Top

Intersection Accidents: What You Need to Know

Think about your commute to and from work. How many intersections do you have to go through to get to your destination? According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), one-quarter of traffic fatalities in the United States happen in intersections, making them one of the most dangerous aspects of driving. Vehicles are not the only things passing through intersections; pedestrians and bicyclists also use intersections as they make their way to a destination.

Most intersection accidents are caused by human error, such as another driver running a red light or making a left turn. But some accidents are more likely to happen at an intersection that was poorly designed or configured or maybe has obstructed signage. Rear-end collisions are side-swipes are the most common types of accidents that happen at intersections.

Avoiding an Accident at an Intersection

To protect yourself and your passengers, there are a few things you can do to avoid becoming another statistic at an intersection.

Always Pay Attention

Watch the cross traffic at an intersection. You might have the right of way when going through an intersection, but a car in cross traffic could make a right turn right in front of you, or someone going in the opposite direction of you could try to squeeze in a left turn.

Always Obey Traffic Laws

Stop for red lights. Do not change lanes in the middle of an intersection. Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists if they have the right of way. Even if you’re not at the front of the line to make a right-hand turn, pedestrians could be crossing the street so the cars ahead of you will have to yield to them, so always look ahead.

If the signals are out at an intersection and the police haven’t shown up yet to direct traffic, treat the intersection as if it were a four-way stop. But know that other drivers may not know to do the same.

Drive Defensively

Just because you obey the traffic laws and stop for red lights doesn’t mean other drivers will. Don’t assume everyone will drive as safely as you. Focus on your driving—this means putting your smartphone away to avoid distracted driving, and also resist the urge to fiddle with your car’s GPS system or stereo while driving. Be alert to road conditions and unexpected hazards. And look ahead far down the road, not just at what’s right in front of you.

Tenn And Tenn, P.A., Intersection Accident Attorneys in New Hampshire

If you followed all the rules of the road but were still involved in an accident at an intersection due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for any injuries you might have received and for any property damage you may have suffered. Tenn And Tenn, P.A. can help. Call us today at (888) 332-5855 or fill out a contact form to learn how we can help you.

Categories: 
Related Posts
  • Motor Vehicle Accident On Unpaved Country Road: Who is Responsible? Read More
  • What Happens if a Wild Animal Causes a Motor Vehicle Accident? Read More
  • What Happens if an Animal Inside a Vehicle Causes an Accident? Read More
/
Why Choose Tenn And Tenn Let Our Family Help Your Family
  • A Family Firm

    We are a family committed to providing excellent service to our clients.

  • Statewide Service
    We work hard to obtain the best results possible for clients throughout New Hampshire.
  • Trial-Tested Attorneys
    Our lawyers are experienced courtroom advocates who are ready to take your case to trial to obtain justice.
Free Injury Consultations Available Contact Us Today

Whether you have questions or you’re ready to get started, our award-winning legal team is ready to help. Complete our form below or call us at (888) 332-5855.

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.

Please do not include any confidential or sensitive information in a contact form, text message, or voicemail. The contact form sends information by non-encrypted email, which is not secure. Submitting a contact form, sending a text message, making a phone call, or leaving a voicemail does not create an attorney-client relationship.