The dubious “winner” is South State and West Ellsworth Roads in Ann Arbor near Pittsfield Township
Last week, our attorneys published our list of the top 10 most dangerous intersections in Michigan, based upon the number of car accidents in 2014. The list was compiled by the Michigan State Police, and includes new data with the total number of crashes and as well as those causing injury or death.
The “winner” for the worst intersection in all of Michigan is South State and West Ellsworth Roads in Ann Arbor near Pittsfield Township.
And it’s seen quite a hike in car crashes since last year. This area ranked No. 11 in 2013 with 61 total crashes, but saw a dramatic spike in 2014 with a total of 170 car accidents.
How does one intersection see over double the amount of crashes in one year?
And how can this one intersection now have nearly twice as many car accidents as the second intersection on our list?
We spoke with Lt. Renea Bush of the Ann Arbor Police Department for more insight.
Lt. Bush said the reason for the hike in crashes is most definitely a new roundabout traffic circle that’s now replaced a four-way stop with signals: “I don’t think there’s a lot of education that goes into how to safely drive a roundabout. A lot of Americans are just not used to driving them. Most of these traffic accidents that our department handled at this intersection were not injury accidents,” said Lt. Bush.
In addition, she said, the inclement weather from the rough winter and increased traffic from the new Costco north of the roundabout on Airport Boulevard have contributed to more accidents at South State Street and Ellsworth.
We want to thank Lt. Bush for her help, as well as the Michigan State Police. And we’d like to hear from you if you live in Ann Arbor and are familiar with this area. Why do you think this intersection is so dangerous? Share your thoughts by making a comment below or on our Michigan Auto Law Facebook page.
You also may visit our Michigan Dangerous Intersections page for a complete list of intersection car crashes (including roundabouts) that can be searched by any Michigan city or county, and our list of Michigan’s 2016 Top 20 Most Dangerous Intersections.
Source: Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit – High Crash Intersection Report