Take a look at our lawyers’ top 10 list of the most dangerous Kent County intersections where you’re most likely to be involved in a crash
Today our attorneys are sharing our list of the top 10 intersections in Kent County that had the most automobile accidents in 2015. We worked with the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, which collects police reports on motor vehicle accidents from local law enforcement.
Our hope is that by identifying which Kent County intersections had the most overall crashes, drivers can use extra caution when driving in these areas. This data includes any intersection that has a traffic signal, four-way stop or roundabout.
Please drive with extra care in the following West Michigan areas.
Top 10 Kent County intersections with the most reported automobile accidents in 2015
|1||US-131 and Wealthy Street*
|2||US-131 and Burton Street*
|3||28th Street and Breton Road
|4||28th Street and Eastern Avenue
|5||28th Street and East Paris Avenue
|6||28th Street and Broadboor/Beltline Avenue
|7||Beltline Avenue and I-96*
|8||28th Street and Kalamazoo Avenue
|9||I-196 and US-131*
|10||44th Street and Clyde Park Avenue
Source: Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit
*Includes accidents that occurred on turnarounds and on/off ramps to highways.
Before our lawyers discuss further details on some of the specific intersections, please keep in mind, the above list includes total automobile accidents. The list does not take into consideration the severity of personal injuries that are observed or reported to police, or motor vehicle fatalities.
We would like to sincerely thank the Michigan State Police for helping us obtain this important, potentially life-saving data for local area drivers.
No 1: US-131 and Wealthy Street – Grand Rapids
The Kent County intersection with the most automobile accidents in 2015 is a busy area with on/off ramps to US-131. When adding up all crashes, not only where Wealthy Street goes over the highway but also the entrance and exit ramps, there were a total of 69 auto accidents last year. This interchange also had the most injury accidents in the county last year, with 26 crashes.
No. 2: US-131 and Burton Street – Grand Rapids
Not far behind and just two miles south is the No. 2 intersection on the list with 66 auto accidents. Again, this number includes the on/off ramps to US-131, as well as crashes on Burton Street as it travels over the highway.
No. 3, 4 and 5: 28th Street and Breton Road/Eastern Avenue/East Paris Avenue – Grand Rapids/Kentwood
As you can see, 28th Street is the busiest major road in Grand Rapids, with lots of cars entering and exiting from numerous business driveways. It also consistently shows up on our top 10 list for car crashes every year. All three of these intersections had more than 50 accidents each and demonstrate how high speeds plus heavy traffic usually equals more auto accidents compared to other areas.
Converting this street into a divided highway may alleviate some of the injury crashes, but to date, there does not appear to be any plans to change the flow of traffic.
For additional resources, including ordering a police report and local law enforcement websites, take a look at our Grand Rapids Local Resource Center.
And please keep checking back as we continue our blog series on 2015 intersections with the most car accidents by county and larger cities throughout Michigan.