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Avoiding a Crash While Driving Through Baltimore’s Most Dangerous Intersections

Posted on behalf of Peter T. Nicholl in Car Accidents Mar 30, 2021

overhead shot of intersection during rush hourSome of the worst crashes happen in intersections, often when drivers are turning left or right. While any intersection can be dangerous, every city has certain intersections that are more dangerous than others.

Even if you do not regularly travel through Baltimore’s most dangerous intersections, you should know where they are so you can be cautious when you do. It is also important to know why these intersections are dangerous and why crashes typically occur.

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Baltimore Intersections with a High Risk for a Crash

These are some of the most dangerous intersections in the Baltimore area, as there are many crashes at these intersections each year.

Reisterstown Road and Gwynn Falls Parkway

This may be the most dangerous intersection in the city. There is so much traffic that drivers spend a lot of time waiting for the lights to change. This seems to breed a lot of impatience and chaos that may contribute to many of the crashes. In 2015 there were 46 injury crashes at this intersection, according to data collected at the federal level.

Unfortunately, driver often disobey traffic signals and other rules of the road, possibly due to their impatience.

If possible, you may want to avoid this intersection entirely, as many drivers do.

While this intersection with Gwynn Falls Parkway is particularly dangerous, there are others that see a significant number of crashes. This includes the following streets that intersect with Gwynn Falls Parkway:

  • Auchentoroly Terrace
  • Denison Street
  • Garrison Boulevard
  • Dukeland Street
  • Warwick Avenue

Kenwood Avenue and Monument Street

In 2020, the Baltimore Department of Transportation said this intersection may have had the highest frequency of crashes in the say. In the fall, residents told Fox45 News there were three crashes in there weeks.

Between 2018 and 2020 there were 73 calls to 911 about car accidents. There were more than 30 crashes over those two years, according to FOX45.

The car accidents have not only resulted in buildings being hit, but also pedestrians. In August 2020, a 10-year-old girl and five-year-old boy were hit by a car that jumped the curb. Fortunately, both survived.

West Cold Spring Lane at Jones Falls Expressway

The exit onto West Cold Spring Lane breaks off into two routes, and that may be a source of confusion. Unfortunately, when drivers get confused, they often make dangerous maneuvers. For example, they may try to change lanes at the last second because they are not sure where they are supposed to be going. This could easily lead to a sideswipe or rear-end crash.

In 2015 alone there were 34 injury crashes at this intersection.

Northern Parkway at Jones Falls Expressway

Many of the crashes at this intersection are due to speeding. Unfortunately, drivers often do not slow down in heavy traffic, even though this might reduce the risk of a dangerous crash.

Whenever you have an intersection of two major highways, there is likely to be a greater risk for a crash.

Orleans Street at Gay and Ensor Streets

This can be a confusing intersection as traffic is coming from so many different directions. There is also a high volume of traffic. If you mix heavy traffic and confusion for drivers, you are bound to see a significant number of crashes.

South Monroe Street at Washington Boulevard

With four traffic lights and five lanes moving in four different directions, it is easy to see why there is a high risk for crashes. In 2015 alone, 27 injury accidents were reported at this intersection.

Preventing a Crash in a Dangerous Intersection

There are some practical steps you can take to help reduce your risk of a crash when approaching and passing a dangerous intersection, such as the ones above.

For example, do not follow the vehicle in front of you too closely. If you have more space in front of you, you should have more time to slow down or stop or even to make a maneuver away from trouble.

Obeying the posted speed limit is also important. If you speed, you will have less time to react to trouble. You should not speed up to get through the light before it turns red. It is better to come to a stop and wait for the light to change.

If you need to make a turn, make sure you have enough time to do so. If you are unsure, wait to make the turn. Let the approaching vehicle pass.

Make sure to use your turn signal to alert other drivers to your intentions. However, you need to use your signal at the appropriate time. If you do it too soon, you may confuse the driver behind you.

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