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Car accidents happen every day. More often than not, they are the product of pure driver negligence. Intersections are everywhere, each with its own amount of stops or lights, and each with its own set of dangers. Failure to yield to the flow of traffic or right of way, speeding and running stoplights or signs (often due to distracted driving) are common factors in intersection accidents.
In the event of an intersection accident, you should always consult with an experienced auto accident attorney who can help weigh your options. At Pajcic & Pajcic, we will aggressively investigate your intersection accident and fight for your compensation, so you can focus on recovery.
What causes an intersection accident?
Intersections can prove to be difficult for many drivers. It is easy for speeding motorists in a rush to think the rules of the road don't apply to them. Yellow lights typically last several seconds, and within that time a driver should be slowing to a halt. Many people feel that they can slam on the gas and beat the eventual red light, only to cause a T-bone accident.
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. The contributing factors leading to an intersection accident usually include:
- Failure to obey traffic signs and signals: A driver who knowingly runs a stop sign or traffic light can put themselves, and other drivers, at risk. Other factors such as impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding and reckless driving can hinder a motorist's ability to stop in order to avoid a crash.
- Failure to yield the right of way: When a driver pulls out into traffic or makes a left turn, cutting off another vehicle, a catastrophic broadside can occur. Since these accidents come unexpectedly, they can often happen at a high speed.
- Inclement weather: Sometimes weather conditions can be unforgiving. Large puddles can cause vehicles to hydroplane, making it difficult to stop at an intersection. Fog can reduce visibility, making it more difficult to see other vehicles as well as signs and signals. Motorists have a responsibility to slow down and drive defensively to respond to the conditions.