Most Dangerous Roads for Car Accidents in Kansas City

Our Kansas City car accident attorneys continue to monitor accident and injury trends in Kansas, Missouri, and nationwide to help keep our clients and community safe. 

“The number of fatal car crashes in each state has risen significantly over the last several years. From 2018 to 2022, the number of deadly accidents in the United States increased by more than 16% — from 36,835 fatal car crashes in 2018 to 42,795 fatal car crashes in 2022.” - USA Today

The continued high number of fatal traffic-related accidents persists despite new technologies being implemented by car manufacturers to increase safety. Car safety experts believe that distracted driving, speeding, reckless behavior, drinking and impaired driving continue to be major sources of traffic-related deaths.

Missouri Car Accident Statistics

In Missouri, 1057 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2022. This represents an increase from 2019 from 881. The number of individuals involved in fatal car accidents in Missouri has remained above 900 people for four years in a row. 

Missouri is one of the only states without a statewide ban on texting while driving. Speed, distraction, fatigue, and other impairments continue to be a driving cause of fatal accidents in the state of Missouri.

Most Dangerous Roadways & Intersections in Kansas City

Beyond these nationwide and statewide trends, you may be asking, "What are the most dangerous intersections in Kansas City?"  Recent data and statistics of the Kansas City area show the below roadways and intersections are where most car accidents and injuries occur:

  • I-70 Intersection with I-670 and US 71 Hwy. / I-49, I-435, I-35, I-29, Blue Ridge Cutoff, Lee's Summit Road, Van Brunt Blvd, Noland Road
  • I-435 Intersection with I-70, Front Street, 23rd Street, I-49, Holmes Road, Wornall Road, State Line Road, 87th Street, Bannister Road, Blue Parkway, US-69 Hwy
  • I-49 or U.S. 71 Hwy. Intersection with 63rd Street, 75th Street, Gregory Blvd., Bannister Road, 87th Street, Red Bridge Road, I-435 / I-470, 155th Street
  • I-29 Intersection with
  • Barry Road
  • I-470 Intersection with
  • Blue Ridge Cut Off, I-435, US 50 Hwy

How to Stay Safe on the Road in Kansas City 

Given these car accident statistics and the long list of dangerous roads, what can you do to stay safe?  Our car accident attorneys have several tips to help ensure your safety while driving: 

  1. Wear a seatbelt. Data shows that you are up to eight times more likely to die from a crash if you are not wearing a seatbelt. Even if you survive, the risk of serious injury, including traumatic brain injury, is much greater if you are not wearing a seatbelt.
  2. Don't drive distracted. Put your cell phone down and pay attention to the road and those around you. It only takes a split second for the circumstances that caused an accident to occur. You need complete attention on the road to protect yourself and others from a serious crash.
  3. Be safe in bad weather. If the roads are slick or the weather is bad, find alternative transportation or, at the very least, drive at an appropriate speed for the conditions.
  4. Don't drive drunk or impaired. Drunk driving continues to be a factor in too many car accidents. In addition, impaired driving can be caused by the use of both legal and illegal substances. If you are drowsy or fatigued, pull over and find a safe place to rest, but don't continue to drive because you are putting yourself and others at risk.

Pedestrian Accidents & Fatalities Also Increase in Missouri

“The organization, which tracks pedestrian deaths in the U.S., estimates that more than 7,500 pedestrians were killed by drivers last year — the highest number since 1981. The final tally may be even greater, given that Oklahoma was unable to provide data due to a technical issue."

Pedestrian deaths have been climbing since 2010 because of unsafe infrastructure and the prevalence of SUVs, which tend to be more deadly for pedestrians than smaller cars, according to Martin. When the pandemic arrived, there was an even greater surge as empty roads gave way to speeding and distracted driving.” - NPR

Our firm also has extensive experience in handling pedestrian death accidents. If we can help in any way, we're here for you.

Our Car Accident Attorneys Can Help.

If you or someone you love has been injured due to another's negligence, please know that you have rights and must take action to protect them. Our Kansas City car accident attorney is ready to listen to your story and offer guidance and support. We can also help you seek and recover maximum compensation for your injuries.

Call us today at 816-203-0143 for a free confidential consultation.  We'll help you understand your legal rights and take action to recover past and future medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.  We're here to help and on your side.


Kevin J. McManus
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Kevin McManus is an accident injury and disability lawyer in Kansas City, MO, and Overland Park, KS
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