Our lawyers’ list of the top 10 intersections in Oakland County for total car accidents
Oakland County is the second-most populated county in Michigan, but it doesn’t take a backseat to any county when it comes to its share of auto accidents.
But what intersections in Oakland County have the highest number of car accidents? Our attorneys worked with the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, which collects motor vehicle accident reports from local law enforcement, to identify what Oakland County intersections had the most overall auto accidents in 2015. We would like to thank the MSP for their help in our quest to prevent these wrecks.
These include any intersection that has a traffic signal, four-way stop or roundabout. Please keep in mind, this list includes total crashes (meaning most are low-impact, fender benders) and does not take into consideration injuries or fatalities. Check out the list below to see if you drive through any of these areas:
Top 10 list of Oakland County intersections for car accidents in 2015
|1||Pontiac Trail and M-5/Martin Parkway
|2||Telegraph Road and12 Mile Road
|3||I-75 and Big Beaver Road
|4||Southfield Road and 11 Mile Road
|5||Orchard Lake Road and Maple Road
|6||Big Beaver Road and Rochester Road
|7||Farmington Road and Maple Road
|8||Adams Road and Walton Boulevard
|9||Farmington Road and 14 Mile Road
Farmington Hills/West Bloomfield
|10||Telegraph Road and Square Lake Road
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.
No 1: Pontiac Trail and M-5/Martin Parkway – Commerce Township
The intersection with the most overall car crashes in 2015 is also the largest roundabout in Oakland County (last week, our attorneys reviewed the worst roundabouts in Michigan). Pontiac Trail and M-5/Martin Parkway saw a significant increase in traffic volume in 2015, when nearby Haggerty Road was closed all summer from Pontiac Trail to Richardson Road for construction. This resulted in considerably heavier traffic, as vehicles used the M-5 roundabout as a detour. I’ve written quite a bit about roundabouts, and whether they’re considered more or less safe than traditional intersections governed by traffic lights. The good news here with the Pontiac Trail and M-5 roundabout in Commerce Township is there were only 18 overall reported injuries – a much lower number of injuries than the more “traditional” traffic light intersections on this list. We expect these numbers to go down in 2016, as past years have shown this intersection typically sees about 100 car crashes each year.
No. 2: Telegraph and 12 Mile Road – Southfield
Second on the list is another busy intersection where local businesses in Southfield just north of the “mixing bowl” attract big numbers of motorists. When aggregating all car accidents in the area, including those occurring on the turnarounds both north and south of the intersection, the numbers were consistent with 132 crashes in each of the past two years. Telegraph has always been a particularly busy high speed road in Oakland County, and this location has more traffic than most areas.
No. 3: Big Beaver Road and I-75 – Troy
Anyone who has worked in Troy or visited Somerset Mall, or who just happens to be around Big Beaver Road and I-75 around rush hour already knows how congested this area can be, as the on/off ramps to this busy freeway handle lots of vehicles. This intersection is also very close to the road segment with the most crashes along I-75 in the state, totaling 51 car accidents last year on Southbound I-75 between Maple and Rochester Roads. Please take a look at our blog post for more information on the stretches of I-75 with the most crashes.
No. 4: Southfield Road and 11 Mile Road – Lathrup Village
What makes this particular area more dangerous than others along Southfield Road is busy I-696 with on and off ramps adding to the traffic that already travels along both roads. There were a total of 102 car accidents at this intersection in 2015.
No. 5: Orchard Lake Road and Maple Road – West Bloomfield
This intersection is the only one on the top 10 list that had a fatality last year. Ironically, two of our own attorneys also litigated and resolved very serious car accidents that both occurred at this intersection of Orchard Lake Road and Maple Road in West Bloomfield last year. Of the 92 total automobile accidents in 2015, 31 of them resulted in injury. The area along busy Orchard Lake Road usually places high on the list for crashes annually. Please look out for the dreaded orange barrels this summer, 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.
Our attorneys would also like to note that two other intersections on the top 10 list were also roundabouts – Farmington Road at both Maple and 14 Mile Road. Michigan has more roundabouts than any other state in the U.S. So please use caution as drivers get used to these new intersection formats throughout Oakland County and learn how to navigate them safely.
Check out our new Roundabout Resource Center for an interactive map that shows all existing and proposed roundabouts in the state, as well as advice and safety tips for drivers. And please keep checking back as our attorneys continue our blog series on the intersections with the most car accidents in 2015 (by county and larger cities throughout Michigan) this spring and summer.
Do you drive through any of these intersections in your daily commute? Why do you think there are so many accidents?