Although it may not be possible to avoid traveling on dangerous roads with a high number of crashes, it is still important to be informed about them. This way you can use extra caution and drive defensively to help reduce the risk of being involved in an accident that may cause serious injuries.
Below, our car accident lawyers in Green Bay discuss some of the most dangerous roadways in and around the area based on local city and county data as well as safe driving habits to avoid a crash. We previously discussed how drivers can stay safe traveling through dangerous intersections in Appleton.
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The Green Bay area is part of Brown County and North of Appleton. According to a traffic safety report for Brown County released by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), over 6,400 drivers were involved in a crash in 2020, resulting in almost 1,400 injuries and 17 fatalities. December saw the highest number of crashes while July saw the highest number of injuries and fatalities.
While crashes can happen anywhere at any time, there are some roadways that are more prone to accidents than others. Some dangerous roadways in the Green Bay area include:
Military Ave and Mason St
This intersection has a high number of accidents despite the speed limit being 35 miles per hour. The left turn signals for north and southbound traffic only have green or red lights. There is no flashing yellow light for drivers to proceed through the intersection when they do not see approaching traffic.
Most crashes happen because a driver tries to run a yellow or red light. When the light turns yellow, drivers often fail to slow down and brake within a safe distance before reaching the intersection. Drivers tend to increase their speed through the intersection because they are impatient to wait at the light.
Mason St and Packerland Rd
This intersection does not have the highest risk of crashes but it is a heavily trafficked stretch of road. Hundreds of cars travel through the area on a daily basis. The speed limit is also 35 miles per hour, but many drivers decide to speed or fail to adjust their speed during inclement weather.
Most crashes happen because drivers are going too fast for conditions and end up sliding off the road.
Military Ave and U.S.141/Mason St and S.R. 32
These are the Green Bay intersections with the highest risk of alcohol and drug-related crashes. On average, about 141 people in Brown County are injured or killed in a crash involving an impaired driver every year. Drivers who decide to get behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol or drugs can cause serious accidents.
Dousman St and Broadway/Baird St and Mason St
These are especially dangerous roads for cyclists and pedestrians. Within the last five years, 168 cyclists and 242 pedestrians have been injured or killed in an accident in Brown County.
The intersection of Dousman and Broadway is the top area for bicycle-related crashes while Baird and Mason Streets is one of the riskiest intersections for pedestrian-related crashes. If you are on foot or riding a bicycle on these roadways, use extra caution and do not assume that a driver can see you.
Mason St and Packerland Dr/Main Ave and Eights St
These intersections have the greatest number of injuries and fatal crashes involving teen drivers. Both county and statewide, teen drivers are responsible for 21 percent of crashes.
Driving Habits to Reduce the Risk of a Crash
In order to reduce the risk of a crash, it is important to be a responsible driver and practice safe driving every single day. This means driving defensively, especially in highly congested traffic.
How does one drive defensively?
Do not assume that other drivers will be cautious, will see you approaching, or will check their blind spots before merging or changing lanes. Tailgating or following another car too closely often happens in heavily trafficked areas. Be sure to keep a safe distance between your car and the car in front of you while on the road. Drivers who tailgate can cause a rear-end crash, resulting in serious back and neck injuries.
Following the posted speed limit is another important part of being a defensive driver. Drivers who speed have even less time to react, slow down or come to a full stop as safely as possible.
Additionally, do not engage in distracted driving. Examples include using your cellphone, eating or adjusting the radio or GPS. In Wisconsin, texting while driving is illegal. If you must use your cellphone, be sure to pull over to a safe area, such as a rest area or gas station.
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