10 Most Dangerous Intersections

W A S H I N G T O N, June 27, 2001 -- The nation's most dangerous traffic intersection is north of Miami in Pembroke Pines, Fla., the No. 1 U.S. car insurer reported today.

State Farm released its top 10 "Most Dangerous" intersection list, which analyzed claims data in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa, Okla., each had two intersections on the list, while Frisco, Texas (near Dallas); Metairie, La. (near New Orleans); and Sacramento, Calif., each had one.

The insurer compiled the list based on crashes that resulted in claims by its policy-holders in 1999 and 2000.

State Farm estimated there were 357 crashes over the two-year period at the Flamingo Road and Pines Boulevard intersection.

The main problem there, according to State Farm safety engineer John Nepomuceno, was traffic volume. He estimated the intersection handles roughly 200,000 cars per day.

Nepomuceno said intersections on the top 10 list all met appropriate design standards and were regulated by traffic lights. He said traffic volume and driver error were two important factors in crashes.