You need to be extra vigilant at road intersections where two or more roads come together. Data from the Federal Highway Administration points to the increased risk motorists face at road intersections. About a half of all traffic injuries and a significant number of traffic accident fatalities nationwide occur at intersections.
What is it with intersections that makes them so dangerous?
The risk factors at road intersections
Unsurprisingly, the leading cause of intersection accidents is human error. They include:
- Distracted driving
- Failing to observe traffic lights
- Illegal maneuvers
- Driving while intoxicated
- Inaccurate assumption of another driver’s actions
- Failing to yield way, among others
All these are recipes for disaster, making intersections the deadliest road sections. Other reasons such as poor visibility, improperly designed roads or poor road surfaces also play a minor role in intersection accidents.
What could go wrong at an intersection?
Intersection accidents can result in various kinds of crashes, from rear-end to T-bone collisions. Sideswipe collision accidents are also common when drivers turn in the same direction. Pedestrians, cyclists and riders are at an increased risk, too, especially when drivers are making left turns at intersections.
Depending on the nature of the accident, the injuries suffered by victims can be catastrophic or even fatal.
Holding a negligent driver accountable
If you are involved in an accident at an intersection caused by a negligent driver, you need to hold them responsible for the damages you have suffered. Find out more about your right to compensation and how to pursue a claim for what you are fairly due.