Michigan is the motor capital of the world—Detroit is even known as “Motor City.” With thousands of cars traveling through state intersections, your daily commute can quickly turn into a tragedy. According to a 2019 report by the Michigan Traffic Crash Facts publication, there were 314,376 reported crashes, 31% of which occurred at intersections.
At the Michigan Legal Center, we never want to see tragedy strike, which is why you should know where the five most dangerous intersections in the state are. It’s just as important to understand why driving through intersections can be so hazardous and how to keep yourself and passengers safe.
Keep in mind that intersections are any roads with a traffic signal, four-way stop, or a roundabout.
18.5 Mile Road and Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights
This busy roundabout saw 229 crashes in 2019, injuring 14. Not only was this the most dangerous intersection, but there was a 62% increase in car crashes here. What’s surprising is that this roundabout has been in place for nearly a decade, so one would think local drivers would be used to it.
Schoolcraft Road and Telegraph, Redford Township
The area where Telegraph Road passes over I-96 also saw an increase in accidents from 2018. There were fewer accidents than at the Sterling Heights roundabout at 210 (a 68% increase from 2018) but there were more injuries at 41.
Orchard Lake and 14 Mile Road, Farmington Hills/West Bloomfield
Another heavily trafficked roundabout in Michigan, this intersection saw 178 crashes with 22 injuries. The amount of crashes here is also significantly higher than other roundabouts in the state due to more vehicles using it as a detour or backroad.
M-5/Martin Parkway and Pontiac Trail, Commerce Township
The third roundabout to make the list of dangerous Michigan intersections is M-5, specifically the Martin Parkway and Pontiac Trail. There were 161 crashes and 12 injuries in 2019. It’s one of Oakland County’s largest intersections and sees millions of cars pass through every year.
State Street and Ellsworth, Pittsfield Township/Ann Arbor
The final entry is yet another Michigan roundabout. While it seems that crashes decreased over the years, there were still 154 collisions and eight injuries here in 2019.
Why Are Intersections So Dangerous in Michigan?
Since intersections are vital for drivers to get to where they’re going, crashes are very common, and not only during rush hour or on weekdays. Specific intersections can become dangerous for several reasons, including:
- Crowded roads: One wrong move by a distracted driver can lead to a chain reaction affecting multiple cars. Since the streets are already crowded, it can be difficult for emergency services to reach injured drivers and passengers.
- Aggressive driving: Drivers tend to think they can make the yellow light or do a quick right turn despite their light being red. If the light is yellow as you’re approaching, it’s best to wait for the next green. Similarly, if you’re trying to turn right, make sure that there’s no oncoming traffic.
- Lack of knowledge: Inexperienced drivers might not know who has the right of way, especially in roundabouts.
Distracted driving is also a common factor with intersection collisions. Texting, eating, or chatting with passengers can all lead to deadly consequences.
How to Travel Through Roundabouts in Michigan
There are more than 100 roundabouts in Michigan, with state and city officials planning more every year. Even so, many people are still unsure how to drive safely through one. Once you fully understand roundabouts and who has the right of way, they’re relatively easy to navigate. When traveling through a roundabout:
- Choose your lane before entering if there’s more than one
- Yield to traffic already in the roundabout
- Yield to any pedestrians
- Signal your turn
- Use signs and pavement markings to guide you
Remember that traffic will always move counterclockwise and that there are no stop signs, only yield signs. So, if you’re already in the roundabout, incoming traffic will yield to you and you do not need to slow to let another car in.
Skilled Car Accident Lawyers in Michigan
If you were involved in an accident at a Michigan intersection, reach out to the car accident attorneys at the Michigan Legal Center. Our skilled attorneys will fight for justice on your behalf and walk you through the steps of your claim.
With more than 60 years of experience, we specialize in representing clients in auto accidents. Our team is here to answer any legal questions you may have and offer advice on the next steps toward compensation. Call (248) 886-8650 or complete a contact form to schedule a free consultation.