Many people associate motor vehicle accidents with high-speed environments like highways and other open roads. However, busy intersections can be noticeably dangerous even though drivers should be particularly careful and attentive in the presence of heavy traffic.
The Federal Highway Administration reports that more than 50% of all fatal or injury-inducing crashes occur at or near intersections. You can help protect yourself and others by remaining aware of some of the most common causes of car accidents at intersections.
Motorists have an obligation to know which maneuvers are legal and to heed signage at an intersection that prohibits certain actions. When an individual performs an illegal U-turn, for example, it can surprise law-abiding drivers and cause an accident. It is also important to recognize that while a left turn can sometimes be legal at a red light, this is often not the case.
Distractions can lead to poor decision-making when navigating a busy intersection. Texting or using any electronic device can result in delayed reactions or rushed maneuvers when a driver finally realizes that they have the right-of-way.
Shrubs, larger cars, and other obstacles can make it difficult or impossible to see traffic approaching from a perpendicular street. Drivers who attempt to make a turn without verifying that the way is clear can subject themselves to a catastrophic crash.
While it may seem easy to avoid an accident at an intersection by simply obeying the traffic lights and other relevant laws, the fact is that navigating an intersection can be more complex than simply proceeding down an open road. Another driver’s negligence can cause your involvement in a serious intersection accident, and you have the right to file a claim against the at-fault individual if this occurs.