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What Michigan roads had the most car accidents in 2015?

Here are the top 20 road segments in the state where you’re most likely to be in a crash

Ikea Drive in Canton

Ford Road between Lilley Road and IKEA Drive in Canton is the stretch of Michigan road where you’re most likely to crash.

Throughout last year, our attorneys shared many blog posts about high-crash intersections throughout the Michigan, including those in major metro areas. Given close to 30% of automobile accidents occur at intersections, this is important data for drivers to be aware of while navigating their local streets.

But what about those stretches of roads that had the most accidents? Michigan Auto Law has been working with the Traffic Crash Reporting Unit of the Michigan State Police, which collects accident reports from local law enforcement, to identify what road segments in Michigan had the most overall auto accidents in 2015.

Please take caution in the following areas:

Top 20 Road Segments* in Michigan for car accidents in 2015

Rank Road Segment Total Crashes
1 Ford Road between Lilley Road and IKEA Drive
Canton Township/Wayne County
2 Ford Road between IKEA Drive and Haggerty Road
Canton Township/Wayne County
3 Eastbound I-696 between Helene and I-75
Royal Oak/Oakland County
4 28th Street between Broadmoor Avenue and Lake Eastbrook Boulevard
Grand Rapids/Kent County
5 Eastbound I-696 between Bermuda Mohawk and Campbell/Hilton
Royal Oak/Oakland County
6 Gratiot Avenue between Masonic Boulevard and Voiland Avenue
Roseville/Macomb County
7 Gratiot Avenue between 23 Mile Road and Safie Drive
Chesterfield Township/Macomb County
8 Northbound I-275 between 6 Mile Ramp and 6 Mile Road
Livonia/Wayne County
9 23 Mile Road between Schoenherr Road and Sabrina Drive
Shelby Township/Macomb County
10 West Main Street Between 9th and 10th Street
Oshtemo Township/Kalamazoo County
11 Ford Road between Haggerty Road and South I-275 ramp
Canton Township/Wayne County
12 Mound Road between Center Street and Metropolitan Parkway
Sterling Heights/Macomb County
13 Southbound I-75 between Maple Road and Rochester Road
Troy/Oakland County
14 Mission Road between East Broomfield and Appian Way
Mount Pleasant/Isabella County
15 Rochester Road between West Auburn Road and Barclay Circle
Rochester Hills/Oakland County
16 23 Mile between Bellestri and Schoenherr Road
Shelby Township/Macomb County
17 28th Street between Buchanan Avenue and South Division Avenue
Grand Rapids/Kent County
18 Beltline Avenue between Bradford Street and Leonard Street
Grand Rapids/Kent County
19 Orchard Lake Road between Powers and Maple Road
West Bloomfield/Oakland County
20 Ford Road between Morrison Boulevard and Lilley Road
Canton Township/Wayne County

Source: Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit Note: 2015 data is still considered preliminary

*Road Segments are defined as sections of a road as reported by law enforcement observation at the scene of an accident. Segments can vary from less than 2/10 of a mile to up to 2 miles in length.

As we’ve seen throughout the years, one area in metro Detroit continues to top the list, as well as two other spots on the top 20 list – the Ford Road corridor just west of I-275 in Canton. For the past five years, the busy area of Ford Road between Lilley and Haggerty Roads has had the most car crashes in the state, as well as one of the top intersections for car crashes. In fact, when you add up the total reported crashes for the three road segments on Ford Road between Lilley and the I-275 ramp, there were 208 crashes and 71 reported injuries last year – a significant cause for concern. Congestion from local businesses is one of the major contributors to these accidents, especially around the IKEA furniture store, which sees upwards of 50,000 passing vehicles each day. Hopefully, some of the recent construction projects in the area will help to alleviate this dangerous area. But in the meantime, please use caution when driving through this part of Canton.

Not far behind in both overall crashes and injuries is a stretch of eastbound I-696 just east of the I-75 interchange – between Helene Street and I-75 in Royal Oak. The No. 4 segment on the list is another busy street in the Grand Rapids area, 28th Street between Broadmoor Avenue and Lake Eastbrook. This area consistently shows up in the Top 10 intersections, as well for total crashes in Kent County. In reviewing the top 20 on this list, our attorneys are not surprised to see most of the high crash road segments near busy urban and suburban areas, such as metro Detroit and Grand Rapids. But we did see a few in smaller populated areas. West Main Street between 9th and 10th Street in Oshtemo Township just west of Kalamazoo had 52 crashes last year. As a busy exit off US-131, this area sees quite a bit of congestion. In addition, South Mission Road between East Broomfield and Appian Way in Mount Pleasant had 51 accidents last year as a busy main road along the campus of Central Michigan University.

As we’ve shared before at Michigan Auto Law, please use caution, follow speed limits and avoid all distractions – especially in these areas. We would like to hear from our readers: Do you drive through or live near any of these areas? Tell us what you think makes these road segments so prone to a high amount of car and truck accidents.

In the meantime, please stay tuned for our next series on Michigan intersections with the most car accidents, as we plan to highlight which areas had the most crashes statewide as well as by county.

You also may visit our 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.

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Michigan local car accident resources

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