The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that approximately 40 percent of accidents nationwide occur at intersections. Intersections are dangerous for many reasons.
- Traffic is moving in multiple directions, increasing the risk of colliding with other vehicles.
- Some intersections are poorly designed or in poorly lit areas, making it difficult for drivers to see, especially at night.
- Distracted driving or drunk driving can lead drivers to run red lights and stop signs or fail to yield to other vehicles.
- Aggressive driving (speeding, impatience) can similarly increase the risk of accidents at intersections.
Ranking the Most Dangerous Intersections
The Collegiate Times posted a list of the most dangerous intersections in Virginia based on the fatal and injury potential for safety improvement (PSI) number of each intersection. The fatal and injury PSI compares the expected number of accidents involving an injury or fatality to the actual number from 2010 to 2012. More dangerous intersections have higher fatal and injury PSI numbers.
The state of Virginia is made up of seven Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) construction districts plus Montgomery County. The Collegiate Times determined the 15 most dangerous intersections in each area.
According to their research, the following were the most dangerous intersections in the Richmond Construction District, home to Richmond and Petersburg:
Oaklawn Blvd. and Crossings Blvd.
Located in Prince George County, this is the most dangerous intersection in the Richmond Construction District based on fatal and injury PSI. The annual average daily traffic (AADT) at this intersection totals 3,999, meaning there were nearly 4,000 vehicles passing through each day. There were 52 crashes at this intersection, 32 of which involved fatalities or injuries.
Midlothian Turnpike and Turner Rd.
This intersection is in Chesterfield County and is the second most dangerous intersection in the Richmond Construction District based on its fatal & injury PSI. It has an AADT of 6,008 and saw 61 accidents, 30 of which involved a fatality or injury.
W. Hundred Rd. and Meadowville Rd.
With an AADT of 2,991 and 31 crashes, many of which involved fatalities and injuries, this intersection in Chesterfield County is the third most dangerous intersection in the Richmond Construction District.
Courthouse Rd. and Hull Street Rd.
This intersection, located in Chesterfield County, has heavy traffic with an AADT of 16,290. Out of the 92 crashes that occurred here, 31 of them were fatal and injury crashes.
Staples Mill Rd. and Dickens Rd.
This Henrico County intersection is the fifth most dangerous intersection in the district. It has an AADT of 3,403 and was the location of 39 accidents.
Otterdale Rd. and Hull Street Rd.
The sixth most dangerous intersection in the Richmond Construction District is located in Chesterfield County and has an AADT of 1,378. Out of the 27 crashes that occurred here from 2010 to 2012, 15 of them were fatal and injury accidents.
Hull Street Rd. and Hey Rd.
This intersection is located in the city of Richmond and was the location of 48 accidents, 17 of which were fatal or caused injuries. The AADT for this location is 1,930.
Cedar Fork Rd. and Creighton Rd.
This intersection has an AADT of 4,747 and is located in Henrico County. Out of the 24 accidents that occurred from 2010 to 2012, 17 were fatal and injury crashes.
Hull Street Rd. and Winterpock Rd.
The ninth most dangerous intersection in the district, located in Chesterfield County, has an AADT of 5,604. There were 61 crashes from 2010 to 2012 and 19 of them were fatal and injury crashes.
Glenside Dr. and W. Broad St.
This intersection has a large AADT of 12,672 and a total of 66 accidents from 2010 to 2012. Of these accidents, 29 were fatal and injury crashes.
Injured in an Accident? Call Tronfeld West & Durrett
The attorneys at Tronfeld West & Durrett know how an intersection accident can change your life forever. While some accidents that occur at intersections are minor fender benders, a lot of these wrecks cause severe injuries like traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries. Victims may face mounting medical bills, be unable to work, and experience significant emotional and psychological effects of their injuries.
If you were in an accident at an intersection and wish to pursue a personal injury claim to recover compensation for these and other damages, call us at 804-358-6741 to set up a free consultation to discuss your case.