According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 50% of all accidents happen at or near intersections. Read on to find out how you can be more careful at what could be the most dangerous part of your drive, and what you can do if you are the victim of someone else’s carelessness at an intersection.
Why Do Accidents Happen at Intersections?
You are more at risk to have an accident at an intersection because there is so much going on, all at once. Some of the extra things you have to be aware of include: a driver running a red light or a stop sign, a vehicle failing to yield to the right of way, pedestrians in the crosswalk, emergency vehicles coming through the intersection (and other vehicles swerving to avoid them), and vehicles turning without looking.
Avoiding Accidents at Intersections
You should always expect the unexpected when you drive, but being aware of all that can go wrong at an intersection, and being on high alert, can help. You should also make sure to:
Limit distractions. Avoid using your cell phone as you drive, playing with the radio, and other things that can take away important seconds of reaction time that can keep you from getting into an accident.
Never assume anything about the other drivers. The other driver may seem like they are going to stop at that 4-way stop, but it’s best to wait until they actually do.
Leave early. When you have to rush to get to your destination, you are more prone to making mistakes while driving.
Watch out for emergency vehicles. Move out of the way from emergency vehicles – get over as far as you can and come to a complete stop.
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