Intersection ranks sixth for injuries and fatalities

By: Eric Czarnik, Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published May 7, 2015

 Cars zoom through the intersection of 12 Mile and Telegraph roads May 1.

Cars zoom through the intersection of 12 Mile and Telegraph roads May 1.

Photos by Donna Agusti

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SOUTHFIELD — An intersection in Southfield has been named as one of the most dangerous in the state.

Using data from the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, the Michigan Auto Law firm’s website posted in March that the Michigan intersection with the most accidents last year was South State Road at West Ellsworth Road, in Ann Arbor, with 170 accidents.

Other Michigan intersections in that top 10 list with the most accidents overall include:

2. Orchard Lake Road at West 12 Mile Road, in Farmington Hills, with 94 accidents.
4. 18 Mile Road at Van Dyke Avenue, in Sterling Heights, with 88 accidents.
5. Orchard Lake Road at Maple Road, in West Bloomfield, with 86 accidents.
10. Cass Avenue at South Groesbeck Highway, in Clinton Township, with 70 accidents.
The law firm also compiled a top 10 list for Michigan intersections with the most injuries or fatalities in 2014. Some local ones include:
1. Cass Avenue at South Groesbeck Highway, in Clinton Township, with 25 incidents.
3. 23 Mile Road at Romeo Plank Road, in Macomb Township, with 20 incidents.
6. Telegraph Road at 12 Mile Road, in Southfield,  with 18 incidents.
10. Orchard Lake Road at Maple Road, in West Bloomfield, with 15 incidents.

When it comes to the intersection of Telegraph and 12 Mile, Southfield Police Lt. Ted Goff said the volume of cars passing through the intersection has a lot to do with the number of accidents.

Although there are a high number of accidents, Goff said most of them result in only minor injuries. Because traffic is heavy in the area, cars are moving slower, which helps injuries to be less severe.

Over the last three years, Goff said there have been 312 accidents at the intersection, which has been consistent year to year. Half of the accidents have been rear-end accidents, he added.

“That’s pretty indicative of heavy traffic in the area,” Goff said.

Goff said a lot of the rear-end accidents are caused by distracted driving.

“Some good advice anytime somebody is driving: Pay attention as much as possible,” Goff said. “Turn off your cellphone. Don’t take your eyes off the road to change the radio station, tend to your kids, anything that distracts you from your driving.”

Road Commission for Oakland County spokesman Craig Bryson said his agency reviews the police statistics every year. He said he disagrees with the characterization that the intersections mentioned in the top 10 lists are necessarily dangerous.

“What they’re looking at is raw crashes at intersections,” he said. “The busiest intersections have the highest number of crashes. What is more important is looking at the number of crashes compared to the amount of traffic, which is a crash rate, as opposed to the raw crash data.

For more information, visit www.michiganautolaw.com.

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