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Grand Rapids intersection ranked in top 20 most dangerous in state

Michigan Auto Law compiled the list of most dangerous intersections based on car accident reports.
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — Michigan Auto Law has posted its annual list of the state’s most dangerous intersections based on police car accident report data for 2019 and an intersection in West Michigan has made the list. 

Michigan Auto Law says the intersection of US-131 and Wealthy Street SE in Grand Rapids is the 8th most dangerous in the state. According to the data, 123 total crashes and 18 people were injured in the area.

While overall Michigan saw a decrease in injuries from car crashes when comparing a full year of reports in 2019 to 2018, the total number of accidents and fatalities were higher in 2019 than in 2018, according to the data.

“Our goal is driver safety,” says Steven Gursten, president of Michigan Auto Law. “We give drivers this information so they can plan alternative routes if possible, and to be aware of the extra caution needed when driving in these areas.”

Gursten adds that the coronavirus pandemic has lightened the traffic on our roads, leading to a false sense of security for many drivers. “Many think it’s safer due to less traffic but unfortunately many people are taking advantage of the open roads and speeding, or become more easily distracted. Be careful out there.” 

The Top 20 Most Dangerous Intersections in Michigan for 2019 are:

  1. 18 1/2 MILE RD @ VAN DYKE AVE, Sterling Heights, 229 Total Crashes, 14 Injuries
  2. SCHOOLCRAFT RD @ TELEGRAPH RD, Redford Twp., 210 Total Crashes, 41 Injuries
  3. ORCHARD LAKE RD @ 14 MILE RD, Farmington Hills/West Bloomfield, 178 Total Crashes, 22 Injuries
  4. M 5/MARTIN PKWY @ N PONTIAC TRAIL, Commerce Twp., 161 Total Crashes, 12 Injuries
  5. STATE RD @ W ELLSWORTH RD, Pittsfield Twp./Ann Arbor, 154 Total Crashes, 8 Injuries
  6. 11 MILE RD/I 696 @ VAN DYKE AVE, Center Line, 129 Total Crashes, 31 Injuries
  7. TELEGRAPH RD @ 12 MILE RD, Southfield, 128 Total Crashes, 17 Injuries
  8. US 131 @ WEALTHY ST, Grand Rapids, 123 Total Crashes, 18 Injuries
  9. I 75 @ BIG BEAVER RD, Troy, 113 Total Crashes, 17 Injuries
  10. FORD RD @ HAGGERTY RD, Canton Twp., 101 Total Crashes, 35 Injuries
  11. HALL RD @ SCHOENHERR RD, Shelby Twp., 96 Total Crashes, 16 Injuries
  12. 23 MILE RD @ I 94, Chesterfield Twp., 94 Total Crashes, 24 Injuries
  13. 11 MILE RD @ GRATIOT AVE E, Roseville, 94 Total Crashes, 23 Injuries
  14. SOUTHFIELD RD @ W 11 MILE RD, Lathrup Village, 93 Total Crashes, 31 Injuries
  15. FORD RD @ MERCURY DR, Dearborn, 91 Total Crashes, 30 Injuries
  16. HALL RD @ ROMEO PLANK RD, Clinton Twp., 86 Total Crashes, 27 Injuries
  17. FORD RD @ LILLEY RD, Canton Twp., 80 Total Crashes, 20 Injuries
  18. DIXIE HWY @ I 75, Springfield Twp., 79 Total Crashes, 13 Injuries
  19. DIX AVE @ M 39, Lincoln Park, 78 Total Crashes, 18 Injuries
  20. TELEGRAPH RD @ SQUARE LAKE RD, Bloomfield Twp., 78 Total Crashes, 15 Injuries

– Source: Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit (Note: “Intersection” is defined as any road with a traffic signal, four-way stop or roundabout. The numbers include any reported crash that occurred within 250 feet of an intersection, including turnarounds and on/off ramps to highways.)

Read more about Michigan’s Most Dangerous Intersections. Find a list of intersection car crashes that can be searched by any Michigan city or county.

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