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List of crash-prone intersections released

By: Eric Czarnik | C&G Newspapers | Published May 22, 2018

METRO DETROIT — Drivers who want to keep up to speed on certain traffic intersections’ crash data now have an updated, compiled list, though some road safety experts say additional information ought to be considered.

On May 7, the Michigan Auto Law blog listed its annual Top 20 Michigan Dangerous Intersections list, based on 2017 crash data from the Michigan State Police. Crashes counted if they happened within 250 feet of an intersection.

Among the intersections that are within the C & G Newspapers coverage area are the following:

1. 11 Mile Road/Interstate 696 and Van Dyke Avenue in Warren/Center Line: 32 of 194 crashes had injuries

2. 18 ½ Mile Road and Van Dyke in Sterling Heights: 13 of 165 crashes had injuries

3. Telegraph and 12 Mile roads in Southfield: 23 of 150 crashes had injuries

4. Orchard Lake Road and 14 Mile Road in Farmington Hills/West Bloomfield: 24 of 144 crashes had injuries

6. Interstate 75 and Big Beaver Road in Troy: 13 of 120 crashes had injuries

7. Metropolitan Parkway and Mound Road in Sterling Heights: 24 of 117 crashes had injuries

11. M-59/Hall Road and Schoenherr Road in Utica/Sterling Heights: 23 of 107 crashes had injuries

13. Metropolitan Parkway and Van Dyke in Sterling Heights: 23 of 102 crashes had injuries

14. Southfield Road and 11 Mile in Lathrup Village: 17 of 102 crashes had injuries

15. M-59/Hall Road and Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township: 34 of 95 crashes had injuries

Sterling Heights Police Chief Dale Dwojakowski commented on a few of his city’s intersections that made the list, such as 18 ½ Mile and Van Dyke.

Dwojakowski said that intersection is a roundabout that has a high traffic volume, but he said few of its accidents resulted in injuries.

“Roundabouts are designed to save lives and reduce serious injury accidents,” he said.

Dwojakowski said his department monitors the state police’s crash statistics and works with the Macomb County Department of Roads on ways to make certain problem areas safer.

The chief urged drivers to pay closer attention to other vehicles when traffic is congested, because someone is bound to do something unexpected.

“Even though they have a green light, they should also be watching that car that doesn’t stop or doesn’t see them,” he said.

Jim Santilli, CEO of the Transportation Improvement Association, said human error is behind many crashes, not the road itself. He also said additional factors must be considered when looking at crash tallies.

“An intersection with a high number of crashes doesn’t necessarily mean it’s ‘dangerous,’” he said. “The average daily traffic traveling through the intersection, and the severity of the crashes, also need to be taken into account.  Failure to include these factors leads to locations being falsely labeled as ‘dangerous’ and a likely inaccurate list.”

See the entire list by visiting www.michiganautolaw.com/blog.