Did you know that about 50 percent of all vehicle crashes in urban cities like Los Angeles are intersection accidents?
Yes, you have read it right; that is 50 percent or half of all traffic crashes in the city.
Intersections are supposed to be relatively safe as long as motorists follow traffic rules.
And that is where the problem is.
Los Angeles has the highest number of fatal car accidents in the state for a number of reasons and one of those reasons is that there are a lot of negligent drivers out there.
Here are some of the negligent driver acts that cause intersection accidents:
- Failure to yield in stop sign
- Running a red light
- Driving under the influence
- Aggressive driving and road rage
There is also a growing debate on whether red-light cameras help reduce the number of intersection accidents or does it actually contribute to the increase of its occurrence.
Recent studies show that the instincts of many motorists when seeing a red-light camera is to suddenly hit the brakes.
This resulted in an increase of rear-end crashes near intersections.
Another possible factor that contributes to the occurrence of intersection accidents is the presence of large trucks.
The size of a big rig is enough to block the vision of other motorists.
This could cause other motorists' to not see traffic signs and incoming vehicles from the other directions of the intersection.
Another danger that is posed by big trucks occurs on intersections that allow U-turns.
Unlike smaller vehicles, big rigs and semis need a lot of space before they can perform a U-turn so they start off from the rightmost lane before turning left.
If a motorist misreads the intention of the truck, then it may lead to a collision.
To prevent most of these dangers, you can follow these safety tips when approaching intersections:
- Stop before entering intersection because you have to and not because of the red light camera.
- Yield on stop signs before entering intersection and check for incoming vehicles from all directions twice.
- Slow down when approaching an intersection.
- Watch out for vehicles that speed up to beat the red light.
- When a truck is resting on the shoulder near an intersection, make sure that you know its intention before passing. Is it going left, right or forward? Will it be making a U-turn? You can usually know what the truck is going to do by the signal of their tail lights.
- Do not enter intersection unless you have the right of way.
If you have been injured in an intersection accident, consult an expert personal injury lawyer to help identify the liable party and to know what legal actions you can take.