Intersection still tops ‘most dangerous’ lists

By: Julie Snyder | C&G Newspapers | Published July 12, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Data collected from the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit placed the intersection of Groesbeck Highway and Cass Avenue at the top of Macomb County’s most dangerous lists.

The bustling intersection that resides in both Mount Clemens and Clinton Township ranked No. 1 for the most accidents involving vehicle damage, and No. 1 for the most reported injury or fatality crashes in 2014.

The data was also collected, studied and reported in a blog post by attorneys at Michigan Auto Law, which has offices located in Sterling Heights, Farmington Hills, Ann Arbor, Detroit and Grand Rapids.

Attorney Todd Berg said their goal of reporting the information through a blog was to provide a public service.

“Because approximately 25 percent of all fatal car accidents in Michigan occur at intersections, we want the public to be vigilant and safety-conscious when traveling through intersections that have a higher frequency of car accidents,” he said.

Berg said the first list has a higher total number of motor vehicle accidents, but many are fender benders in high-traffic areas without any reported injuries. The second list includes the Macomb County intersections with the most reported car accident injuries or fatalities.

Groesbeck and Cass held onto the top spot once again with 70 car accidents in 2014. This is a significant decrease from the 90 accidents that made this the top intersection in the entire state in 2013 for total auto accidents, according to the report.

The area also had the most injury/fatality accidents once again with 25 occurring in 2014, down one from 2013.

One other Macomb County intersection that jumped up to the No. 2 spot on both lists was 23 Mile and Romeo Plank roads in Macomb Township. This area did not make the list last year, but doubled in total auto accidents in 2014 to 66 accidents. The intersection was second in the number of reported injury and fatality crashes in 2014.

“Given the population growth in this area, we hope the current traffic lights and signage are able to keep up with a higher volume of vehicle traffic,” the post reads.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham called the reduction in the numbers “a good thing.”

“These are highly traveled intersections,” he said. “A lot has to do with the volume of traffic.”

Berg said his law firm has acquired many theories through feedback on its Facebook page after sharing the blog post.

“Those familiar with the intersection (suggested) poor timing of the traffic lights. Drivers unfamiliar with the intersection are caught off guard because the timing of the lights may be different than other intersections, and drivers are distracted and inattentive, which is bad enough, generally, but particularly dangerous at a busy and accident-prone intersection like this,” Berg said.

Taking third in the number of crashes involving vehicle damage was 11 Mile/Van Dyke Avenue in Warren with 63, followed by 23 Mile/Schoenherr in Shelby Township with 57, 15 Mile/Groesbeck in Clinton Township with 55, 14 Mile/Schoenherr in Sterling Heights with 52, and 19 Mile/Hayes in Clinton Township with 51. The intersections of 18 1/2 Mile/Van Dyke in Sterling Heights, 14 Mile/Ryan Road in Warren, and 13 Mile/Schoenherr in Warren each had 50 reported crashes in 2014.

Making up the remainder of the list for crashes involving injury or fatality were 14 Mile/Ryan in Sterling Heights and Warren, and 21 Mile/North Avenue in Macomb Township, both with 13. The intersections of Hall Road/Garfield in Macomb Township and Clinton Township, 14 Mile/Schoenherr in Sterling Heights and Warren, 19 Mile/Hayes in Sterling Heights and Clinton Township, 15 Mile/Schoenherr in Sterling Heights, 13 Mile/Schoenherr in Warren, and 12 Mile/Harper in St. Clair Shores each had 12 crashes involving injury or fatality in 2014.

To read Michigan Auto Law’s blog post, go to www.michiganautolaw.com.