Car accidents happen. Whether or not the accident was your fault, or the fault of the other driver, it is important to know and understand the situation.
Some of the most common car accidents occur at intersections. Intersections can be dangerous because there are many different factors at play. Other drivers, signals, people crossing, turns being made. In fact, according to The Driving Institute of America, 1/3 of all accidents occur at intersections! The most common reasons car accidents at intersections occur are as follows:
• You or the other car ran a red light, or failed to stop at a stop sign.
• A pedestrian was in the crosswalk.
• Emergency vehicles with sirens sped through the intersection, causing other cars to swerve.
• A vehicle made a turn without looking.
• A vehicle failed to yield to right of way.
And while it is always important to know and understand the dangers inherent to driving, it is also important to know what precautions you can take in order to maintain yours and others safety on the road.
• Never assume things about the other drivers on the road. If you are at a 4-way stop, wait until the other cars stops completely.
• Try planning your trips early, so you do not need to speed to get where you are going.
• If you have a cell phone, use a hands-free set you are not as distracted behind the wheel.
• If an emergency vehicle is coming behind you and you are at an intersection, move out of the vehicles way, but try to pull over just beyond the intersection.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident in an intersection and live in Atlanta, Georgia, contact the website of Robbins Law, PC We have over 30 years experience handling cases and can help you when you don’t know what to do.