Springfield's most dangerous intersections

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. We all have high-traffic areas that we try to avoid around town. But according to a new study, some are actually more dangerous than others.
The study is called ‘Most Dangerous Intersections in Missouri’ and it was published by Springfield law firm Douglas Haun and Heidemann.
Two hundred intersections across the state are listed, and it names Battlefield and Campbell as the most dangerous intersection in Springfield.
Kansas Expressway at Chestnut Expressway is listed as the second most dangerous in Springfield. That didn't surprise Mike Stapp, who has lived right by that intersection for more than 20 years.
“They have a lot of accidents there,” he said, “I see a wreck there at least once a week. In fact, I was just sitting on the porch here last week and seen two cars hit each other right up there. One of them actually caught fire.”
Stapp says as a truck driver, it’s his job to be safe behind the wheel.
“I can’t afford tickets or anything like that, it would cost me my job,” he explained.
But that’s not the case for all drivers.
“They cut in front of you, pull out in front of you, slam their brakes on in front of you, cut you off,” Stapp said.
Attorney Nathan Duncan says Douglas Haun and Heidemann published this study to show people where the most wrecks are happening in Missouri.
“It’s not so much the numbers that are important,” Duncan said, “It’s identifying those intersections that we drive through every day and we don’t even think about how dangerous they might be.”
He says they used Missouri Department of Transportation crash reports from 2014 and 2015 to find the 200 most dangerous intersections in the state.
“So it’d include any accidents where a law enforcement agency responded,” explained Duncan.
Here’s their formula for the ‘danger index’: Non-injury wrecks counted as one point, injury crashes were counted as three points, and fatal wrecks were counted as ten points.
Duncan says safety on the roads is an important issue in his line of work.
“We want to see fewer wrecks, and have fewer clients, ultimately, who have had their lives forever changed by terrible wrecks.” He said, “iI we can do that by using these numbers and the work we put in, then that is mission accomplished.”
Back at Kansas and Chestnut, Stapp explained that he knows what it’s like to have a life-altering wreck.
“I was actually in a motorcycle wreck where I got run off the road by a vehicle that came into my lane, head on,” he said, “I’ve got a steel plate in my head because of it.”
He says the wreck happened a few years ago in Taney County, Now, he’s still riding, but he’s especially cautious on busy roads and busy intersections.
“You got to be aware of your surroundings at all times on a bike. I mean, super vigilant,” Stapp said.
See the sidebar for a link to the complete study.