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Michigan intersections with the most 2016 car crash injuries

Oakland, Wayne, Macomb locations place high among intersections that saw double-digit car crash injuries in 2016

#1 Pontiac Lake Rd. & Highland Rd. (M-59), Waterford Twp., 42 injuries

#1 Pontiac Lake Rd. & Highland Rd. (M-59), Waterford Twp., 42 injuries

With a total of 77 crashes here, 55% of those resulted in car crash injuries — a much higher figure than the Michigan intersection average of 25%.

#2 Michigan Ave. (U.S. 12) & Miller Rd., Dearborn, 41 injuries

#2 Michigan Ave. (U.S. 12) & Miller Rd., Dearborn, 41 injuries

While the overall accident rate here has remained stable over the years, the number of those that resulted in injuries has grown from 28 in 2015 to 41 in 2016.

#3 Merriman & Van Born roads, Romulus/Wayne, 53 injuries

#3 Merriman & Van Born roads, Romulus/Wayne, 53 injuries

This area near I-94 and Detroit Metro Airport sees heavy commercial traffic and a 50 mph speed limit on Van Born. With many local shipping and industrial businesses, this intersection sees more trucks than other busy areas

#4 Van Dyke Ave. & 11 Mile Rd. (I-696), Center Line/Warren, 37 injuries

#4 Van Dyke Ave. & 11 Mile Rd. (I-696), Center Line/Warren, 37 injuries

This intersection also takes the No. 2 spot on our overall car crash list with 158 accidents.

#5 I-94 & Moross Rd., Detroit, 34 injuries

#5 I-94 & Moross Rd., Detroit, 34 injuries

Moross is one of the busiest roads on Detroit’s east side, as it sees motorists coming from the Grosse Pointe communities as well as Detroit itself.

#6 Dix Ave. & Southfield Rd. (M-39), Lincoln Park,  33 injuries

#6 Dix Ave. & Southfield Rd. (M-39), Lincoln Park, 33 injuries

This Downriver intersection is in a heavily populated area of Lincoln Park, with the equally filled city of Allen Park close by.

#7 Beckley Rd. & M-66, Battle Creek, 32 injuries

#7 Beckley Rd. & M-66, Battle Creek, 32 injuries

The four corners of this intersection — the only one on our list that’s outside the Metro Detroit area — have big-box store clusters and a shopping mall.

#8 I-75/M-59 Interchange, Auburn Hills, 31 injuries

#8 I-75/M-59 Interchange, Auburn Hills, 31 injuries

The four exit ramps at this intersection are cloverleaf style, which means drivers who enter or exit either of these two busy freeways are given limited clearance for merging.

#9 Telegraph Rd. (U.S. 24) & 12 Mile Rd., Southfield,  30 injuries

#9 Telegraph Rd. (U.S. 24) & 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, 30 injuries

Telegraph is one of Metro Detroit’s most heavily traveled roads. Each day, this intersection finds thousands of commuters trying to get to or from the “Mixing Bowl” of Northwestern Highway and I-696.

#10 Ford Rd. (M-153) & Mercury Dr., Dearborn, 30 injuries

#10 Ford Rd. (M-153) & Mercury Dr., Dearborn, 30 injuries

This intersection has traffic coming from an assortment of places, among them big-box retailers, hotels, buildings within the Ford Motor Co. office complex, and Dearborn residential streets.

Last week, our attorneys shared the top 20 most dangerous intersections for 2016, listing the areas with the highest overall car crash rates. We now highlight intersections that in 2016 had the most reported car crash injuries.

As attorneys who handle car crash cases, we care about the safety and well-being of Michigan drivers. That’s why we aim to raise awareness and prevent accidents by letting you know each year what Michigan intersections see the highest amount of injuries.

Visit our new Michigan Dangerous Intersections page for a complete list of intersection car crashes that can be searched by any Michigan city or county, and our list of Michigan’s 2016 Top 20 Most Dangerous Intersections.

A few other things to note:

  • As with overall crashes, we again see most intersections on the top 10 list are limited to the highly populated southeast Michigan region.
  • Though roundabout intersections showed up on the top 20 total crash list we published last week, none had enough injuries to break into this year’s injury list. This demonstrates why many traffic safety experts recommend changing accident-prone intersections into roundabouts.

Please continue checking back as we highlight intersections with the most car accidents in 2016 by county and larger cities throughout Michigan. And let us know: Do you drive through any of these intersections in your daily commute? Why do you think these areas are so dangerous?

Top 10 Michigan intersections* with the most car crash injuries in 2016

Rank Intersection Injury Crashes
1 Highland Road/M-59 @ Pontiac Lake Road
Waterford Township, Oakland County
42
2 Michigan Avenue/U.S. 12 @ Miller Road
Dearborn, Wayne County
41
3 Merriman Road @ Van Born Road
Romulus/Wayne, Wayne County
38
4 11 Mile Road/I-696 @ Van Dyke Avenue/M-53
Warren/Center Line, Macomb County
37
5 I-94 @ Moross Road
Detroit, Wayne County
34
6 Dix Avenue @ Southfield Road/M-39
Lincoln Park, Wayne County
33
7 Beckley Road @ M-66
Battle Creek, Calhoun County
32
8 I-75 @ M-59 Interchange
Auburn Hills, Oakland County
31
9 Telegraph Road/U.S. 24 @ 12 Mile Road
Southfield, Oakland County
30
10 Ford Road/M-153 @ Mercury Drive
Dearborn, Wayne County
30

Source: Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit
Note: 2016 data is still considered preliminary. These include locations of any accident that occurred within 250 feet of an intersection, such as turnarounds and on/off ramps to highways.

No. 1 among car crash injuries: Pontiac Lake Road and Highland Road (M-59), Waterford Township, 42 injuries

With a total of 77 crashes here, 55% of those resulted in injuries — a much higher figure than the Michigan intersection average of 25%. In addition, the number of both total and injury crashes has increased over time, from 59 (total) and 20 (injury) in 2015, to 77 (total) and 42 (injury) in 2016 — more than double the amount of year-to-year injury crashes. Use caution, as a slight M-59 curve makes seeing oncoming traffic more difficult.

No. 2 among car crash injuries: Michigan Avenue (U.S. 12) and Miller Road, Dearborn, Wayne County, 41 injuries

While the overall accident rate here has remained stable over the years, the number of those that resulted in injuries has grown from 28 in 2015 to 41 in 2016. Some reasons why this intersection may be dangerous include an elevated railroad track that limits the driver’s field of vision; no left-turn arrows; and its location west of a major freeway interchange — I-94 and Michigan Avenue — that contributes to heavy traffic.

No. 3 among car crash injuries: Merriman and Van Born roads, Romulus/Wayne, Wayne County, 53 injuries

This area near I-94 and Detroit Metro Airport sees heavy commercial traffic and a 50 mph speed limit on Van Born. With many local shipping and industrial businesses, this intersection sees more trucks than other busy areas. More concerning, this intersection was No. 2 on the 2015 list, and the total car crash numbers went up from 43 in 2015 to 53 in 2016 — over 70% of which resulted in injury.

No. 4 among car crash injuries: Van Dyke Avenue and 11 Mile Road (I-696), Center Line/Warren, Macomb County, 158 accidents

This intersection also takes the No. 2 spot on our overall car crash list with 158 accidents. With freeway on/off ramps and merging traffic, the busy I-696 traffic flows under a heavily traveled stretch of a north/south connector between the city of Detroit and the northeast suburbs.

No. 5 among car crash injuries: I-94 and Moross Road, Detroit, Wayne County, 34 injuries

Moross is one of the busiest roads on Detroit’s east side, as it sees motorists coming from the Grosse Pointe communities as well as Detroit itself. In addition, Harper Avenue acts as the service drive for both sides of I-94 in this section, contributing to merge-related accidents.

No. 6 among car crash injuries: Dix Avenue and Southfield Road (M-39), Lincoln Park, Wayne County, 33 injuries

This Downriver intersection is in a heavily populated area of Lincoln Park, with the equally filled city of Allen Park close by. In addition, both Dix and Southfield have interchanges with I-75 a short distance away.

No. 7 among car crash injuries: Beckley Road and M-66, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, 32 injuries

The four corners of this intersection — the only one on our list that’s outside the Metro Detroit area — have big-box store clusters and a shopping mall. In addition to this intersection being near I-94, this is the point where M-66 changes from a road with traffic-light intersections to a freeway (I-194).

No. 8 among car crash injuries: I-75/M-59 Interchange, Auburn Hills, Oakland County, 31 injuries

The four exit ramps at this intersection are cloverleaf style, which means drivers who enter or exit either of these two busy freeways are given limited clearance for merging. This intersection becomes even more hazardous given that many trucks and big rigs need to use this intersection to get to area auto suppliers and industrial complexes.

No. 9 among car crash injuries: Telegraph Road/U.S. 24 and 12 Mile Road, Southfield, Oakland County, 30 injuries

Telegraph is one of Metro Detroit’s most heavily traveled roads. Each day, this intersection finds thousands of commuters trying to get to or from the “Mixing Bowl” of Northwestern Highway and I-696. Also, several big-box stores and car dealerships are set up in the area, with a Northwestern Highway service drive being one of just a few access points from Telegraph to them.

No. 10 among car crash injuries: Ford Road/M-153 and Mercury Drive, Dearborn, Wayne County, 30 injuries

This intersection has traffic coming from an assortment of places, among them big-box retailers, hotels, buildings within the Ford Motor Co. office complex, and Dearborn residential streets. It’s also near the Southfield Freeway (M-39) and Greenfield Road.

 

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