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Michigan’s Most Dangerous Intersections in 2023

How often do you pass through one of Michigan’s most dangerous intersections?

We want you to know so that you can make informed decisions for your family’s safety.

Below our attorneys identify the Top 20 Most Dangerous Intersections in Michigan in 2023 based on the total number of car accidents that occurred at those interchanges in 2023. The Top 20 list comprises those intersections with the highest number of crashes.

It is important to remember that an intersection will always be more dangerous and pose a greater risk for drivers than a road without intersecting traffic. To give you some idea of just how dangerous, every year approximately one-third (30%) of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in Michigan occur at intersections.

Michigan's top 20 most dangerous intersections in 2023

Our auto accident attorneys share our annual list of Michigan’s most dangerous intersections based on official car accident statistics for 2023

What are Michigan’s most dangerous intersections? As we do every year, our auto accident attorneys have assembled the following list of Michigan’s Top 20 Most Dangerous Intersections in 2023 based on Michigan State Police official data for the number of car accidents that occurred at intersections in 2023.

Knowing the intersections that have the most car accidents allows prudent drivers to decide whether it is better and safer to avoid these roads and take alternative routes.

While a car accident does not always mean someone was injured, it does increase substantially the likelihood of an injury occurring.

At the very least, we hope this list will alert drivers to the fact that they should be extra-cautious when traveling through these areas.

We wish to sincerely thank everyone at the Michigan State Police, especially the Traffic Crash Reporting Unit for compiling the car accident crash data that we use to identify Michigan’s Most Dangerous Intersections. The Michigan State Police’s underlying data analysis is compiled using motor vehicle accident reports filed by local law enforcement and police departments throughout Michigan.

What Were Michigan’s Most Dangerous Intersections in 2023?

  1. 11 MILE RD/I 696 @ VAN DYKE AVE, Warren/Center Line, 218 Total Crashes, 52 Injuries
  2. MARTIN PKWY @ N PONTIAC TRL, Commerce Twp, 160 Total Crashes, 11 Injuries (Roundabout)
  3. SCHOOLCRAFT RD @ TELEGRAPH RD, Redford Twp, 154 Total Crashes, 47 Injuries
  4. 18 1/2 MILE RD @ VAN DYKE AVE, Sterling Heights, 135 Total Crashes, 9 Injuries (Roundabout)
  5. ORCHARD LAKE RD @ 14 MILE RD, Farmington Hills, 132 Total Crashes, 12 Injuries (Roundabout)
  6. STATE RD @ W ELLSWORTH RD, Ann Arbor, 126 Total Crashes, 5 Injuries (Roundabout)
  7. US 131 @ WEALTHY ST, Grand Rapids, 112 Total Crashes, 1 Fatality, 28 Injuries
  8. 10 MILE RD @ I 94, St Clair Shores, 100 Total Crashes, 33 Injuries
  9. TELEGRAPH RD @ 12 MILE RD, Southfield, 99 Total Crashes, 35 Injuries
  10. SOUTHFIELD RD @ W 11 MILE RD, Lathrup Village, 96 Total Crashes, 30 Injuries
  11. 11 MILE RD/I 696 @ HOOVER, Warren, 86 Total Crashes, 18 Injuries
  12. MIDDLE BELT RD @ SCHOOLCRAFT RD, Livonia, 80 Total Crashes, 15 Injuries
  13. BURTON ST SW @ US 131, Grand Rapids, 77 Total Crashes, 21 Injuries
  14. JOY RD @ M 39, Detroit, 72 Total Crashes, 20 Injuries
  15. WARREN AVE @ I 75, Detroit, 71 Total Crashes, 28 Injuries 
  16. FORD RD @ TELEGRAPH RD, Dearborn, 71 Total Crashes, 21 Injuries
  17. METROPOLITAN PKWY @ VAN DYKE AVE, Sterling Heights, 70 Total Crashes, 1 Fatality, 16 Injuries
  18. OAKLEY PARK RD @ MARTIN PKWY, Commerce Twp, 70 Total Crashes, 4 Injuries (Roundabout)
  19. 7 MILE RD @ I 75, Detroit, 69 Total Crashes, 35 Injuries
  20. 11 MILE RD @ GRATIOT AVE E, Roseville, 69 Total Crashes, 20 Injuries

Source: Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit (NOTE: The list of Michigan’s most dangerous intersections is the most current data available for total crashes at intersections in Michigan in 2023. “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 200 feet of an intersection including near freeways (and their subsequent on-ramps off-ramps and service streets), divided highways and rural roads.)

More Information On Michigan’s Top 5 Most Dangerous Intersections

No. 1: 11 MILE RD/I 696 @ VAN DYKE AVE, Warren/Centerline

In the #1 spot on our list of Michigan’s Most Dangerous Intersections for 2023 is an area where a heavily traveled stretch of road in Macomb County crosses over a busy suburban freeway.

Although total crashes at this interchange dropped slightly from 129 in 2019 to 124 in 2020, they increased to 173 in 2021 and then up to 207 in 2022 and up to 218 in 2023 – a 68.9%increase from 2019.

This interchange with multiple traffic signals and merging traffic which was #1 on our Top 20 list for 2022 had 52 reported injuries in 2023, which was a 29% jump from 41 in 2022 and which is the highest number of reported car accident injuries at any intersection in the state in 2023.

No. 2: MARTIN PKWY @ N PONTIAC TRL, Commerce Township

This busy roundabout which is also Oakland County’s largest roundabout has climbed up from position #3 on our Top 20 Michigan’s Most Dangerous Intersections list for 2022.

Total crashes increased 26.9% to 160 in 2023 from 126 in 2022. There were 140 in 2021, 110 in 2020, and 161 in 2019. 

Injuries in 2023 dropped to 11 from 13 in 2022. In 2021, there were 18 injuries. And in 2020 and 2019, there were 4 and 12.

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

No. 3: SCHOOLCRAFT RD @ TELEGRAPH RD, Redford Township

The busy area where Telegraph Road passes over Schoolcraft Road and the I-96 freeway had 154 total crashes in 2023, up 22% from 126 in 2022. There were 104 motor vehicle accidents here in 2021, 108 in 2020, and 210 in 2019. The 2023 figures showed an overall 26.6% drop in crashes from 2019 to 2023.

However, injuries from these crashes were higher in 2023 than in any of the previous four years. In 2023, there were 47 injuries. In 2022, there were 30. In 2021, there 21 injuries. In 2020, there were 27. And, in 2019, there were 41 injuries. 

No. 4: 18 1/2 MILE RD @ VAN DYKE AVE, Sterling Heights

The bad news is that this busy roundabout in Macomb County is again #4 on the list of Michigan’s Top 20 Most Dangerous Intersections. In 2022, it was also #4. Before that, in 2021, it was #3. And in 2020 and 2019, it was #1.

Although total crashes were 135 in 2023 – which is up 14.4% from 118 in 2022 – they were down 41% from 229 in 2019. In 2021 and 2020, there were 168 and 131 total crashes, respectively. 

There were 9 injuries in 2023, which is down from 10 in 2022, 17 in 2021, and 14 in 2019. In 2020, there were 8 injuries. 

No. 5: ORCHARD LAKE RD @ 14 MILE RD, Farmington Hills

Total crashes at this busy roundabout more than doubled in 2023 from 2022 levels. In 2023, there were 132 motor vehicle accidents – up from 64 in 2022. In 2021, there were 122 crashes. And in 2020 and 2019, there were 89 and 178 respectively. 

Injuries in 2023 tripled from 2022, going from 4 to 12. In 2021, 2020, and 2019, there were 15 injuries, 11 injuries and 22 injuries, respectively. 

Michigan’s Most Dangerous Intersections Car Accident Data for other cities and counties

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

To read blog posts on the state’s most dangerous intersections specific to counties and cities click here.

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