15 of the Worst, Most Dangerous Intersections in Utah

Even if you’re an experienced driver, approaching an intersection can still make you nervous – and with good reason.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an agency of the Department of Transportation that studies trends and patterns in auto accidents, roughly 40% of the estimated 5,811,000 U.S. crashes that took place in 2008 involved intersections: about 2,324,400 accidents.  So where are the most dangerous intersections in your city?  Salt Lake City intersection accident lawyer Darwin Overson counts down 15 of the worst intersections in Utah.  This is one list you definitely don’t want to see your town included on.

5 of the Worst Intersections in Utah for Car Crashes

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It doesn’t matter if your town has 1,000 residents or 100,000 – big or small, you can find dangerous intersections throughout the state of Utah.  And, thanks to recent data supplied by the Utah Department of Transportation, it’s possible to pinpoint exactly where many of them are located.  According to UDOT data, some of the most dangerous intersections in Utah include:

  1. West Jordan – Redwood Road and 9000 South
    • In 2016, FOX 13 reported that the intersection of 9000 South and Redwood Road in West Jordan saw a total of 266 crashes from January 2013 through the end of May 2016.  That’s an average of about six and a half accidents per month.  “It needs to be improved.  I won’t stay away from it,” said West Jordan resident Bryce Bowls, “but you just use extra caution.”
  2. Salt Lake City – 400 South (University Boulevard) and I-15 (Veterans Memorial Highway)
    • 294 accidents were reported at this hectic intersection near downtown Salt Lake City and its Poplar Grove neighborhood.
  3. West Valley City – 3500 South and I-215
    • There were 346 accidents reported at this busy intersection during the 41-month time period.  “Wow,” local man Brandon Johnson told reporters, “I didn’t realize it was that dangerous.”
  4. Orem – University Parkway and I-15
    • UDOT counted 374 accidents at this intersection during the same time period, for an average of about nine crashes each month.
  5. Provo – Center Street and I-15
    1. A total of 413 auto accidents occurred at this intersection during the period from January 2013 through May 2016.  On average, that’s about 10 accidents every month, or about one every three days.  “It’s a busy intersection,” said local resident Max Rodier, adding that he “wouldn’t be surprised” by such a high number.

UDOT Ranks Top 10 Utah Highway Intersections with the Most Auto Accidents

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The Utah Department of Transportation used crash data from 2013 to 2015 to rank the top 10 worst highway intersections.  The rankings below are based on total crashes, but also include separate data about severe crashes.

Hopefully, you won’t recognize any of these intersections from your town or city – but if you do, take extra caution next time you approach.

  1. West Valley City – 4700 South and Bangerter Highway
    • Total Crashes – 104
    • Severe Crashes – 0 
  2. West Jordan – 9000 South and Bangerter Highway
    • Total Crashes – 105
    • Severe Crashes – 4
  3. Salt Lake City – 5400 South and 2700 West
    • Total Crashes – 106
    • Severe Crashes – 1
  4. Midvale – 900 East and Fort Union Boulevard
    • Total Crashes – 110
    • Severe Crashes – 8
  5. Murray – 5300 South and Commerce Drive
    • Total Crashes – 111
    • Severe Crashes – 1
  6. West Valley City – 3500 South and I-215 (southbound/eastbound ramps)
    • Total Crashes – 113
    • Severe Crashes – 0
  7. Taylorsville – Taylorsville Expressway and 500 West
    • Total Crashes – 114
    • Severe Crashes – 0
  8. Taylorsville – Redwood Road and 4100 South
    • Total Crashes – 120
    • Severe Crashes – 3
  9. West Valley City – Redwood Road and 3500 South
    • Total Crashes – 125
    • Severe Crashes – 2
  10. Murray – State Street and 4500 South
    • Total Crashes – 166
    • Severe Crashes – 5

Were You Injured in a Car Accident at an Intersection in Salt Lake City?

The data paints a clear picture.  Intersections can be extremely hazardous, and account for a huge number of avoidable car crashes every year.

If you, your spouse, or one of your family members was hurt in a car crash that happened at an intersection in Midvale, Murray, Orem, Provo, Salt Lake City, Taylorsville, West Valley City, or any other location in Utah, you should talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.  You may be able to get compensated for your injuries, including your medical bills, lost income, and other expenses.

Darwin Overson is a Salt Lake City car accident attorney handling auto accident claims throughout the state, including truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, and more.  With over 33 years of experience, he works on cases involving rear-end collisions, head-on collisions, sideswipe accidents, side-impact collisions (T-bone accidents), and many other types of crashes and collisions.  To talk about your claim in a free legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 today.

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