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Oakland County’s Most Dangerous Intersections in 2018

May 15, 2019 by Steven M. Gursten

Our attorneys share the list of the top 10 of Oakland County’s most dangerous intersections based on 2018 car accident data so local drivers can use extra caution when traveling through these areas.

This annual list of Oakland County’s most dangerous intersections is provided by our attorneys to help keep Michigan drivers safe.

Intersections are dangerous. But these Oakland County intersections are even more dangerous.

Over 30% of all fatal car crashes occurred at intersections, according to Michigan Traffic Crash Facts (“2017 Quick Facts”).

Our list of Oakland County’s most dangerous intersections is the latest car accident data available from 2018 on the top 10 intersections with the highest number of reported car crashes. Our attorneys would like to sincerely thank the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, which compiled the raw data from thousands of car accident reports submitted by local police and law enforcement throughout Michigan.

Top 10 List of Oakland County’s Most Dangerous Intersections in  2018

  1. TELEGRAPH ROAD @ 12 MILE ROAD, Southfield, 145 Total Crashes, 24 Injuries
  2. ORCHARD LAKE ROAD @ 14 MILE ROAD, Farmington Hills, 144 Total Crashes, 20 Injuries
  3. M 5/MARTIN PKWY @ PONTIAC TRL, Commerce Twp, 138 Total Crashes, 9 Injuries
  4. I 75 @ BIG BEAVER ROAD, Troy, 129 Total Crashes, 13 Injuries
  5. I 75 @ M 59, Auburn Hills, 115 Total Crashes, 30 Injuries
  6. I 75 @ 14 MILE ROAD, Madison Heights, 96 Total Crashes, 17 Injuries
  7. BIG BEAVER ROAD @ ROCHESTER ROAD, Troy, 92 Total Crashes, 27 Injuries
  8. TELEGRAPH ROAD @ MAPLE ROAD, Bloomfield Twp, 79 Total Crashes, 20 Injuries
  9. SOUTHFIELD ROAD @ 11 MILE ROAD, Lathrup Village, 79 Total Crashes, 11 Injuries
  10. FARMINGTON ROAD @ MAPLE ROAD, West Bloomfield Twp, 77 Total Crashes, 11 Injuries

– Source: Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit

*Data includes any car accident (including fender benders, injury crashes and fatal crashes) that occurred within 250 feet of the intersection, including turnarounds and on/off ramps to highways. “Intersection” is defined as any road with a traffic signal, four-way stop or roundabout.

No. 1 Dangerous Intersection: Telegraph and 12 Mile Roads, Southfield

Remaining at the top spot for Oakland County’s most dangerous intersections is the busy area along Telegraph Road.  While there was a slight reduction in car accidents going from 150 in 2017 to 145 in 2018, this corner remained not only at the top spot for Oakland County but also the top spot in the state for intersection car crashes in 2018.  The number of injuries also remains high with 24 in 2018.  Use caution in this busy area where high speeds factor into car accidents.

No. 2 Dangerous Intersection: Orchard Lake and 14 Mile Roads – Farmington Hills/West Bloomfield

This congested roundabout saw the exact same number of car crashes in 2018 as it did in 2017.  Injuries dropped slightly though from 24 in 2017 to 20 in 2018.  The high number moves this roundabout into the No. 2 spot on the top 10 list of Oakland County’s most dangerous intersections for 2018 intersection car accidents in the state of Michigan, up from the No. 4 spot in 2017. 

To see a map of all existing and proposed roundabouts in the state visit the Michigan Roundabout Resource Center.

One additional area that saw a significant increase in car accidents was the freeway interchange in Auburn Hills of I 75 and M 59 which went from 90 car crashes in 2017 to 115 in 2018.  In addition, there was one fatality and 30 injuries – making this area the fourth highest in the state for injuries at an intersection or interchange.  High speeds and merging traffic can make these interchanges dangerous, use caution driving through this area. 

Dangerous Intersection Data for other Michigan cities and counties

As we see from years of data analysis on Michigan car accidents, intersections with heavy traffic near freeways or retail businesses continually show up on these high crash lists.

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

If you or someone you know has been injured in a Michigan car accident contact us to learn about your legal rights.  We also have six free books covering everything from Car Insurance to Repairing Car Damage.  Visit this page to get your free book now.

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