for crashes each year. This summer though, watch for the dreaded orange barrels as construction of dual left-turn lanes at the intersection begins, along with the addition of a right-turn lane. Hopefully some of these changes will reduce the injuries that occur here.

A few other things to note on the remaining intersections on this list:

  • As with overall crashes, we again see intersections on the top 20 list limited to the highly populated southeast Michigan region. Keep monitoring our blog series, as we will cover total and injury crashes for other counties beyond southeast Michigan.
  • Roundabout intersections showed up on the top 20 total crash list we published last week, yet none had enough injuries to break into even the top 50 for the state. This demonstrates the reason why many traffic safety experts recommend changing certain intersections with known accident problems into roundabouts. While difficult for some drivers to get used to, these new intersection types slow down traffic and dramatically reduce the number of serious injury and fatality accidents.

Please continue checking back as we begin our blog series this spring on the intersections with the most car accidents in 2015 by county and larger cities throughout Michigan.

Our attorneys want to know: Do you drive through any of these intersections in your daily commute? Why do you think these areas are so dangerous?

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