Are you driving through some of the deadliest highways and intersections in the Triangle and don’t know it? What areas do you need to be driving defensively?
The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, also known as “The Triangle,” continues to experience a population growth. Over the past 10 years, Wake County’s population has grown by 26%. Compared to other counties in the U.S. at the last census, Wake County is only second to Austin, Texas in terms of top fastest growing counties with 1,000,000+ residents. Between 2010 to 2015, Raleigh’s population grew by 14%!
Unfortunately, this rapid growth meant more people are driving on the roads, and more car accidents have occurred as a result. However, car accidents are occurring at a disproportionate rate — about a 45% increase overall, according to WRAL.
The Most Dangerous Intersections in Raleigh
Based on reports from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), there are dozens of intersections where crash rates are higher than those in the area. As you may suspect If you drive through them frequently, you may already suspect high-volume roads like Wake Forest Road, Capital Boulevard, and Western Boulevard are on the list.
According to the most recent reports from the NCDOT, below are the top 5 areas in Raleigh where the most accidents have occurred between 2014 to 2018:
- Capital Boulevard/I-440 interchange in north Raleigh
- Wake Forest Road/I-440 interchange
- Interstate 40 at South Saunders Street in south Raleigh
- New Bern Avenue/I-440 interchange in east Raleigh
- Glenwood Avenue/I-440 interchange near Crabtree Valley Mall (the intersection of Blue Ridge Road and Glenwood Avenue also take first place with the most frequent crashes occurring there)
In contrast, below are the areas in Raleigh where the crashes have been most severe between 2014 to 2018:
- The intersection of Corporation Parkway and New Hope Road in east Raleigh
- Dawson Street at South Street downtown
- Falls of Neuse Road at Common Oaks Drive in north Raleigh
The Most Dangerous Intersections in Durham
In Durham, the most crash-prone intersections between 2014 to 2018 are listed below:
- I-40/Fayetteville Road near Southpoint Mall
- I-40/NC 55
- I-85/Guess Road
- I-40/US 15-501
- I-40/NC 54
- Roxboro St/Durham Freeway
- I-85/N. Roxboro Road
- Wake Forest Highway/Holloway St
When traffic engineers identify where crashes are most severe, they are able to provide crash mitigation efforts like adding red light cameras, making stop lights more visible to drivers, and restricting turn lanes to help reduce crash rates. Click here for a map of where NCDOT Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) projects can be found.
8 Tips on How to Drive Defensively if You Are in a High-Crash Volume Area
If you frequent these intersections and areas in the Triangle, driving defensively is key to ensuring your and others’ safety. Practice the following tips below:
- FOCUS! That text or call can wait. Minimize being on your phone or fiddling with the air conditioning or the radio especially when you’re at one of these dangerous areas.
- Expect other drivers to drive badly.
- Follow the speed limit.
- Buckle up!
- Yield to other drivers if you are in doubt as to who should go.
- Don’t try to race the yellow light. Slow down.
- Always use your blinkers.
- Do not tailgate other drivers.
North Carolina Triangle Car Crash Lawyers
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is ready to help you if you were injured by another driver’s negligence. We may be able to help you get compensation. We’ll evaluate your case for free, and we don’t collect an attorney’s fee unless we get compensation for you. If you’ve been in an auto accident in North Carolina, call us at 1-866-900-7078 or contact us here.