Living on the Edge – The Five Most Dangerous Intersections in America

Do You Live Near Any Of The Most Dangerous Intersections In America?

Updated October 19, 2018

With little thought, anyone who has lived in a major city might name an intersection in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Washington DC as the most dangerous intersection in the country. Chicago, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh are also good choices, and almost everyone can name an intersection or two in their home town they would like to see bulldozed.

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Using 2001 data, State Farm developed a list of the most dangerous intersections in America. Let’s just go by state here, as many of these problems have already been fixed.

1. Florida
2. Pennsylvania
3. Pennsylvania
4. Arizona, and
5. Oklahoma

Kudos to Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Oklahoma for cleaning up these roads.

By 2008, Forbes found what anyone who has ever driven in New York City would expect; and the winners are:

1. Bronx, NY: Cross Bronx Expressway/I-95 at Bronx River Parkway
2. San Rafael, CA: I-580 at Bellam Boulevard
3. Bronx, NY: Cross Bronx Expressway/I 95 at I-895/Sheridan Expressway
4. Bronx, NY: Cross Bronx Expressway/I-95 at White Plains Rd
5. New York City, NY: Harlem River Drive at 3rd Ave

The conclusion is obvious… no one should be driving in New York City.

Even so, we all know danger abounds in every state in America. What can we do avoid dangerous intersections?


*Avoid rush hour

In most large cities, rush hour runs from 6:30 – 9:30 am and 3:30 – 7:00 pm. If at all possible, plan your trip around these hours. If feasible, you might even arrive a day early to a conference to avoid the rush.

*Find a different route

There are many ways to get to the same place in a large city. It’s easier if you’re a native, but with some planning, you can find a route that avoids the dangerous intersections.

*Give yourself enough time

A rule of thumb in Washington DC is to double the time needed to drive, if you’re traveling during rush hour, or using routes under construction. If you can, ask a native how long to plan your trip for, than add 30%. If the weather is bad, however, all bets are off.


*If you’re in New York City don’t drive

Although a cab can be expensive, it’s no worse than hours stuck in traffic. And if you drive to your destination on time and in one piece, the parking will cost as much as a cab anyway.

*Practice meditation

Road rage feels really good when it’s happening, but the costs – possibly ending up in jail or the hospital – aren’t worth it. Remember there are thousands of drivers on the same road who feel like you, and be tolerant of each other.

*Drive a safe car

If you must drive into one of the most dangerous roads in America, especially on a regular basis (which thousands of people do), be sure to check out the car safety rating for your car. In the next installment, we’ll cover safe car buying tips.

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