The hidden dangers of intersections

Intersections are dangerous. Many car accidents in Florida and everywhere in the U.S. happen at intersections. Indeed, the converging and busy traffic raise the risk of collision due to drivers’ errors.

dangers of intersectionsWithout a doubt, the reasons why an intersection is the perfect place for auto accidents are highly conceivable. Irresponsible drivers running the lights, distracted driving behaviors, or simply a bad knowledge of the Traffic Laws and driving rules for the State of Florida are common causes of car accidents occurring at road intersections. While on the roads, intersections are unavoidable and car accidents are always pending. On the busy roads of Tampa or St. Petersburg-Clearwater areas, auto accidents can happen at any time of the day, regardless of your showing caution.

When taking the driving test, many fear the moment when they will have to cross an intersection. It is true that with so much merging together at once, it’s hard to keep everything straight when you are not used to it. However, many of those passing the test are not always as careful as they tried to be during the driving test.

According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), accidents at intersections account for about half of all serious injuries and more than 20% of fatalities. Sadly, this is not hard to believe. Anywhere on the roads, you can easily notice the presence of remnants of accidents on and near busy intersections. Broken glass, evidence of heavy breaking, tire pieces, etc.

This is why drivers should always be careful when approaching or crossing an intersection. Assuming that other drivers are paying as much attention as you is a disillusion and an indulgence you can’t afford. Many times, this assumption have led to terrible car accidents.

Whereas more than 90% of drivers say that running a red light is “dangerous and unacceptable”, one out of three drivers admitted running a red light within the past 30 days, according to 2013 survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. These dreadful numbers prove it one more time: the only way to keep yourself, your loved ones and other road users safe is by staying focused on the road and other people’s driving.

Florida counts more than 16 million drivers. This represents a lot of auto accidents occurring on our highways and roads. In 2009, 235 778 traffic accidents happened in Florida. This represents 646 crashes per day. In order to avoid auto accidents, drivers must be at the best of their ability. But despite all the precautions you might take, the accident is often unavoidable.  

If you have been involved in an auto accident in Tampa, St Petersburg-Clearwater or anywhere else in Florida, our experienced car accident lawyers will work with you to reduce your stress.

If you are ever involved in an intersection accident or any type of car accident, you will need the help of car accident specialists. Take immediate action and seek experienced and dedicated legal representation. John Bales Attorneys will help you through this difficult time so you can focus on leaving the accident behind.

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