No matter how much a person likes his or her job, the morning and evening commutes can be a real headache. Traffic jams are only the tip of the iceberg. Other drivers behave recklessly, by speeding, ignoring traffic signals and signs or by making illegal U-turns. Unfortunately, such negligence can make an intersection particularly dangerous. Massachusetts residents may be interested to hear of a recent report that examined which intersections in the state are the most dangerous.
According to one report by NBC Boston, the intersection of Columbia Road at the Southeast Expressway, located in the Dorchester area of Boston is the most dangerous intersection in Massachusetts. A decade’s worth of data, from 2003 to 2013 reveals that there were 296 reported car accidents at that intersection, 78 of which caused injuries.
The intersection of Route 128 and the Middlesex Turnpike in Burlington saw the second highest number of accidents, at 295 collisions. Coming in at number three of the most dangerous intersections in the state was the Milton intersection of Granite Avenue and the Expressway, where 245 accidents occurred.
The fourth intersection in the state that was most likely to see a crash was where Boston’s North Washington Street intersected with the Central Artery. Here, 232 accidents occurred.
Finally, the Woburn intersection of Interstate 93 and Route 128 saw the fifth highest number of accidents at 225 collisions. In addition, Worcester along with a number of other areas had intersections in which over 100 crashes were reported.
According to some commuters, other drivers fail to obey traffic signals, engage in texting and driving, or simply do not pay attention to their surroundings. One police officer believes that motorists must drive slower and refrain from making illegal U-turns to make these intersections safer.
In the end, it is up to all drivers to operate their vehicles in a safe manner. Should they fail to do so and cause an accident, they may find themselves facing a lawsuit.
Source: NBC Boston, “Danger Zones: The Worst Intersections in Massachusetts,” Karen Hensel, March 23, 2017