What you should know about intersections and accidents in Jacksonville
Whenever you drive in Jacksonville or any city in Florida, you face a risk of getting in a wreck. But the chance of crashing and experiencing serious injuries or loss of life increases in intersections.
According to an article posted by the National Safety Council, intersections may be getting even more dangerous than ever due to distracted drivers. A driver talking on a cell phone or looking at a text message may blow through a stop sign or fail to see the red light. The consequences can be tragic.
At Pajcic & Pajcic, we have seen the impact of intersection accidents through our work representing the injured. We handled a case involving a police officer who was injured after a large truck ran a red light and T-boned his cruiser. The officer was treated at a hospital for a shoulder separation. He returned to work, but his physical and mental condition deteriorated.
The trucking company put up an aggressive defense - offering only $450,000. But ultimately, we settled the case for $1.85 million before trial.
Safety tips when driving through intersections
It's critical to stay alert at all times while driving, especially when navigating an intersection. To decrease the chance of getting T-boned or causing an accident in an intersection, follow these tips:
- Look for pedestrians or people riding bicycles. These vulnerable road users could face significant injuries if struck by a vehicle - even one moving at a slow speed.
- Don't roll through a stop sign. Come to a full and complete stop.
- Fully scan the intersection. Use your mirrors.
- Use your turn signals so other drivers are aware of your intentions.
- Be ready for the unexpected. You may have the right of way but still need to make a sudden stop due to a distracted driver.
Any intersection can be dangerous, but some are riskier than others. News4Jax analyzed crashes in Duval County and determined that Beach Boulevard at St. Johns Bluff Road was the most dangerous. Other risky spots along Beach Boulevard include intersections with the following boulevards: Southside, University, and Hodges.
As the National Safety Council article reveals, in 2016, the United States experienced its steepest two-year increase in traffic fatalities in over 50 years. Part of the increase was attributed to lower gas prices and a stronger economy. However, the author makes a strong argument that cell phone distractions have played a significant role in the rising accident rate.
As experienced accident attorneys who have handled a wide range of cases, including intersection accidents, we encourage drivers to avoid distractions and focus on the road. If you need to use the phone, pull over to a safe location. There is really no safe way to use a phone or other personal electronic device while driving. Studies have found that even using a Bluetooth connection and a hands-free device creates a distraction that leads to a higher risk of an accident.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an intersection accident, you will need a knowledgeable attorney on your side. Contact the Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic today for a free consultation.