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Here are the areas in Grand Traverse County where you’re most likely to be in a car crash

Our attorneys’ top 10 list of the Grand Traverse County roads with the most car accidents in 2015

Michigan Auto Law is sharing a list of the roads and intersections in Grand Traverse County that had the most car crashes last year. Our attorneys worked with and would like to thank the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, which collects motor vehicle accident reports from local law enforcement, and who helped us to identify the streets in Traverse City and Grand Traverse County that had the most overall automobile accidents in 2015. The areas include any intersection that has a traffic signal, four-way stop or roundabout.

For Grand Traverse County drivers, we hope that you will use extra caution and drive defensively through the following areas.

Top 10 Grand Traverse County intersections with the most car accidents in 2015

Rank Intersection Total Crashes
1 South Airport Road and US-31
Garfield Township
2 South Airport Road and Garfield Road
Garfield Township
3 Division Street (US-31) and Silver Lake Road
Traverse City
4 3 Mile Road and US-31
East Bay Township
5 Hammond Road and Garfield Road
Garfield Township
6 4 Mile Road and US-31
East Bay Township
7 South Airport Road and Cass Road
Garfield Township
8 South Airport Road and Barlow Street/La Franier Road
Garfield Township
9 Beitner Road and M-37 (Chums Corner)
Blair Township
10 Division Street and Front Street
Traverse City

Source:  Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit

Before our lawyers discuss some of the specific intersections below, please note that the the above list includes “total motor vehicle accidents” – meaning the combined total of property-damage-only, injury and fatality automobile accidents.

Michigan Auto Law sincerely thanks the Michigan State Police for its help in compiling this information, and with helping our attorneys spread our traffic safety message.

No. 1: South Airport Road and US-31 – Garfield Township

The Grand Traverse County intersection with the most car crashes in 2015 is a busy retail and restaurant area along US Highway 31. Unfortunately, the intersection experienced a spike in total crashes between 2014 and 2015, jumping from 49 to 62 car accidents year to year. This is also the third straight year in a row that the intersection has held the No. 1 spot for total car crashes in this county. To make matters worse, the intersection had the third-highest number of winter car crashes in the entire state over the past five years. Please use caution through this area at all times of the year.

No. 2: South Airport Road and Garfield Road – Garfield Township

Another busy area along South Airport Road maintains its No. 2 spot on the list in both 2014 and 2015 with 45 car accidents. Unfortunately, this intersection also had the highest amount of injury accidents in the county, with 18 occurring there last year.

No. 3: Division Street (US-31) and Silver Lake Road – Traverse City

The No. 3 intersection on the list also had 45 car accidents in 2015. But there were fewer injuries, with eight out of the 45 total crashes resulting in reported injuries.  This is another busy area, with traffic coming to and from downtown Traverse City adding to the risks.

For additional local resources including how to order a police report, you can visit the Traverse City Local Resource Center.

And please let us know your thoughts. Do you drive through any of these Grand Traverse intersections? Why do you think they have so many car accidents?

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