UPDATE: These are the most dangerous intersections in the United States

10/06/17 06:54 AM EDT

By Rachel Koning Beals

About 20 miles northeast of Philadelphia, in beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the town of Bensalem boasts a casino, a horse track, scenic trails, water parks -- and the most dangerous intersection in the country.

That notorious ranking, and each state's most dangerous intersections, were determined from data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a Time Magazine report (its data covered 2003 through 2012) and the crowdsourcing website badintersections.com. Chicago law firm Rubens and Kress recently laid out those findings on this U.S. map, using additional sources. Some guessing is required, but you can view the larger explanation here (https://www.chicagoworkcomp.com/news/most-dangerous-intersection-each-state/).

Highly populated cities, including the metro areas around them -- New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Phoenix -- are also home to the most dangerous intersections in their respective states. Little surprise, perhaps, that population density and with it, more people on the road, boosts the likelihood of fatal traffic accidents.

Yet, on the flip side, Wyoming is both the least populated state (ranked 50th) and the most dangerous state for drivers, with a reported 25.7 deaths for every 100,000 people. Since the density of people isn't the case, other factors for the high accident rate include what kind of road people are traveling on. In rural areas, roads tend to be less safe, people tend to not wear seat belts and the likeliness of colliding with a wild animal is far greater, according to the report.

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Interestingly, the cities with lowest accident numbers are mostly on the East Coast, including Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Poor weather can be a big contributor to accidents but it can also limit the amount of time spent driving, thus lowering the opportunities for collisions.

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Human error plays a major role in causing accidents. According to NHTSA's data, in 2015, Texas had the most fatalities due to speeding with 3,516; the lowest number was Washington D.C., which had 23 that year.

-Rachel Koning Beals; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com

 

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