Our auto accident lawyers have many clients who live and/or work in the city of Detroit, as the roads are highly congested, under construction and mistakes are constantly made. To protect my clients and all Michigan drivers, I blogged last year about Detroit’s top five worst intersections. Now I’m updating that information with five more treacherous intersections, as SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments) has released new 2008 statistics. Here are Detroit’s 10 most dangerous intersections:
1. 7 Mile Road East and VanDyke Street, 38 crashes
2. Davison Street West and Linwood Street, 34 crashes
3. 7 Mile Road East and Gratiot Avenue, 34 crashes
4. Davison Street West and Dexter Avenue, 31 crashes
5. Conner Street and Gratiot Avenue, 25 crashes
6. Greenfield Road and Warren Avenue West, 24 crashes
7. Livernois Avenue and McNichols Road West, 22 crashes
8. Evergreen Road and Plymouth Road, 19 crashes
9. Conant Street and Davison Street East, 19 crashes
10. Greenfield Road and Plymouth Road, 19 crashes
Highlights of Detroit Crash Statistics
SEMCOG recently published 2008 data for Detroit intersections with the most car crashes. This new information shows that for the first time, the intersection of 7 Mile and VanDyke took the No. 1 spot.
Yet danger also lies within the No. 2 intersection of W. Davison and Linwood, which held the top spot in 2007. For the past five years, Davison and Linwood was the scene of the highest overall number of auto accidents. It had over 30 more crashes than 7 Mile Road East and VanDyke Ave.
Keep in mind, the sheer volume of crashes doesn’t always tell the whole story. There are many risk factors that contribute to each intersection in the city. For example, an intersection can have a high number of crashes, yet the severity of personal injuries is another indicator of how dangerous that intersection can be. The lawyers of Michigan Auto Law evaluated crash details of each of these intersections and found that while Davison and Linwood had the most crashes over the last five years (232), none of them were fatal, and 84 percent resulted in property damage only. However, the intersection of 7 Mile Road and Gratiot had two fatalities and 40 injuries, which accounted for 24 percent of all Detroit car accidents in the last five years.
For further details about these high-crash intersections, visit SEMCOG, which covers all Southeast Michigan communities.
How to Protect Yourself
With so many auto accidents happening in and around Detroit and with Michigan’s notorious no-fault law stipulations and time limits to file accident cases, it’s wise to print this accident scene checklist in case you find yourself or a loved one in a car accident situation.
You can find out more on auto accident resources, legal advice and local insurance companies by visiting the Detroit Auto Accident Help Center. If you’ve been involved in a car accident or truck accident, please call our expert car accident lawyers at (800) 777-0028 to protect your rights and for help navigating through complicated no-fault insurance plans.
Meanwhile, if you would like to point out an additional intersection in the Detroit that’s unsafe, please give the lawyers of Michigan Auto Law feedback by posting a comment to the Michigan Auto Lawyers Blog.
Michigan Auto Law exclusively handles Michigan car, truck and motorcycle accident cases throughout the entire state. We have an office located in downtown Detroit at 535 Griswold Street, Detroit, MI 48226. To talk to an auto accident lawyer contact us at (800) 777-0028.
Steve Gursten is head of Michigan Auto Law. He is president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and past co-chair of the Michigan Association for Justice Automobile Accident No?Fault Committee. He frequently writes and speaks about Michigan No-Fault laws, and is available for comment.
Steve Gursten announces 2008 statistics from SEMCOG with a list of the top ten intersections in Detroit with the highest amount of crashes.