North America has some dangerous intersections and the most dangerous is in Pennsylvania, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on fatal traffic accidents. The most dangerous intersection is in Bensalem, PA, where Knights Road crosses Street Road. It’s in a commercial corridor in Bucks County, fringed by a Subway sandwich shop and a gas station, not too far from a Kohl’s. It was the sight of 7 fatal crashes during a 10 year period.

What makes for a dangerous intersection? Well the one mentioned above is plagued by poor signage, dim lighting, discontinuous sidewalks, aggressive drivers and jaywalkers, according to a 2008 traffic audit. In a one-mile stretch of Street Road that includes the intersection, there were 144 crashes in the two years leading up to the audit, and 170 people died or were injured.

The more traffic that’s crossing and the more pedestrians and bicycles there are, the more likely accidents are. More than 36,000 vehicles, including buses that carry some 500 people a day, travel on Street Road daily.

The specific layout of the roads also complicates the flow of traffic. “It’s quirky because it’s not a 90-degree intersection,” says Dave Johnson, a transportation director for the county who helped author the traffic audit.

There were 11 runners-up for the most dangerous intersection, with 6 fatal incidents each during the 10-year time period:

Elizabeth, N.J.
Intersection of East Jersey Street and Spring Street

St. Louis
Intersection of North Grand Boulevard and Montgomery Street

Asheville, N.C.
Intersection of Patton Avenue and New Leicester Highway

Awendaw, S.C.
Intersection of North Highway 17 and Seewee Road

Lucedale, Miss.
Intersection of Route 63 and Route 98

Astor, Fla.
Intersection of State Road 40 and State Road 19

Intersection of North Semoran Boulevard and Old Cheney Highway

Kissimmee, Fla.
Intersection of Vista Del Lago Boulevard and Route 192

Frostproof, Fla.
Intersection of South Scenic Highway and County Road 700

Hialeah Gardens, Fla.
Intersection of Hialeah Gardens Boulevard and North Okeechobee Road

Wilton, ME.
Intersection of Allen Street and Route 2

So be careful at intersections and as always DRIVE SAFE!!!!

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