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Intersections are like magnets for traffic crashes. Approximately 40 percent of motor vehicle accidents happen in intersections, according to a crash analysis by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
What Makes Intersections Dangerous?
By definition, an intersection is where two or more roads meet. Although traffic through intersections may be regulated by signs or lights, there is still the potential for collisions between those attempting to turn or cross.
Most car accidents are the result of driver error, but there are a number of additional factors that can increase the risk for collisions at intersections:
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Obstructed views
- Improper merging
- Running a stop sign or red light
- Distracted driving
Furthermore, many intersections are places where motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic all meet. This likewise increases the risk for severe injuries in the event of a collision.
Dangerous Intersections in the Cincinnati and Dayton Areas
Based on municipal accident data and media reports, the following lists highlight some of the most dangerous intersections in the greater Cincinnati and Dayton areas.
10 Dangerous Intersections in Cincinnati
According to a WCPO News report, more than a dozen of Ohio’s 100 most dangerous intersections are in the greater Cincinnati area. These interchanges include:
- Reading Road at East Liberty Avenue
- Burnet Avenue at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
- Glenway Avenue through Western Hills Plaza
- Ohio Pike at Amelia Place
- Dixie Highway near Eastgate Boulevard
- Madison Road at the Red Bank Expressway
- Spring Grove Avenue at Winton Road
- Colerain Avenue at West North Bend Road
- Dixie Highway near Woodridge Boulevard
- Pleasant Avenue at John Gray Road
These intersections were singled out as dangerous based on total crashes, injuries and fatalities recorded by the Ohio Department of Public Safety over a three-year period.
10 Dangerous Intersections in Dayton
Although Dayton’s population is roughly half that of Cincinnati, it is likewise home to some of the most dangerous intersections in Ohio. As a Dayton Daily News article about hazardous intersections notes, 11 of the state’s 100 worst intersections are in Montgomery County, which houses less than 5 percent of the state’s population.
Among Dayton’s most dangerous intersections are:
- West Third Street at James H. McGee Boulevard
- Salem Avenue at Philadelphia Drive
- North Main Street at Siebenthaler Avenue
- Brandt Pike at Needmore/Harshman roads
- Philadelphia Drive at Siebenthaler Avenue
- James H. McGee Boulevard at Philadelphia Drive
- Wayne Avenue at Wyoming Avenue
- North Gettysburg Avenue at James H. McGee
- Linden Avenue at South Smithville Road
- North Gettysburg Avenue at Free Pike
These intersections were rated as dangerous based on an assessment of total crashes, injuries and fatalities.
Experienced Legal Help for Injury Victims
While it’s advisable to use extra caution at the intersections detailed here, it’s important to understand that collisions can occur at any intersection.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a crash caused by another driver’s negligence, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Young, Reverman & Mazzei are here to help. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping injury victims recover the financial security they need to move forward with their lives.
Call us today at 513-721-1200 or contact us online for your free consultation. Our attorneys can help you understand your legal options, and we work on a contingent-fee basis, which means you don’t pay unless we successfully resolve your case.
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