August 5, 2014
When you get behind the wheel to drive somewhere, the chances are that you will drive through at least one intersection, especially if you are traveling through urban areas. While intersections can be crucial to managing larger amounts of traffic going in different directions, they can also be the scenes of some minor to severe car accidents, especially if or when:
- Vehicles may be traveling at faster speeds.
- Commercial trucks are involved in intersection accidents.
- These accidents involve pedestrians and/or head-on collisions with other vehicles.
According to reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), intersection car accidents account for more than 36 percent of all traffic accidents that occur in the U.S. each year.
Given the prevalence of these types of accidents, in this three-part blog, we will take a closer look at some important facts people should know when it comes to intersection car accidents. If you have been hurt in one of these collisions, contact the Littleton car accident lawyers at Bahr and Kreidle for professional advice regarding your rights and case.
Intersection Car Accidents: Here’s What You Should Know…
Fact 1: Driver distraction is one of the most common causes of intersection car accidents.
Inattentive drivers frequently cause intersection car accidents. While this can be because drivers are texting while driving, are using GPS or are trying to otherwise multitask while driving, it may also be due to the fact that drivers are distracted by some object or event outside of their vehicle.
Regardless of the cause of the distraction, the fact remains that failing to pay attention to signals and the continually changing driving conditions at intersections can significantly increase the risk that drivers will cause intersection car accidents.
Fact 2: So too is drivers’ intentional violation of traffic laws.
In some cases, drivers may be paying attention to the driving conditions and changing signals at intersections and may still deliberately choose to violate traffic laws (because, for instance, they are late or they don’t think there are any other cars approaching the intersection). In fact, the NHTSA reports that drivers’ illegal maneuvers and violations of traffic laws at intersections cause nearly 7 percent of all intersection car accidents that occur each year in the U.S. (this works out to nearly 60,000 collisions annually).
Some of the most common examples of the illegal maneuvers and traffic violations that commonly cause these accidents include (but are not necessarily limited to):
- Running red lights
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Making illegal U-turns or left turns
- Speeding through intersections
- Trying to change lanes in the middle of intersections
- Trying to make left or right turns from the wrong lane when in intersections.
Be sure to look for the second and third parts of this blog for some additional important info about intersection car accidents.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it’s time to contact the Littleton car accident lawyers at Bahr & Kriedle. We have been providing car accident victims with superior representation since 1983, and we are ready to fight for your rights to compensation and justice.
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