Fifteen years ago, State Farm Insurance conducted a study on crashes in and around the St. Louis area to determine the city’s most dangerous intersections. The study based the list on the number of car accident claims filed by their customers in the St. Louis area, multiplied by a factor of the percentage of cars insured by State Farm in the areas the crashes occurred.
At the time, State Farm was pushing a program to focus attention on intersection safety. The insurance company had pledged to make several million dollars available to communities to conduct studies and enhance safety at specific risky intersections.
Certainly, after fifteen years, things would have changed, but we thought we’d look at St. Louis’s most dangerous intersections of 1999, and see if safety has improved since then.
#1. Clarkson Road & Manchester Road (Ellisville, MO)
The most dangerous St. Louis-area intersection is Clarkson Rd. and Manchester Rd. (Route 100). Located just west of St. Louis in Ellisville, Missouri, the intersection saw an estimated 155 crashes. Remember, this is back in 1999.
Since the study, a red light camera has been installed at the dangerous intersections. Ellisville began equipping several intersections with red-light cameras because they have been proven to reduce T-Bone accidents in several studies.
In 2014, cities across the country started to remove red light cameras. The Wall Street Journal reported a 6% drop in use by U.S. cities. That same year, Ellisville City Council voted to remove all red light cameras in intersections. There was quite a bit of backlash from safety advocates during the decision, but as Fox News reported, the cameras are coming down for now.
The intersection of Clarkson and Manchester remains one of the most dangerous intersections in the state of Missouri.
#2. Fee Fee Rd. and Olive Blvd. (Creve Coeur)
In 1999, the intersection of Fee Fee Road and Olive Blvd was the second most dangerous in St. Louis with approximately 106 crashes. Based on the looks of it these days, we’re not surprised.
Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers Law Firm’s Creve Coeur office is located just a few blocks East of the intersection, and many of our attorneys, paralegals, and staff pass it every single day. Its proximity to office parks make it a high-traffic area during peak commuting hours.
(If this information made you nervous about an upcoming appointment at that office, let us know. We can get you in touch with someone who knows a better route)
#3. Mason Rd. and Olive Blvd. (Creve Coeur)
Coming in at number 3 for most dangerous St. Louis intersection is the intersection of Mason Rd. and Olive Blvd. This is right where Barnes-Jewish Hospital is located and, right behind the hospital, our law firm.
In 1999, there were 88 crashes at Olive and Mason. There has been quite a bit of work done on this intersection since 1999, and this could be as a result of the study, but that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. On busy streets, take extra care to stay focused on the road.
#4. Craig Rd. and Olive Blvd. (Creve Coeur)
Olive Boulevard appears yet again on this list. This time at the intersection with Craig Rd in Creve Coeur. Still a busy street today, Olive was certainly something to be reckoned with in 1999. That year, the intersection of Olive and Craig rd. saw 88 crashes. Creve Coeur has done a lot of work on its intersections in the past 15 years, but the sheer number of drivers on the road is always a hazard.
Avoiding Accidents at Intersections
T-bone accidents can be some of the worst accidents we see on surface streets. You want to be especially aware of your surroundings when you’re driving near particularly busy intersections.
- Don’t assume that people know you have the right-of-way. Perhaps you have a green arrow and the oncoming traffic has a red light. While you certainly have the right-of-way, a driver turning right on red may not be paying attention.
- Check all directions when turning right on red. On the same coin, if you’re the one turning right on red, make sure that no one from the other direction of traffic is turning left. You’ll also want to make sure that the light for everyone else hasn’t just turned when you arrived. While you might be able to get up to speed in time, it’s good to know what to expect.
- Watch for rushing cars and trucks. If you’re the first one in line at a red light, take note of cross traffic. Many times, people stare intently at the light until it turns green. Once it does, they accelerate the instant it changes. If someone was just trying to rush through at a yellow light, they might not be able to stop in time.
- Watch for pedestrians. Some of the most deadly surface street crashes involve pedestrians or people on bikes. Don’t risk someone else’s life because you’re in a hurry.
If you’re injured in a t-bone or other accident at one of these deadly St. Louis intersections (or any intersection), contact an attorney as soon as possible. If the property damage and injuries are minor, you may not need to hire a lawyer, but you’ll have a better understanding of what to expect when you call the other driver’s insurance company. At Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers, consultations are free, so there’s no risk in learning your options. 314.444.4444.