Macomb County Home to No. 1 Most Dangerous Intersection in Michigan
According to the Detroit Free Press, an annual list of dangerous intersections has been released – and Macomb County did not fare well.
Not only does the county have the No. 1 most dangerous intersection for car accidents, but it also has the highest number of hot spots for crashes.
Where are the most dangerous intersections?
Our Macomb County car accident attorneys were not surprised to learn that the intersection of 11 Mile Road/I-696 at Van Dyke Avenue in Warren/Center Line was the most dangerous. This was the site of 194 crashes, 32 of those causing injury.
In the No. 2 spot was the Sterling Heights intersection of 11 ½ Mile Road at Van Dyke Avenue, where there were 165 total crashes, with 13 of those causing injury. Other intersections throughout the state reported fewer crashes but more that resulted in injury.
This information was culled from Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting unit data to pinpoint which intersections has the most crashes, including all types – from minor fender-bender car accidents to those resulting in severe injuries and even deaths.
Other communities in Macomb that reported dangerous intersections included:
- Metropolitan Parkway at Mound Road in Sterling Heights: 117 total crashes, 24 injury crashes
- Hall Road/ M-59 at Schoenherr Road in Utica/ Sterling Heights: 107 crashes, 23 injury crashes
- Metropolitan Parkway at Van Dyke Avenue in Sterling Heights: 102 crashes, 23 injury crashes
- Hall Road/ M-59 at Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township: 95 crashes, 34 injury crashes
Michigan Intersection Laws
In general, Michigan code MCL 257.627 requires every vehicle to be operated at a speed that is “careful and prudent” with due regard for the traffic and any other conditions existing at the time.
Thus, this statute might require a driver approaching an intersection to slow to a careful and prudent speed so that they can safely ascertain who has the right to enter or proceed through at any given time.
Another important point of note – and one that may surprise some people – is that one can receive a ticket for failure to stop at a yellow light. Although most people understand a yellow signal to mean “slow down,” MCL 257.612 holds that unless it’s dangerous to do so, you must stop when the light turns yellow.
The only exception is if you’re preparing to make a left turn and you’re already in the intersection. In that situation, you can complete your turn so long as oncoming traffic has stopped – even if the light is red by that point.
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in an intersection accident, it’s best to speak to an experienced attorney at Fraser & Souweidane P.C. today.