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The Most Dangerous Intersections in Dayton

As part of our larger study of intersection related crashes, we also identified areas where drivers and road users may be at higher risk of a crash or injury in each major Ohio city.

We analyzed six years of crash data to find the most dangerous intersections, along with high-risk crash zones, in Dayton, Ohio.

Dangerous Intersections in Dayton

The result is our list of the most dangerous intersections and zones in Dayton from 2014 to 2019.

The 25 Most Dangerous Intersections in Dayton, Ohio

The following table lists the top 25 most dangerous intersections in Dayton. In all, these 25 intersections accounted for 638 crashes, 421 minor/moderate injuries, 74 serious injuries, and 6 fatalities.

Rank Intersection Crashes Min/Mod Injuries Serious Injuries Fatalities C.I.S.
1 James H Mcgee Bl & 3Rd St 50 32 13 0 151.92
2 Philadelphia Dr & Salem Ave 45 46 4 0 146.16
3 Germantown St & Broadway St 35 30 1 1 100.8
4 Gettysburg Av & James H Mcgee Blvd 43 26 3 0 97.92
5 James H Mcgee Bl & Philadelphia Dr 32 21 4 1 90
6 Siebenthaler Av & Philadelphia Dr 32 18 6 0 83.52
7 Gettysburg Av & Free Pike 24 22 3 1 82.8
8 Ludlow St & Washington St 26 15 7 0 76.32
9 Main St & Siebenthaler Ave 27 21 1 0 68.4
10 Philadelphia Dr & Cornell Dr 19 14 3 1 61.92
11 Needmore Rd & Brandt Pike 23 12 3 1 60.48
12 Edwin C Moses Bl & Stewart St 23 14 1 1 57.6
13 Keowee St & 5Th St 25 15 2 0 57.6
14 Wayne Av & Wyoming St 19 13 4 0 56.16
15 Little Richmond Rd & Oh-49 20 9 6 0 55.44
16 Smithville Rd & Linden Ave 29 14 1 0 54.72
17 Philadelphia Dr & Hillcrest Ave 20 15 1 0 50.4
18 Edwin C Moses Bl & Washington St 17 14 2 0 49.68
19 Salem Av & Delaware Ave 17 10 3 0 44.64
20 Stanley Av & Troy St 19 12 1 0 43.2
21 Abbey Ave & Oh-35 18 13 0 0 41.04
22 Gettysburg Av & Prescott Ave 18 7 3 0 38.88
23 Gettysburg Av & Hoover Ave 21 11 0 0 38.88
24 3Rd St & Findlay St 19 11 0 0 37.44
25 1St St & Findlay St 17 6 2 0 32.4

For more information on data sources, please see our statewide analysis and interactive map: The Most Dangerous Intersections in Ohio

The Most Dangerous Intersection in Dayton

According to our study, the most dangerous intersection in Dayton is located west of Downtown, at the junction of James H. McGee Boulevard & 3rd Street. This intersection was home to 50 crashes, 32 minor/moderate injuries, and 13 serious injuries.

As a major north-south arterial road, James H. McGee sees a significant volume of traffic every day. In addition, the intersection at 3rd Street is incredibly large, with long distances to go between each cross-street. Wide, expansive intersections are often prone to high incidences of collisions due to the amount of time it takes to cross the intersection; there is a high likelihood of confusion in these intersections by drivers who are new, distracted, or otherwise not paying full attention. In addition, those looking to beat yellow lights by running these intersections can be a significant cause of accidents, as many do not anticipate the long distances required to cross the intersection.

Other notable intersections include:

  • Germantown Street & Broadway Street – 35 crashes, 30 minor/moderate injuries, 1 serious injury, 1 fatality: ranked third, and located at the southwest corner of the Five Points neighborhood.
  • Ludlow Street & Washington Street – 26 crashes, 15 minor/moderate injuries, 7 serious injuries: ranked eighth, located in midtown Dayton. Ludlow is a one-way street that leads into entrances for state route 35 – this can be a contributor to accidents.

Additionally, our analysis found a couple of streets that were not only home to multiple dangerous intersections, but all of these intersections occurred in a short stretch of the road:

  • Philadelphia Drive was present in 5 of the 25 most dangerous intersections on our list, and they all occurred from Siebenthaler Avenue to James H. McGee Boulevard – a stretch of roughly 2.3 miles.
  • Gettysburg Avenue was present in 4 of the top 25 in our list, all occurring from Free Pike to Hoover Avenue – encompassing roughly 2.5 miles of the street.

Interestingly, both streets are north-south roads that run parallel nearly next to each other – they are separated by one block. It may be worth investigating why both streets are encountering so many dangerous intersections.

Dayton vs. Other Ohio Cities

In our statewide study of the most dangerous intersections in Ohio, Dayton was quite prevalent in our list, home to 5 of the top-50 in our list. This was tied with Toledo and second only to Columbus, which was the location for nearly half of the 50 intersections in the list.

This may be somewhat of a concern to Dayton residents, especially when population is taken into consideration: Dayton had the same number of dangerous intersections in the top-50 as Toledo, a city that has twice as many residents. Additionally, it had considerably more than Cleveland (who had 1 intersection) and Cincinnati (which had zero) – both of which have populations two to three times as large as Dayton’s.

High Collision Zones in Dayton

High Crash Zones in Dayton, OH

Our study also identified areas where a high volume of intersection related collisions occur in close proximity to one another.

The most dangerous zone in Dayton exists on Main Street, directly bordering North Riverdale and Hillcrest. This zone, a stretch of Main that totals less than a mile, accounts for 117 crashes, 69 minor/moderate injuries, 7 serious injuries, and 3 fatalities.

This stretch of Main Street is not excessively wide, nor is it too fast – the speed limit is a steady 35 mph. However, there is a distinct lack of signage and traffic signals across this part of Main Street. This can greatly impact driver safety, especially in an area where vehicles are consistently pulling into the main road off smaller side streets. Additionally, a lack of crosswalks can be incredibly dangerous as well.

Other Factors to Consider

Perhaps one major reason for Dayton’s dangerous intersections is due to its geographic location and renown as a major shipping hub. In terms of retail, distribution, and supply chain management, Dayton is considered one of two major centroid cities in the United States – it is located within 500 miles of 60% of the US population and manufacturing capacity. As a result, major manufacturing and retail companies have set warehouses at Dayton for the most efficient logistics.

As a result, Dayton sees daily ridership on its roadways and highways that is entirely uncharacteristic of its population size. Its city limits include the I-70 to I-75 interchange, one of the busiest in the nation. It is estimated that at least 154,000 vehicles pass through this section every day – and as many as 35% of the are trucks hauling goods throughout the country. This significant increase in highway traffic may have a trickle-down effect, impacting local traffic as well – and thereby increasing the chances of car accidents at intersections.