A new study reveals that the most dangerous intersection in New Jersey is the East Jersey Street and Spring Street (Route 9) intersection in Elizabeth. The study—produced by Time Magazine—used data collected between 2003 and 2012. It analyzed the number of fatal vehicle accidents across the nation that occurred within 150 feet of each other and accidents that occurred at the crossing of two roads. During the ten-year time period, there were six fatal accidents at the dangerous New Jersey intersection.
The most dangerous intersection in the country is the Knights Road and Street Road intersection in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. According to a 2008 traffic audit, it was the site of seven fatal crashes (and at least six more since the audit) during the ten-year period because of poor signage, dim lighting, discontinuous sidewalks, aggressive drivers and jaywalkers.
One of the audit’s authors stated that there is a lot of volume in that area—more than 36,000 vehicles travel on Street Road each day—which leads to an increased likelihood of accidents. He also cited the layout of the roads, which do not form a traditional 90-degree intersection, as a contributing factor to the high number of car accidents. A regional planning commission has suggested that the intersection be completely redesigned to improve traffic flow.
About 40 percent of the estimated 5,811,000 crashes that occurred in the U.S. in 2008 were intersection-related crashes, according to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and data from the National Automotive Sampling System-General Estimates System (NASS-GES). Most of those intersection-related crashes were due to driver-attributed critical reasons including:
Inadequate surveillance (44.1 percent)
False assumption of another’s actions (8.4 percent)
Turning with an obstructed view (7.8 percent)
Illegal maneuvers (6.8 percent)
Internal distraction (5.7 percent)
Misjudgment of gap or another’s speed (5.5 percent)
More than 40,000 Americans were fatally injured and approximately 4.6 million were injured in car accidents in 2016, the deadliest year for American roads in nearly a decade, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). To combat these alarming statistics, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has implemented strategies to address intersection safety such as engineering-based geometric design and application of traffic control devices.
Intersection safety is considered a national, state and local priority. The FHWA, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the American Automobile Association (AAA) and other organizations continue to develop and employ strategies to make intersections safer.
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