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What Detroit roads and intersections are the most dangerous?

Our attorneys’ list of the top 10 areas in Detroit where you are most likely to be involved in an automobile accident

We would first like to thank the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, which collects motor vehicle accident reports and data from local Detroit law enforcement and helped our attorneys identify what City of Detroit intersections had the highest number of reported car accidents in 2015.

Detroit certainly sees its share of automobile accidents. It is the most populated city in the state and, thus, sees a great many motor vehicle accidents. It also has a No Fault auto insurance crisis, resulting in sky-high auto No-Fault rates for residents of the Motor City and its many unsolved hit and run car accidents.

Given these serious driving safety issues, as well as the congested traffic and ongoing construction this summer, our attorneys want area drivers to be aware of what roads and intersections had the highest numbers of reported car accidents in 2015.

Please take caution in the following areas:

Top 10 intersections with the most car accident in Detroit – 2015

Rank Intersection Total Crashes
1 Joy Road and M-39 Southfield Freeway* 45
2 Jefferson Avenue and Randolph Street 43
3 Jefferson Avenue and Beaubien Street 40
4 Greenfield Road and West McNichols Road 37
5 Conner and Gratiot Avenue 36
6 Linwood Street and Davison Street 36
7 Mack Avenue and Woodward Avenue 33
8 Schaefer Highway and West McNichols Road 30
9 7 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue 29
10 Grand River Avenue and Lahser Road 29

Source: Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit.
*Includes all on/off ramps

It’s important to keep in mind (and we’re sorry if this makes us sound like lawyers) that the above list includes total numbers of car crashes – meaning it encompasses the combined total of property-damage-only, injury car accidents and fatality crashes. Many of these crashes are low-impact fender benders, with little or no personal injuries.

No. 1: Joy Road and M-39 Southfield Freeway

When including all crashes that occurred on Joy Road above the freeway, as well as the on/off ramps to M-39, the interchange had 45 crashes last year. As our lawyers analyze high-crash intersections throughout southeast Michigan, we always see interchanges show up as on these lists as commercial trucks, varying speeds on the freeway ramps and merging traffic result in more accidents. Add the orange construction barrels scattered throughout the area in 2015 and this top spot comes as no surprise.

Nos. 2 and 3: Jefferson Avenue and Randolph and Beaubien Streets

The next two intersections on the list are both situated downtown amongst some of the busiest areas in the city. As the Lodge Freeway traffic merges onto Jefferson Avenue, these intersections become congested on each corner of the Renaissance Center. Add pedestrian traffic, convention visitors and GM commuters to the mix and the result is a higher amount of accidents than most other intersections throughout the city. Please caution as always in the area, especially if you’re walking downtown.

Many of our readers who review our annual blog highlighting the Top 20 intersections with the most car accidents in Michigan are surprised to see that none of the top Michigan high-crash intersections are in the city of Detroit. This has been the case for years and is likely due to several factors, including under-reported crashes, lower traffic volumes, and lower speed limits in more urban areas.

We’d like to hear from you: Do you drive through any of these Detroit intersections in your daily commute? Why do you think there are so many accidents?


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