Crashes at intersections represent nearly one in five traffic collisions.
USAttorneys discusses the dangers of intersections and their role in traffic collisions.
Jackson, MS- Traffic intersections help manage the flow of traffic, and keep bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians from crashing into each other. For the most part, intersections are safe but sometimes they can people in danger. Accidents at intersections aren’t entirely avoidable, but there are steps an individual can take keep from being in an accident. This article will discuss some facts about
Statistics about crashes at traffic intersections
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that approximately 40 percent of traffic accidents in the U.S. in occurred in or around an intersection. That equated to 7,421 fatalities and over 700,000 injuries. The Virginia Transportation Research Council estimates that accidents at intersections cost approximately $40 billion annually.
Inattention is a common cause of traffic accidents not matter where they occur.
Why are intersections prone to accidents?
Intersections are busy and can be confusing. A lot is going on at an intersection, and everyone is trying to guess what the other is doing. Numerous factors contribute to wrecks at intersections including the geometry of intersection, the number of roads converging, the type of traffic signal present and driver attributes such as age or gender.
What actions lead to intersection crashes?
The NHTSA reports that roughly 22 percent of crashes at intersections take place when a motorist is making left turn.
About 12 percent of crashes occur when a driver is traveling through an intersection, sometimes because a motorist misjudges the speed of a vehicle.
Fifty-two percent of crashes occur at intersections with a red light and 31 percent happen at intersections with stop signs.
An overwhelming majority of those crashes, 96 percent, are the result of driver error, as are most car wrecks. Inattention and running a red light are the two most common driver errors.
Only 15 percent of accidents take place when no traffic sign or signal is present.
When approaching an intersection, a motorist must be cautious and pay careful attention to signals, signs, and other drivers. Otherwise, a motorist can set a horrible collision in motion that cost victims their lives or lead to severe injuries.
If you are hurt in a crash or a loved one is killed, USAttorneys recommends you consult with an attorney near your location. If you live in Jacksonville, Florida we can connect you with a diligent and assertive accident attorney to work on your injury claim. Call today and set up a consultation. You’ll have a stronger injury claim if you get legal help early and allow them to take charge of your case.