The Most Dangerous Intersections In Denver

What are the most dangerous intersections in Denver? To determine what are the most dangerous intersections in our city, the Denver Police Department (DPD) compared accident figures from the first five months of 2016 with accident statistics from the same five months in 2015. The result of that comparison is the following list of the intersections with the most traffic collisions from both years combined.

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As the list indicates, some thoroughfares in Denver are much more likely to be the site of traffic collisions than others. In fact, six of the most dangerous and accident-prone intersections in the city are evenly divided along just two major thoroughfares. The total number of traffic collisions at the most hazardous intersection in the city climbed by a frightening 136 percent from 2015 to 2016. Listed here are the most dangerous intersections in Denver:

Dangerous intersection #11: Colfax and Colorado

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From January 1, 2015 through May 31, 2015, there were 5 accidents at Colfax and Colorado. From January 1, 2016 through May 31, 2016, there were 6 accidents at Colfax and Colorado for a total of 11 and a 20 percent increase from 2015 to 2016.

Dangerous intersection #10 (tie): 36th and Quebec

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From January 1, 2015 through May 31, 2015, there were 7 accidents at 36th and Quebec. From January 1, 2016 through May 31, 2016, there were 6 accidents at 36th and Quebec for a total of 13 and a 14.3 percent decline from 2015 to 2016.

Dangerous intersection #10 (tie): Lowry and Yosemite

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From January 1, 2015 through May 31, 2015, there were 6 accidents at Lowry and Yosemite. From January 1, 2016 through May 31, 2016, there were 7 accidents at Lowry and Yosemite for a total of 13 and a 16.7 percent increase from 2015 to 2016.

Dangerous intersection #8: 17th and Colorado

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From January 1, 2015 through May 31, 2015, there were 9 accidents at 17th and Colorado. From January 1, 2016 through May 31, 2016, there were 7 accidents at 17th and Colorado for a total of 13 and a 22.2 percent decline from 2015 to 2016.

Dangerous intersection #7: Colfax and Kalamath/Santa Fe

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From January 1, 2015 through May 31, 2015, there were 10 accidents at Colfax and Kalamath/Santa Fe. From January 1, 2016 through May 31, 2016, there were 11 accidents at Colfax and Kalamath/Santa Fe for a total of 21 and a 10 percent increase from 2015 to 2016.

Dangerous intersection #6 (tie): Santa Fe and Alameda

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From January 1, 2015 through May 31, 2015, there were 15 accidents at Santa Fe and Alameda. From January 1, 2016 through May 31, 2016, there were 11 accidents at Santa Fe and Alameda for a total of 26 and a 26.7 percent decline from 2015 to 2016.

Dangerous intersection #6 (tie): Federal and Evans

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From January 1, 2015 through May 31, 2015, there were 13 accidents at Federal and Evans. From January 1, 2016 through May 31, 2016, there were 13 accidents at Federal and Evans for a total of 26 and no change from 2015 to 2016.

Dangerous intersection #4: Mississippi and Federal

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From January 1, 2015 through May 31, 2015, there were 17 accidents at Mississippi and Federal. From January 1, 2016 through May 31, 2016, there were 10 accidents at Mississippi and Federal for a total of 27 and a 41.2 percent decline from 2015 to 2016.

Dangerous intersection #3: Monaco and Colfax

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From January 1, 2015 through May 31, 2015, there were 14 accidents at Monaco and Colfax. From January 1, 2016 through May 31, 2016, there were 14 accidents at Monaco and Colfax for a total of 28 and no change from 2015 to 2016.

Dangerous intersection #2: Federal and Alameda

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From January 1, 2015 through May 31, 2015, there were 14 accidents at Federal and Alameda. From January 1, 2016 through May 31, 2016, there were 15 accidents at Federal and Alameda for a total of 29 and a 7.1 percent increase from 2015 to 2016.

Dangerous intersection #1: MLK and Quebec

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From January 1, 2015 through May 31, 2015, there were 11 accidents at MLK and Quebec. From January 1, 2016 through May 31, 2016, there were 26 accidents at MLK and Quebec for a total of 37 and a 136.4 percent increase from 2015 to 2016.

WHAT ABOUT PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS IN DENVER?

While the list above focuses exclusively on vehicle collisions, the list of the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians in Denver is slightly different and is based on figures from January 2011 through June 2016 compiled by Megan Arellano at Denverite.com. Ms. Arellano looked at the number of pedestrian-involved accidents that have happened since 2011 within 70 feet of each intersection. The most dangerous intersections for pedestrians in Denver are:

Dangerous pedestrian intersection #8: Colfax and Pennsylvania

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Dangerous pedestrian intersection #7 (tie): South Colorado and East Mississippi

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Dangerous pedestrian intersection #7 (tie): South Lincoln and Speer

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Dangerous pedestrian intersection #7 (tie): North Federal and West 10th Avenue

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Dangerous pedestrian intersection #6: 13th Avenue and Broadway

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Dangerous pedestrian intersection #5: South Federal and West Kentucky

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Dangerous pedestrian intersection #4: South Federal and West Florida

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Dangerous pedestrian intersection #3: Colfax and Broadway

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Dangerous pedestrian intersection #2: Colfax, Franklin, and Park

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Dangerous pedestrian intersection #1: 20th and Market

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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO RIGHT AFTER A VEHICLE OR PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT?

If you’ve been involved in a traffic collision in Denver, seek medical attention at once, even if you don’t “feel” injured. Many injuries – including some serious brain injuries – may not be noticeable immediately after an accident. If you end up needing to file a personal injury claim, and you did not seek medical treatment immediately after the accident, a defendant’s attorneys or insurance company might allege that your injury actually happened before the crash or that you weren’t really injured at all.

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After seeking medical attention, you’ll want to discuss your rights and options with a Denver personal injury attorney, but you must start collecting evidence and information the moment you realize that you’ve been injured. Make sure that you call the police and obtain a copy of the police accident report. Take photographs of the vehicle or vehicles, the accident scene, and your visible injuries. Photos make the difference in many personal injury cases. Speak to eyewitnesses. If your personal injury claim goes to trial with help from a Denver personal injury attorney, the testimony of eyewitnesses on your behalf – complete strangers – can be conclusive.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.