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3 Things that Make Intersections Dangerous

Nichol & Associates, Attorneys at Law Feb. 11, 2022

Crashes can happen anywhere. Yet around 40% of all vehicle crashes happen at intersections. There are several reasons for this, and understanding them can help you stay safe.

On a typical stretch of road with no turnings, all you have to cope with is drivers heading in the same direction as you. All that changes at a junction where you have drivers going in all directions. Here are some of the issues that increase crash risk:

A Lack of Clear Communication

You and every other driver need to predict each other’s movements on the road. Turn signals help a lot here. Yet some drivers forget to use them or only put them on late. Others think they have put them on without realizing they are broken. All those leave other people guessing as to their intentions.

Misjudging Speed

When making a turn across the road, you need to assess whether you have time before an approaching vehicle reaches you. This can be a particular problem when looking at an approaching motorcycle, as many drivers do not realize how fast they move.

Not Looking Properly

You often need to slow down to check properly before proceeding at an intersection. Some drivers are lazy and fail to check in all directions. Others are impatient and just make a quick glance while others are not paying attention because they are concentrated on their phone or some other distraction.

Working out why a driver crashed into you at an intersection is not always straightforward. Getting legal help to do so can help you get the compensation you need for your injuries.