Accidents in Intersections are Among the Most Dangerous
Intersections are among the most dangerous areas of the road and where many accidents occur every year. Accidents in intersections happen for a number of reasons. Some of the accidents are minor fender-benders where nobody gets hurt, while others are more serious. Often, one vehicle turns in front on another, causing a t-bone accident. These types of accidents are very dangerous to both drivers and passengers because the collision occurs close to where they are seated.
Intersections with Stop Signs
In intersections where there are four stop signs, the first vehicle to stop has the right of way first. If vehicles come to the stop signs at the same time, the vehicle to the right is the first to proceed. There are very few exceptions to this rule. Drivers must pay attention to other drivers at all times, especially when approaching an intersection. Always look in all directions before proceeding after stopping at a stop sign.
Uncontrolled intersections are those where there is no stop sign, yield sign or traffic light. These are the most common type of intersections because they are prevalent in residential areas. Uncontrolled intersections pose a special danger because drivers must be extremely careful as they near this area of the road.
Pedestrians in Intersections
In addition to other vehicles, drivers must also be aware of pedestrians and bicycle riders in the area. In intersections where there are designated crosswalks, as well as in other locations, pedestrians have the right-of-way. Vehicles are required to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.
Sometimes there are other factors that can make intersections dangerous. Excess traffic that backs up can make it difficult to get through an intersection. When driving in a congested area pedestrians are constantly present, making it hard to turn. Trees, sunlight, and lack of lighting at night can all contribute to dangerous intersections. It is essential to slow down to a safe speed when coming to an intersection.
Preventing Intersection Accidents
Defensive driving is the best way to prevent accidents in intersections. Obey the speed limit and reduce speed whenever visibility is reduced. Do not get distracted at intersections. If you live near an uncontrolled intersection that seems dangerous, report it to your city and request that a stop sign be posted. If people speed through the area, ask that a “slow” sign be placed, especially in locations where children may be playing. If you are involved in an intersection accident, contact an attorney to learn how to seek compensation for your injuries.
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