In late July, the annual report of the most dangerous intersections in Michigan was released. Unfortunately for motorcyclists and car drivers in the Detroit area, most of the intersections in the top 20 list are in metro Detroit.
And as all motorcyclists know, these intersections are even more dangerous for them than regular drivers since a motorcycle offers far less protection than a car.
Here’s a look at why these intersections are unusually dangerous, what you can do to protect yourself, and what to do if someone else’s recklessness gets you hurt.
According to The annual report and statistics derived from the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash reporting data, the most dangerous intersections in Michigan are:
Some of these intersections are surprising contenders. Take the #1 most dangerous intersection, 18 ½ Mile at Van Dyke in Sterling Heights. This particular intersection is actually a roundabout that saw a 62% increase in crashes.
What’s surprising is that this particular roundabout isn’t new—it’s been a roundabout for about 10 years, so drivers in the area are used to it. Of course, it’s also a busy area near a manufacturing plant, which may account for some of the accidents.
All of these intersections have a few key features in common.
Almost all of them are in the metro Detroit area, making them intersections in high-population areas. This means that the traffic volume at these particular intersections is unusually high relative to many other intersections in the state, increasing the risk of serious consequences for reckless driving.
Most of them are also intersections in which drivers tend to travel at higher speeds, which increases the probability that an accident could prove catastrophic or fatal.
Intersections pose an unusually high risk to drivers because there are several cars going toward each other. The intersection only works if all the drivers in it follow the traffic laws and drive safely. Unfortunately, many drivers approach intersections aggressively.
That said, many drivers engage in the same aggressive driving behaviors. These include:
Driving through intersections is especially dangerous for motorcyclists, as most drivers are accustomed to looking for other cars. Motorcycles are smaller and thus easier to miss. In addition, motorcycle riders don’t have the level of protection afforded by a car, which means crashes have a much higher chance of being dangerous for a motorcycle rider.
The best way to protect yourself is to drive defensively. The idea is simple: obey all traffic laws to the letter and drive as though every other driver will make the worst possible decision they could make in that moment. That way, you won’t be surprised if a driver does something dangerous and you’ll be much better equipped to react.
Second, you should always be diligent about following traffic laws. That means no lane-splitting (which is illegal in the state of Michigan anyway). Unsafe riding makes it harder for a car to see you, which increases the risk of an accident.
If you were caught in an accident in one of the most dangerous intersections in Michigan, we’re here to tell you that you have options.
We know those motorcycle accidents can be especially traumatic for riders. Drivers have a much greater chance of inflicting serious harm, and worse, police officers, insurance companies, and even your peers are more likely to take a negative view of your side simply because you were on a motorcycle. And we know that such bias is not acceptable.
We know the law, and we know the troubles you face. That’s why our team treats every client with the same care and attention we would give a family member. Because if it’s your loved one trying to recover from a major accident, you wouldn’t want anything less.
If you were involved in an accident and need to speak with an attorney about your options, get in touch today to schedule your free consultation.Share this Article