Common Accidents in Intersections
Every time you drive, it is likely that you will encounter and pass through numerous intersections. Intersections can be overwhelming with cars driving straight, turning left and right, having to yield to one another, as well as pedestrians crossing in crosswalks. All drivers must be fully aware of traffic signals, walk signals, rights-of-way, and much more to simply get through a single intersection without incident.
A lot of work goes into designing intersections to maximize traffic flow while keeping drivers safe. Transportation planners must design turn lanes, decide on stop signs or traffic lights, time the signals correctly, place the appropriate signage, and more. They must determine whether right turns on red are safe or not, whether drivers can turn without turn arrows, and how to time the lights to prevent unreasonable traffic jams.
Needless to say, with all of the pressure on both road engineers and drivers at intersections, it is common that someone can be negligent and cause a crash to occur. The following are some of the more common types of accidents in intersections.
- Broadside crashes - A broadside crash—also known as a “T-bone”—occurs when the front of one car slams into the side of another. The side of a vehicle often has fewer protections than the front or back, as there are no bumpers or crumple zones to take the brunt of the impact. These crashes often occur when one driver runs a red light and crashes into a car that is rightfully passing through the intersection. In addition, a broadside can happen if a driver tries to make a left turn in front of an oncoming vehicle that then crashes into the passenger side of the turning vehicle.
- Rear-end accidents - Many drivers think it is safer to look at their phones or engage in other distractions as they approach an intersection since traffic will be slowing down if a light is red. However, distracted driving in intersections prevents a driver from noticing if a car suddenly has to stop in front of them or if another driver is violating the law in some way. This commonly leads to rear-end crashes near intersections.
- Pedestrian accidents - Both pedestrians and drivers can make mistakes that lead a driver to hit someone who is crossing the street on foot. Failure to yield properly is a common reason for pedestrian accidents, as is distracted walking, distracted driving, and jaywalking, among many others.
These are only a few of the many types of intersection accidents that can result in severe injuries to motorists and pedestrians alike. If you’ve been in an accident, you need qualified legal assistance to advise you of your rights.
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