By: Chuck Richardson On August 17, 2020


There were 33,654 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2018, and 603 of them occurred in Oklahoma. While this isn’t a huge percentage, even one fatal crash is one too many. Further, Tulsa is home to many motor vehicle accidents – and certain intersections and roadways are major culprits.

Each year, local media outlets survey the most dangerous roads and intersections in Tulsa. We’ve summarized their findings to identify locations where you should be extra careful within the city.


71st Street is one of Tulsa’s busiest roads, and 5 of Tulsa’s “Top 25 Most Dangerous Intersections” are on this street. Police handled 94 accidents at 71st and Mingo in 2015, and the intersection was identified as the 2nd most dangerous intersection city-wide. Traffic from the mall, Union High School, and the hospital all converge on 71st and Mingo, and residents see substantial accidents there nearly every day.

Other intersections to watch out for on 71st Street include:

  • 71st St. & Hwy 169 (ranked #9, 80 accidents)
  • 71st St. & Olympia Ave. (ranked #14, 60 accidents)
  • 71st St. & Memorial Dr. (ranked #17, 53 accidents)
  • 71st St. & Lewis Ave. (ranked #24, 50 accidents)

Intersections at Riverside Drive, Sheridan Road, and Yale Avenue were also dangerous, with about 30 accidents each.


According to Fox 23 News, Memorial at the Broken Arrow Expressway (also known as Highway 51) is the most dangerous intersection in Tulsa. Drivers often run stop signs, and the intersection has been the site of many hit-and-runs. Oklahoma News on 6 also identified this intersection as the most dangerous, citing 121 accidents in 2015.

Fox 23 News also highlighted the following intersections:

  • 51st Street South and Highway 169
  • 51st Street and South Peoria
  • 61st Street and South Peoria
  • 41st Street and Highway 169


The same roads tend to appear in Tulsa’s most dangerous intersections. Tulsa World pointed out that Broken Arrow Expressway and the U.S. 169 are the most dangerous roads in the city – and that areas with the highest volume of traffic see the most accidents.

In addition to identifying Memorial Drive, 81st Street, Sheridan Road, and Lewis Avenue as dangerous roads, Tulsa World compiled the following list of collision hotspots:

  • “Downtown and the area just east, including the Broken Arrow Expressway where it curves south near Lewis Avenue
  • The intersection of Interstate 44 and the Broken Arrow Expressway
  • The intersection of U.S. 169 and the Broken Arrow Expressway
  • The East 71st Street corridor just west of U.S. 169.”

If you are driving in any of the areas above, or any of the streets and intersections mentioned in this article, exercise extra caution.

Many local officials point out that traffic and distractions are some of the most frequent causes of Tulsa car accidents.

Be sure to keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your attention on driving whenever you are behind the wheel.

If you are injured by someone else’s negligence anywhere in Tulsa, know that Richardson Richardson Boudreaux PLLC is here for you.

Call us at 918-492-7674 or contact us online for the legal help you need.

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