Intersections are some of the most common places for car accidents to occur, but they can be prevented. Intersections can be dangerous because you never know which direction traffic is going to flow from when you enter them. Accidents often happen when people are not paying attention or are distracted by their phones. In this article, we’ll explore the most common causes of intersection accidents and how to avoid them.
Pulling out in front of a car
A common cause of intersection accidents is pulling out in front of a car. This can happen when you’re making a left turn or right turn, or if you’re going straight through an intersection.
You should never assume that the car coming toward you will stop for you, even if they have their blinker on and are signaling to turn into your lane. If they don’t see you or hear your horn honking as they pull up alongside you, then even if they do plan on stopping at first glance (or second glance), it may be too late by then–you’ll already be hit!
In addition to not assuming that someone will stop for pedestrians (or bicyclists), don’t assume that cars will stop at an intersection just because there are no other cars around them at the time – this could lead someone into thinking “I’m safe now! I can cross!” when really there was still one coming from another direction; this happens more often than most people realize!
Speeding is a major cause of intersection accidents, as it increases your chances of being involved in a collision. If you’re speeding and lose control of your car, for example, you might hit another vehicle or crash into something else. Speeding can also lead to injuries if the driver loses control while turning or braking suddenly due to poor visibility at an intersection.
There are many reasons why people speed: they might be late for work or school; they may feel like they have more time than they actually do; they might be trying to get somewhere quickly because they’re bored or tired; etc.. Whatever their reason may be though–it doesn’t matter! Speeding is illegal under any circumstances and can result in serious consequences such as jail time if caught by police officers who patrol busy roads like highways every day looking out for drivers breaking traffic laws like speeding limits set up by local governments (state governments).
Running through a red light
Running a red light is one of the most common causes of intersection collisions. A red light means stop, and it’s not just a suggestion.
The consequences for running a red light can be severe: You could get a ticket or even end up in court if you cause an accident while running a red light. If you’re driving in an area where there are no traffic lights but there are stop signs at intersections, obey those signs just as you would if they were regulated by lights or arrows (see below).
Turning left when unsafe
- Look to the left and right.
- Check mirrors.
- Signal your intention to turn left.
- Check for other vehicles, pedestrians, etc., that might be in the intersection or approaching it from behind you on either side of your vehicle (if there are no traffic signals).
- Slow down as you approach an intersection where there are no stop signs or lights in order to reduce speed differential with other vehicles already stopped at a red light or sign.
Turning right when unsafe
If you’re going to turn right, make sure it’s safe. Look both ways and signal your intentions to other drivers. Check for pedestrians and cyclists crossing at intersections as well as oncoming traffic before turning into their path. Make sure that you have enough room in front of you so that an emergency vehicle can get by if necessary–and don’t forget about vehicles coming from behind!
Intersection accidents can be avoided by being aware and attentive.
- Pay attention to your surroundings.
- Don’t drive distracted.
- Don’t drive impaired.
- Don’t drive aggressively, even if you think it will get you there faster or help you avoid an accident.
- Drive at a speed that is reasonable for the conditions and traffic around you (even if it means going slower than other cars). This includes driving at night without lights on if necessary, because bright headlights can blind oncoming drivers who do not have their lights on as well–and this is especially important when driving near intersections!
- Follow at least three seconds behind another vehicle when approaching an intersection so that if there were to be any sudden stops or braking by either party involved in the intersection accident scenario described above, they would not hit each other head-on due to their proximity while traveling through this dangerous area together!
Intersection accidents are some of the most common types of collisions in the U.S., and they can happen at any time. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings at all times so that you don’t get into an accident when turning or coming out from an intersection. If you have been involved in such an incident, contact us today for legal help!