Why do so many collisions happen at intersections?
According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are approximately 2.5 million collisions at intersections each year, which comprise nearly 40% of all collisions. 50% of all catastrophic injury accidents occur in intersections, as well as 20% of all traffic-related fatalities.
So, why do so many collisions occur at intersections? The primary reason is that at least two roads must cross at intersections. With potentially several lanes of traffic heading in different directions, it is easy for a collision to happen, especially if a motorist is not paying attention, is inebriated, or is otherwise behaving negligently.
The most commonly cited causes of intersection accidents are:
- Failing to pay attention to the proper flow of traffic
- Driving through an intersection with an obstructed view
- Making inaccurate assumptions about another driver’s behavior
- Performing illegal traffic maneuvers
- Misjudging other vehicles’ speeds or the space between vehicles
- Driving while distracted
The majority of intersection accidents are caused by driver error or recklessness. When people fail to pay attention or are otherwise behaving negligently, severe and often fatal accidents could occur. There are some instances where a government entity could be liable for an intersection crash, however. These include:
- Failure to provide a separate left-hand turn lane
- Improper intersection design
- Poor visibility of traffic signs and signals, including failure to clear obstructions from traffic signs
- Failure to put stop signs at intersections
- Mis-timing of traffic signals
If a city or municipality fails to properly design or maintain an intersection and a serious injury accident occurs, the victims could be eligible to pursue an accident claim against the entity responsible for the crash.
If you have been hurt in an intersection crash in Connecticut, you could be owed significant compensation. As drivers and passengers, we trust that others on the road will drive with caution and care. We also trust that those responsible for the roads and intersections will keep us safe from harm. If any party fails in that duty, we have the right to take decisive legal action.
Were you hurt in an intersection accident that was not your fault? Contact a knowledgeable injury attorney at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to discuss your accident and learn more about your right to compensation. Call us at 203-397-1283 to schedule a free consultation today.