WASHINGTON -- Utahns may not have to drive far or to exotic places this July Fourth weekend to encounter the state's most dangerous intersections.
A new national list from State Farm Insurance says Utah's worst intersections are all in Ogden and Layton.The company compiled the list based on accident claims it received for crashes at all intersections in the state, multiplied by the percentage of cars it insures in the area.
The insurance company developed similar lists for each state and one for the overall 10 worst intersections in America.
It said the worst in the nation was in Addison, Texas, where the corner of Belt Line and Midway roads saw a whopping 269 accidents last year -- or nearly four times more than at Utah's worst intersection.
The only intersection near Utah in the national Worst 10 list was in Las Vegas, where the intersection of Rainbow Boulevard and Sahara Avenue on "the Strip" finished No. 9, with 207 accidents.
The only good news for Ogden and Layton for having intersections on the Worst Five list for Utah is that State Farm is offering up to $20,000 for an engineering study for each intersection on how to improve them.
"We know community officials are well aware that certain intersections are particularly hazardous," said State Farm senior vice president Barbara Cowden. "But by putting the intersections in some national context of just how crash-prone they are, we hope we can help promote some additional attention to them."
Sany Zein, traffic consultant to State Farm, said some intersections can be improved through relatively minor adjustments such as a change in the traffic signal pattern and enhanced visibility of signals, signs and pavement markings.
He said others need more complex solutions, ranging from additional lanes of traffic to improved line-of-sight and even alternate routes to reduce traffic at problem intersections.
"The bottom line is we believe virtually all intersections that have a high crash frequency can be made safer, often with low-cost and immediately available fixes," Zein said.