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Most Dangerous Intersections in Chicago

The packed avenues and sidewalks often create safety hazards for many Chicagoans as they travel throughout the city.

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Chicago is one of the fastest and most heavily populated areas in the country. People from all walks of life flock to our city in search of amazing architecture, magnificent museums and new careers. Even though the city of Chicago’s population has decreased, the number of people commuting into the city for work has still stayed about the same. Because of this, Chicago has certainly never been known for empty streets.

But while many enjoy the hustle and bustle of our midwestern metropolis, it does come at a price. The packed avenues and sidewalks often create safety hazards for many Chicagoans as they travel throughout the city. Here are some of the most dangerous intersections within the Windy City:

For Chicago Pedestrian Accidents

In 2013, 29 pedestrian fatalities occurred on the streets of Chicago. (In Illinois, there were 4,700 reported pedestrian crashes.) Of every pedestrian-related crash in Chicago last year, 78% occurred within 125 feet of an intersection. The majority of the crashes occurred during 3:00pm and 6:00pm with the second highest time being from 6:00pm until 9:00pm. The top three most hazardous Chicago intersections for pedestrians are:

  1. North Milwaukee Avenue, West North Avenue, and Damen Avenue;
  2. North Cicero Avenue and West Chicago Avenue; and
  3. North Halsted, North Lincoln Avenue and West Fullerton Avenue.

The top three most hazardous suburban intersections for pedestrians are:

  1. North McCormick Boulevard and West Touhy Avenue (Skokie);
  2. South Cicero Avenue and West Cermak Road (Cicero); and
  3. U.S. Route 12 and West Cermak Road (Westchester).

For Chicago Car Accidents

Chicago streets don’t just pose a danger to those traveling on foot, as intersections create problems for motorists as well. The sheer number of drivers in the downtown area presents a hazardous condition. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the three most dangerous Chicago intersections are:

  1. Stony Island Avenue & South Chicago Avenue;
  2. Western Avenue & Peterson Avenue; and
  3. Kedzie Avenue & Belmont Avenue.

For Chicago Bicycle Accidents

There are more than 15,000 Chicago residents who traverse the city via bicycle each day.  The Chicago Department of Transportation reports that about 55% of bicycle-related accidents occur at intersections. At least one-third of all of Chicagoland’s bicycle related injuries occur in the neighborhoods north and northwest of the Loop. The following are the most risky intersections for bicyclists:

  1. Halsted & Fullerton;
  2. Milwaukee & Fullerton; and
  3. Elston & Fullerton.

Whether you travel our fair city by bike, foot, or car, it always in your best interest to stay alert. Chicago provides plenty of distractions and you are safest when you don’t add to them. Avoid crossing intersections while looking at your phone, don’t let your music drown out your surroundings, and pay attention to traffic signals. It is best for everyone that we keep our streets safe. If you have been injured as the result of traveling around Chicago, give us a call and we will evaluate your case for free.

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