These accidents make up a significant portion of road collisions, and could be avoided if drivers obeyed the laws. Head-on collisions can also occur, and sudden stops to avoid a collision can lead to a rear-end crash. Common causes for intersection accidents can include, but are not limited to:
- Speeding motorists
- Road rage
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Improper maintenance of a vehicle
- Failure to yield to oncoming traffic when making a left turn
- Turning right on red when traffic signs prohibit it
- Not coming to a full stop
Intersection accidents can be deadly. At any point, a red light or traffic stop could be run at high speeds, causing a scene of total chaos. A distracted driver could turn into an oncoming vehicle, stopping traffic and causing injuries or death.
Why are yellow lights important to preventing intersection accidents?
Known as “amber time,” a yellow light that lasts is meant to advise drivers to slow down and stop for an oncoming red light. It also means that oncoming traffic will swiftly be approaching. If a driver runs a yellow light, they risk running what has now turned into a red light, thus putting themselves in the line of oncoming traffic. Some intersections, such as those that cross main roads, have cars possibly traveling at very high speeds. A collision at any speed can be devastating, but upwards of 50mph can easily be fatal.
Who is responsible for my intersection accident?
Anyone who has violated a traffic law is most likely responsible for an accident that occurs afterwards. Red-light cameras are frequently placed at intersections, and are triggered by cars driving above certain designated speeds through the light. The camera flashes, snapping a photo of the offending vehicle and their license plate. Sometimes these red light cameras can make drivers more aware and force them to stop running lights. They may also help apprehend those responsible in hit-and-run accidents.
Liability in Florida is designated by a comparative negligence system, in which fault is assigned by percentages. This can lead to complex disputes over liability when a crash occurs at an intersection, as many vehicles may be involved. One of the most important steps to take following a car accident is contacting a lawyer to represent your side.
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