Staying Safe in the Most Dangerous Intersections in the Milwaukee Area
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Jan 18, 2019 in Car Accidents
Last spring, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on some of the most dangerous, crash-prone intersections in the Milwaukee area. The Journal Sentinel reported on crash statistics from 2012 to 2016, showing the high number of crashes and injuries at these intersections. Below, we discuss some of these dangerous intersections and what you can do to help improve your chances of safely moving through these areas.
The Milwaukee car accident attorneys at PKSD want you to stay safe on the road, but if a crash occurs, contact us to schedule a free consultation. There is no obligation to take legal action so there is no risk to you.
Some of the most dangerous intersections in the Milwaukee area include:
Interstate 41/Highway 45 and Capitol Drive in Wauwatosa
This intersection was listed as the most dangerous one in the Journal Sentinel report. This intersection was responsible for 218 accidents between 2012 and 2016, resulting in 87 injuries.
This intersection is particularly dangerous because it has three levels of traffic, including the east-west traffic, turning traffic and the freeway section. This can lead drivers to be confused about right-of-way rules. Regulators are aware of the dangers of this intersection and have worked in recent years to improve safety.
I-94 and Highway 164 in Pewaukee
This intersection was responsible for 161 accidents between 2012 and 2016 resulting in 57 injuries. On a daily basis, there are approximately 39,900 vehicles passing through this area.
Silver Spring Drive and Port Washington Road by Bayshore Town Center
This intersection was sixth on the list. The large number of vehicles in this area is the main reason why there are so many accidents at this intersection. The close proximity of the Bayshore Mall also adds traffic. Distracted driving in this heavily congested area may also be partially to blame for this intersection being considered so dangerous.
Interstate 94 and Highway 82 in Delafield
This intersection is also a source of multiple converging roadways, including Golf Road, Heritage Drive and Hillside Drive. Additionally, two I-94 off-ramps converge on the road. Some accidents occur when drivers get off these ramps and are trying to turn right. Red-light-running also accounts for some of the accidents at this intersection.
West Greenfield Avenue and Moorland Road near Brookfield and New Berlin
This intersection was the busiest one on the list. Every day, 62,200 motorists use the roadway. It was number four on the list and was the site of a pedestrian fatality in 2006. Improvements have been made over the years, but there is no more space to add to the area.
Safe Driving Tips at Intersections
There are several safety tips that you can follow to reduce the likelihood that you will be involved in an intersection accident, including the following:
- Get in the right lane well before the time you are looking to turn at an intersection
- Stay out of the blind spots of other drivers
- Use your turn signal to indicate your intentions
- Avoid distractions like talking on your cellphone or listening to loud music
- Leave distance between your vehicle and those in front of you
- Watch for brake lights of vehicles in front of you
- Do not rush to get through a stop light
- Look for traffic signs, signals, crosswalks and bike lanes
- Watch all vehicles around you
- Follow right-of-way rules
- Do not enter an intersection that is backed up
- Do not change lanes in the middle of an intersection
Contact a Milwaukee Auto Accident Attorney to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you were injured at a Milwaukee intersection, it is important that you have the help of an experienced lawyer. Our experienced attorneys at PKSD can review the circumstances of your accident during a free consultation. If you have a viable negligence claim, we can investigate to determine the identity of all responsible parties and pursue compensation from them.
Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, so there are no upfront costs and no payment for fees due unless we help you recover compensation for your claim.
Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.