List of intersection accident data released

By: Eric Czarnik | C&G Newspapers | Published April 27, 2015

Several of Michigan’s traffic intersections with the most total accidents or related injuries or deaths in 2014 were found in Oakland and Macomb counties, according to top 10 lists recently compiled by a law firm.

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.

Within the C & G Newspapers coverage area, other Michigan intersections in that top 10 list with the most accidents overall were:

2. Orchard Lake Road at West 12 Mile Road in Farmington Hills, 94

4. 18 Mile Road at Van Dyke Avenue in Sterling Heights, 88

5. Orchard Lake Road at Maple Road in West Bloomfield, 86

10. Cass Avenue at South Groesbeck Highway in Clinton Township, 70

The law firm also compiled a top 10 list for Michigan intersections with the most injuries or fatalities in 2014. The following were within the C & G coverage area:

1. Cass Avenue at South Groesbeck Highway in Clinton Township, 25

3. 23 Mile Road at Romeo Plank Road in Macomb Township, 20

6. Telegraph Road at 12 Mile Road in Southfield, 18

10. Orchard Lake Road at Maple Road in West Bloomfield, 15

Macomb County Department of Roads Director Bob Hoepfner commented on the intersection of South Groesbeck Highway and Cass Avenue. He said that while the intersection is designed properly, the roads department has taken some intermediate steps to correct some issues.

“During early morning or dawn and dusk, the bright sun was obscuring the traffic signals,” he said. “We have installed backplates on our traffic signals on all of the intersections listed in that traffic report.”

Hoepfner said some accidents are caused by factors such as speeding, running red lights or turning into oncoming traffic. High traffic volumes may increase impatience and the odds of driver error, he explained.

Road Commission for Oakland County spokesman Craig Bryson said his agency reviews the police statistics every year. He said he would disagree 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 complete lists of intersections with accidents, visit www.michiganautolaw.com. Contact the Road Commission for Oakland County by visiting www.rcocweb.org or by calling (248) 645-2000. Reach the Macomb County Department of Roads by visiting roads.macombgov.org or by calling (586) 463-8671.