June 29, 2021 by Steven M. Gursten

Our attorneys share the list of the top 10 of Kent County’s most dangerous intersections based on Michigan State Police car accident reports for 2020 so local drivers can use extra caution when they’re traveling through these areas.

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

In 2019, 31% of all fatal traffic accidents in Michigan occurred at intersections. (Michigan Traffic Crash Facts, “2019 Quick Facts”)

With a majority of the workforce working remotely due to COVID-19 and, thus, not commuting to and from work for much of the year, overall crashes in 2020 in Michigan were down 21.9% from 2019 and the lowest level since at least 2010, according to preliminary data from the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center.  

Our list of Kent County’s most dangerous intersections reflects the latest car accident data available from 2020 on the top 10 interchanges with the highest number of reported car crashes. Our attorneys would like to thank the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit for helping us by providing the car accident data that we use to identify Kent County’s most dangerous intersections. The underlying traffic accident data analysis is compiled using motor vehicle accident reports filed by local law enforcement and police departments throughout Michigan.

What Were Kent County’s Most Dangerous Intersections in 2020?

  1. US 131 @ WEALTHY ST, Grand Rapids, 114 Total Crashes, 23 Injuries
  2. BURTON ST SW @ US 131, Grand Rapids, 89 Total Crashes, 23 Injuries
  3. 28TH ST SE @ S DIVISION AVE, Grand Rapids, 66 Total Crashes, 17 Injuries
  4. 28TH ST SE @ BRETON RD SE, Grand Rapids, 55 Total Crashes, 24 Injuries
  5. 28TH ST SE @ KALAMAZOO AVE SE, Grand Rapids, 54 Total Crashes, 6 Injuries
  6. 28TH ST SE @ BROADMOOR AVE SE, Grand Rapids, 51 Total Crashes, 10 Injuries
  7. 54TH ST SW @ KELLOGG WOODS DR SE, Kentwood, 48 Total Crashes, 27 Injuries
  8. 28TH ST SW @ CLYDE PARK AVE SW, Wyoming, 47 Total Crashes, 18 Injuries
  9. 28TH ST SE @ EASTERN AVE SE, Grand Rapids, 46 Total Crashes, 14 Injuries
  10. I 196 @ US 131, Grand Rapids, 44 Total Crashes, 3 Injuries

Source: Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit (Note: “Intersection” is defined as any road with a traffic signal, four-way stop or roundabout. The crash data encompasses and includes any traffic accident reported that occurred within 250 feet of an interchange, including turnarounds and on/off ramps to highways.)

More Information On The Top 2 of Kent County’s Most Dangerous Intersections

No. 1: US 131 and Wealthy Street, Grand Rapids

Most drivers on the westside of Michigan are very familiar with this area as the intersection has topped our Kent County’s Most Dangerous Intersections list every year for the past five years. This busy area near downtown Grand Rapids saw 114 crashes in 2020 compared to 123 in 2019 and had the third highest number of total intersection crashes in the entire state. In addition, the number of injuries increased from 18 in 2019 to 23 in 2020 – which is concerning given the significant reduction in vehicle traffic during the pandemic.  

No. 2: US 131 and Burton Street SW, Grand Rapids

Directly two miles south on US 131 is the number two spot in Kent County – another busy freeway interchange. Both total crashes and injuries increased in 2020 compared to 2019 – a concerning trend considering the overall decrease in traffic in 2020 due to the pandemic. This intersection went from 75 total crashes and 14 injuries in 2019 to 89 total crashes and 23 injuries in 2020.  

Our personal injury lawyers urge drivers to use caution in this area with merging freeway traffic through the on and off ramps.    

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 car crash lists.

Visit our Michigan’s Most Dangerous Intersections page for a complete list of the top twenty intersections in the state for auto accidents.  

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.

Need help after a car accident? Call Michigan Auto Law first

If you have been injured in a car accident at one of Kent County’s most dangerous intersections – or anywhere else in the area – you can call toll free anytime 24/7 at (866) 886-9668  for a free consultation with one of our experienced Grand Rapids car accident lawyers. There is absolutely no cost or obligation. You can also get help from an experienced auto accident attorney by visiting our contact page or you can use the chat feature on our website.

Kent County’s Most Dangerous Intersections in 2020

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