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What are Kent County’s most dangerous intersections?

Here are the top 10 places in West Michigan where you are most likely to be involved in a car accident. Six of these most dangerous intersections are along just one road!

#1 Car Crash Intersection: U.S. 131/Wealthy Street Interchange, Grand Rapids, 87 car crashes, 13 injuries

#1 Car Crash Intersection: U.S. 131/Wealthy Street Interchange, Grand Rapids, 87 car crashes, 13 injuries

#2 Car Crash Intersection: 28th Street (M-11) @ Broadmoor/Beltline, Grand Rapids/Kentwood, 77 car crashes, 20 injuries

#2 Car Crash Intersection: 28th Street (M-11) @ Broadmoor/Beltline, Grand Rapids/Kentwood, 77 car crashes, 20 injuries

#3 Car Crash Intersection: U.S. 131/Burton Street Interchange, Grand Rapids, 75 car crashes, 17 injuries

#3 Car Crash Intersection: U.S. 131/Burton Street Interchange, Grand Rapids, 75 car crashes, 17 injuries

#4 Car Crash Intersection: 28th Street (M-11)/I-96 Interchange, Cascade Township, 73	car crashes, 12 injuries

#4 Car Crash Intersection: 28th Street (M-11)/I-96 Interchange, Cascade Township, 73 car crashes, 12 injuries

#5 Car Crash Intersection: 28th Street (M-11) @ Kalamazoo Avenue, Grand Rapids, 62 car crashes, 15 injuries

#5 Car Crash Intersection: 28th Street (M-11) @ Kalamazoo Avenue, Grand Rapids, 62 car crashes, 15 injuries

#6 Car Crash Intersection: 28th Street (M-11) @ Breton Road, Grand Rapids, 61 car crashes, 17 injuries

#6 Car Crash Intersection: 28th Street (M-11) @ Breton Road, Grand Rapids, 61 car crashes, 17 injuries

#7 Car Crash Intersection: 28th Street (M-11) @ Breton Road, Grand Rapids, 61 car crashes, 17 injuries

#7 Car Crash Intersection: 28th Street (M-11) @ Breton Road, Grand Rapids, 61 car crashes, 17 injuries

#8 Car Crash Intersection: Lake Michigan Drive (M-45) @ Wilson Avenue, Walker, 60 car crashes, 9 injuries

#8 Car Crash Intersection: Lake Michigan Drive (M-45) @ Wilson Avenue, Walker, 60 car crashes, 9 injuries

#9 Car Crash Intersection: U.S. 131/I-196 Interchange, Grand Rapids, 59 car crashes, 12 injuries

#9 Car Crash Intersection: U.S. 131/I-196 Interchange, Grand Rapids, 59 car crashes, 12 injuries

#10 Car Crash Intersection: 44th Street @ Division Avenue, Kentwood, 53 car crashes,16 injuries

#10 Car Crash Intersection: 44th Street @ Division Avenue, Kentwood, 53 car crashes,16 injuries

What locations in West Michigan had the highest number of car accidents in 2016?

Top 10 Kent County most dangerous intersections for 2016

Rank Intersection Total Crashes Injury Crashes Only
1 U.S. 131/Wealthy Street Interchange, Grand Rapids
87 13
2 28th Street (M-11) @ Broadmoor/Beltline, Grand Rapids/Kentwood
77 20
3 U.S. 131/Burton Street Interchange, Grand Rapids 75 17
4 28th Street (M-11)/I-96 Interchange, Cascade Township 73 12
5 28th Street (M-11) @ Kalamazoo Avenue, Grand Rapids 62 15
6 28th Street (M-11) @ Breton Road, Grand Rapids 61 17
7 Beltline Avenue @ Lake Eastbrook Boulevard, Grand Rapids 60 14
8 Lake Michigan Drive (M-45) @ Wilson Avenue, Walker
60 9
9 U.S. 131/I-196 Interchange, Grand Rapids 59 12
10 44th Street @ Division Avenue, Kentwood
53 16

* Intersections include any reported motor vehicle accident that occurred within 250 of any intersection, including turnarounds and on/off ramps to freeways.

Keep in mind, total crashes include any reported motor vehicle accident.  Everything from fatalities to minor fender benders.

Our attorneys would like to thank the Michigan State Police for their help and assistance in collecting this data.

Let’s take a quick look at the top 3 locations that had the highest number of motor vehicle accidents to learn more:

No. 1 among Kent County most dangerous intersections: U.S. 131 and Wealthy Road Interchange, Grand Rapids, 87 car crashes, 13 injuries

Back at the No. 1 spot again this year is a busy interchange in downtown Grand Rapids. Eighty-seven total car accidents occurred both where Wealthy Street goes over the highway and the entrance and exit ramps off U.S. 131. This is an increase over the total number of crashes reported in 2015. As our auto accident lawyers reviewed these high-crash intersections in West Michigan, we noted that intersections show up more than other roads and locations. The reasons include varying speeds on freeway ramps and merging traffic tends to make these higher risk and more dangerous areas. The result is more motor vehicle accidents.

Our advice: slow down. Know exactly what lane you will be moving into and look at traffic around you to make sure you have enough time to avoid last-second merging into traffic.

No. 2 among Kent County most dangerous intersections: 28th Street (M-11) and Broadmoor Avenue/Beltline Avenue (M-37), Grand Rapids/Kentwood, 77 car crashes, 20 injuries

With Woodland Mall and plenty of large retail outlets surrounding the 28th and Broadmoor/Beltline area, heavy traffic is no surprise. Unfortunately, though, there was a substantial increase in crashes here with 77 total accidents in 2016 compared to 57 in 2015.

Every year when our attorneys review the top 10 highest reported car crash intersections for Kent County and West Michigan, we find that close to half of them are along just one street — 28th Street.

This year surpasses the number of car accidents reported previously. There were 6 locations along 28th Street that made our list of the highest reported number of car crashes.

Stay alert and use extra care when driving on 28th Street!

No. 3 among Kent County most dangerous intersections: U.S. 131 and Burton Street SW Interchange, Grand Rapids, 75 car crashes, 17 injuries

Another interchange making or attorneys’ list is this one, with 75 reported motor vehicle crashes. Again, this number includes the on/off ramps to U.S. 131, as well as car crashes on Burton Street as it travels over the highway. Use caution in this area — vehicles moving at higher speeds are likely causing many of these car accidents.

Visit our new Michigan Dangerous Intersections page for a complete list of high crash intersections that can be searched by any Michigan city or county.

Have you been in an accident in the West Michigan area? The Grand Rapids Auto Accident Resource page includes instructions on how to get a copy of an accident report from a local car crash.

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