Crash Course: Tucson’s Top Collision-Prone Intersections

Tucson. Dec. 19, 2012. Even during this season of holiday cheer, goodwill toward men doesn’t always extend to the roadways. That’s why AAA Insurance would like to remind drivers to take caution amongst the congestion at the intersections that log the highest number of crashes on Tucson roads.

“A combination of factors including speed, inattention and red-light running make intersections a high-risk area for drivers,” said Brad Oltmans, vice president of insurance for AAA Arizona. “With the added distraction of the holiday, motorists must remember to stay alert.”

In 2011 in Arizona, December yielded 9,648 crashes, the highest number of the year. Of those crashes that result in injuries or fatalities, more than half occurred at intersections, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

As of Dec. 12, there have been more than 5,700 collisions in Tucson this year. AAA Insurance experts recently analyzed Tucson Police Department crash data from 2010, 2011 and 2012 to uncover the five intersections that have averaged the highest number of collisions over these three years:

Tucson Intersection

Average of 2010, 2011 and 2012

1.       North Alvernon Way/East Grant Road


2.       East Grant Road/North Swan Road


3.       East Golf Links Road/South Kolb Road


4.       East Broadway/North Wilmot Road


5.       East 22nd Street/South Kolb Road



One of the intersections that made Tucson’s list - East Grant Road and North Swan Road - is the only one with a red-light camera. Though the camera has reduced the number of collisions since its December 2010 installation, it’s still a hot spot for crashes. With 86 collisions in 2010, the Tucson Police Department recorded 72 in 2011 and 48 as of Dec. 12 for this year.

Unfortunately, collisions can happen to even the safest driver. In the unfortunate event you are involved in a collision; AAA Insurance recommends motorists do the following:

  • Be prepared. Keep a cell phone, charger and pen and paper in your vehicle. If your cell phone doesn’t have a camera, keep a disposable camera on hand to document the scene.
  • Put safety first. If anyone is injured, call 9-1-1. If able, move cars to the side of the road and out of the way of oncoming traffic. If a car cannot be moved, drivers and passengers should remain in the cars with seatbelts fastened for everyone’s safety until help arrives. Turn hazard lights on and set out cones, flares or warning triangles if possible.
  • Collect information. It’s imperative to gather pertinent information needed to submit a claim. Smartphone users can download AAA Accident Assist, a free app that takes drivers through steps on what to do immediately after a collision. You do not have to be AAA insured to download the app, but you do need insured with AAA to use some of its features. For more information, visit
  • File a crash report. File a state vehicle accident report, available at police stations and on the DMV website.

AAA Insurance is an advocate for the safety and security of the motoring public. For more tips on what to do after a crash, visit

AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides insurance, travel, auto repair, discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.