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Milwaukee’s Five Most Dangerous Intersections
No one heads to the shopping mall to get into a car accident, but that’s how a huge number of wrecks happen in Milwaukee. A Journal Sentinel analysis of five years of traffic data showed that mall-related intersections were among the worst in the city. The suspected reason is that heavy shopping traffic and out-of-towners contribute to the chaos around these mega marketplaces.
Bayshore, Mayfair, and Southridge centers all proved to be crisis points, and the junction of North Mayfair and West North Avenue had 111 collisions between 2007 and 2011. In 2016 alone there were twenty-seven of these crashes. In all, seventy-four lives were claimed in Milwaukee County accidents just last year. Wisconsin traffic fatalities had increased overall—by 6 percent—according to the state department of transportation (DOT). For up-to-the-week crash statistics, including pedestrian fatalities, from the Wisconsin DOT, click here.
What Causes Car Accidents at Intersections
The deaths were attributed to usual reckless behavior like speeding, driving while intoxicated, and failure to use a seat belt. But raising alarms everywhere are an increased rate of incidents from distracted driving caused by texting and cell phone use while behind the wheel. Also, in 2016, lowered gas prices and a healthy economy increased highway activity because they enabled people to travel more.
Common crash types at intersections are rear-end collisions, left-turn accidents, and T-bone accidents. Rear-end crashes and running red lights are much more likely as people pick up their phone when behind the wheel.
A 2012 and 2013 study gave these as the top issues:
- Road Conditions – 3,119 crashes (28 percent)
- Didn’t Yield Right-of-Way – 2,487 crashes (23 percent)
- Driver Inattention – 1,991 crashes (18 percent)
- Didn’t Obey Traffic Signal – 881 crashes (8 percent)
- Tailgating – 621 crashes (6 percent)
- Speeding – 454 crashes (4 percent)
- Driving Too Fast for Conditions – 547 crashes (5 percent)
- Improper Turn – 316 crashes (3 percent)
- Other – 620 crashes (5 percent)
The Most Dangerous Intersections in Milwaukee
When reviewing the data, a handful of intersections tend to stand out as being the most likely to see a serious collision. These intersections were the worst:
- W. Capitol Drive & Highway 45
- N. Mayfair Road & W. North Avenue
- N. 6th Street & W. McKinley Avenue
- W. National Avenue & I-894
- W. Capitol Drive & N. 35th Street
Milwaukee Auto Wreck Attorney
Even a fender bender can result in a mess of dealing with insurance companies and repair bills. More serious accident injuries can affect you for years to come. Delayed injuries and lasting damage aren’t always apparent until weeks and months after the incident occurred.
Gary Greenberg is a longstanding Milwaukee car accident and personal injury attorney who investigates each of his clients’ cases thoroughly and seeks maximum compensation from insurance companies. He takes issues to court if the client is not being treated fairly. Contact the Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg for a free case evaluation today and learn how he can help you. Just call 414-271-7007 or complete the contact form on this page.