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What Kalamazoo County intersections had the most car accidents last year?

Take a look at our attorneys’ list of the 10 most dangerous intersections in Kalamazoo in 2015

Our attorneys worked and would like to thank the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, which collects motor vehicle accident police reports from local law enforcement, to help us identify what Kalamazoo County roads and intersections had the most car accidents  in 2015. These include any intersection that has a traffic signal, four-way stop or roundabout.

Please use extra caution in the following areas:

Top 10 Kalamazoo County intersections with the most car accidents in 2015

Rank Intersection Total Crashes
1 Drake Road and West KL Avenue
Kalamazoo/Oshtemo Township
2 I-94 and Sprinkle Road*
Kalamazoo/Oshtemo Township
3 Howard Street and Stadium Drive
4 Drake Road and Main Street
Kalamazoo/Oshtemo Township
5 9th Street and Stadium Avenue
Oshtemo Township
6 Maple Hill Drive and Main Street
Oshtemo Township
7 Milham Avenue and Westnedge Avenue
8 Romence Parkway and Westnedge Avenue
9 Drake Road and Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo/Oshtemo Township
10 Gull Road and Riverview Drive

Source:  Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit
*Includes all crashes that occurred over the freeway as well as the on/off ramps.

Before our lawyers take a closer look into some of the specific areas, keep in mind  that this list includes total number of motor vehicle accidents.  This includes all car crashes – including property-damage-only, no personal injury reported, injury reported, and fatality crashes. Thankfully, most of these car accidents are low-impact with no or minor injuries reported to police at the scene.

No. 1:  Drake Road and West KL Avenue – Kalamazoo/Oshtemo Township

The Kalamazoo County intersection with the most car accidents in 2015 is a busy area west of town. Unfortunately, the intersection saw a spike in total crashes between 2014 and 2015, jumping from 50 to 65 crashes year to year.

No. 2: I-94 and Sprinkle Road* – Kalamazoo/Comstock Township

This interchange got a lot of media attention last year, as the area was under construction during the summer to convert the on/off ramps into two roundabouts. Given that Sprinkle Road had only one lane open in each direction between Cork Street and MidLink Drive during construction, accidents were bound to occur.  In 2016, not only will local drivers likely encounter less congestion with these new roundabouts, but there will likely also be fewer crashes as motorists get used to navigating them. Visit our Roundabout Resource Center to learn where new roundabouts are popping up throughout the state.

No 3: Howard Street and Stadium Drive – Kalamazoo

Another busy area borders the Western Michigan campus with plenty of traffic where Stadium Drive eventually turns into Michigan Avenue. Use caution in this area, as the combination of a high school and college campus brings plenty of pedestrian traffic.For additional local resources, including ordering a police report and local law enforcement websites, take a look at our Kalamazoo Local Resource Center.

Do you drive through any of these intersections in your daily commute? Why do you think there are so many automobile accidents?

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