While known for its vibrant culture and unique charm, New Orleans also holds a less favorable distinction as a city with some of the most perilous intersections in the United States.
These intersections are hotspots for accidents, posing grave risks to motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.
1. Canal Street and Magazine Street
Canal Street and Magazine Street, where two major thoroughfares intersect, is notorious for its high accident rate. This bustling junction witnesses a constant stream of traffic, often leading to congestion and impulsive lane changes. Such conditions increase the likelihood of collisions.
2. St. Charles Avenue and Napoleon Avenue
The intersection of St. Charles Avenue and Napoleon Avenue is another treacherous spot in New Orleans. The streetcar tracks running along St. Charles Avenue add an extra layer of complexity for drivers. Turning left or right across these tracks requires careful maneuvering, and any lapse in attention can result in accidents.
3. Chef Menteur Highway and Downman Road
Situated in the eastern part of the city, the intersection of Chef Menteur Highway and Downman Road is notorious for its high accident rate. Heavy traffic and high speeds on Chef Menteur Highway make it a hazardous location. Drivers often disregard traffic signals, making it a perilous spot for anyone on the road.
4. Earhart Expressway and South Carrollton Avenue
The Earhart Expressway and South Carrollton Avenue intersection presents unique challenges due to the elevated expressway merging with surface streets. High-speed traffic on the expressway often catches drivers off guard when they exit onto Carrollton Avenue, leading to rear-end collisions.
In 2021, 1,798 fatal or severe accidents occurred in New Orleans, an increase of 21% over 2020. Taking extra precautions in high-risk intersections may help reduce the number of accidents.