Cars zoom through the intersection of 12 Mile and Telegraph roads.

Cars zoom through the intersection of 12 Mile and Telegraph roads.

File photo by Donna Agusti


Southfield, Lathrup intersections named among most dangerous

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published July 7, 2020

 The intersection was named one of the most dangerous in the state, according to a study by the Michigan Auto Law firm.

The intersection was named one of the most dangerous in the state, according to a study by the Michigan Auto Law firm.

File photo by Donna Agusti

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SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — Using 2019 data provided by the Michigan State Police, Michigan Auto Law — which is a firm comprising auto accident attorneys — compiled a list of the “Top 20 Most Dangerous Intersections,” naming two local intersections.

The intersection of Telegraph and 12 Mile roads in Southfield was ranked as having the seventh-most crashes in Michigan, and the intersection of Southfield and 11 Mile roads was ranked 14th.

According to the group’s website, michiganautolaw.com, the stats include any accident that occurred within 250 feet of an intersection, including turnarounds and highway on/off ramps.

Telegraph and 12 Mile had 128 crashes reported in 2019, with 17 injuries. Southfield Road and 11 Mile had 93 total crashes reported, with 31 injuries.

The most dangerous intersection in Michigan, according to the study, is in Sterling Heights, at 18 1/2 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue, with 229 total crashes last year and 14 injuries.

The data was pulled from the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, according to Michigan Auto Law.

Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, said the Telegraph and 12 Mile intersection made the list due to its high traffic volume. Most of the crashes in that area are rear-end crashes, he said.

“That is a very busy intersection,” Loussia said. “Fortunately, most of the crashes that occur there are not serious, and there were relatively few injuries.”

Loussia said the safety of the intersection has improved in recent years. For example, the same intersection in 2016 was named as the third most dangerous in the state, with 145 crashes and 30 injuries.

“We have deployed our Traffic Safety Bureau to that area to change driver behavior through police presence, education and awareness,” Loussia said. “We also use enforcement action if needed.”

Michigan Auto Law attorney Brandon Hewitt said the group has requested the data from the Michigan State Police and has been compiling the list for several years.

“The overarching goal is information and awareness for the public in general, and we have two main audiences. The first being Michigan drivers. We want people to know what are the most dangerous places for you to be, and we want you to know that in case it’s in your neighborhood or on your normal route, so you can be extra careful in those areas,” Hewitt said.

Another goal of the study, Hewitt said, is to provide the information to cities, counties and the state so that they can possibly take a second look at them.

“They could maybe look at (the intersections) from an engineering standpoint. There has been a big move in the last few years turning some of the most congested and dangerous intersections into roundabouts,” Hewitt said.

Loussia encouraged drivers to limit their distractions while on the road.

“Slow down,” Loussia said. “Don’t be distracted, and don’t be in a rush while driving.”

For more information, go to www.michiganautolaw.com.

Lathrup Village Police Chief Scott McKee did not return a request for comment by press time.

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