August 10, 2014
Picking up from where 6 Important Facts about Intersection Car Accidents (Pt. 1) left off, here, we will continue to delve into some important information drivers should know when it comes to these types of collisions.
More Important Facts You Should Know about Intersection Car Accidents
Fact 3: Drivers’ judgment errors commonly cause intersection car accidents.
In some cases, drivers who may be trying to abide by the law and drive safely may simply misjudge other drivers’ actions or speeds and, consequently, cause intersection car accidents. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that “false assumptions of other’s actions” accounts for about 8.4 percent of all intersection car accidents that occur each year. This equates to more than 63,500 intersection car accidents annually.
Some of the most common misjudgments that contribute to these accidents include:
- Misjudging how fast other drivers’ are traveling
- Misjudging the gap or distance between vehicles
- Misjudging other drivers’ intended action (such as whether or not other drivers intend to turn at an intersection).
NHTSA researchers have found that drivers who are younger than 24 and older than 65 tend to be the motorists who are most often be responsible for making the judgment errors that cause intersection car accidents.
Fact 4: Red light cameras can increase the risk of intersection car accidents.
This fact about intersection car accidents may be surprising to some people. However, researchers have found that, ironically, red light cameras can increase the risk of collisions – instead of improving the safety at intersections. Some of the reasons for this seemingly counterintuitive fact are that red light cameras:
- Can actually be a source of distraction to drivers
- Can cause some drivers to alter their driving behaviors, such as by slamming on the brakes at a yellow light instead of proceeding through the light as others may expect.
In fact, while some studies have found that the presence of red light cameras can increase the risk of intersection car accidents by up to 28 percent, others have pinpointed this increased risk to be as much as 70 percent.
For some final important facts about intersection car accidents, be sure to check out the upcoming conclusion to this blog.
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