It is impossible to drive and not, at some point, enter an intersection. That is why it is imperative that you know the risks and precautions to take when entering more dangerous parts of your drive.
According to safemotorist.com, “You may be surprised to learn that the most dangerous place on the road to drive is not typically in such high speed driving environments, but rather, the most dangerous driving situations are typically encountered during normal, everyday, driving at intersections.”
Lane changing and running or jumping lights usually cause these accidents.
The Federal Highway Administration reported that more than 2.8 million intersection-related crashes happen in the United States, per year, which is over 44% of all reported crashes.
There are many reasons that intersections are increasingly dangerous for drivers. Safemotorist.com states that this could be due to the fact that “intersections are prone to serious traffic, while placing motor vehicles in an environment where motor vehicles directly cross paths, directly exposing drivers to traffic crashes in which little space is available to avoid the serious consequences of poor driver choices such as disobeying traffic signals, failing to stop at red lights, or assuming the right of way.”
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that over 900 people die every year as a result of other vehicles running red lights and red lights are the foundation of intersections.
Safe driving is something that people should practice at all times, but it is especially important in areas of heightened danger. Take care to pay attention to changing lights, stopping when they are red and limiting other distractions when you are in intersections. If you or a loved one has been involved in an intersection accident, call the attorneys at the Christensen Law Firm to find out what options are available to you. Call today at 801-506-0800.