If it seems as though you hear about intersection accidents occurring every day, you’re right; because they do. Although all roads are dangerous and crashes can happen just about anywhere, they most commonly occur at intersections.
Intersections are like puzzles: so many pieces must work together in order to get things right. When one of these pieces doesn’t fit, you’ve got disaster waiting for you. If someone drives through a stop light or sign, isn’t paying attention to the other drivers around him, speeds, or doesn’t give the proper right-of-way for the intersection, a major accident could occur.
Accident Prevention Starts With You
Perhaps the most important aspect to keep in mind is that your safety depends on you. Never assume a driver will perform an action, because if you do, you put your life in his or her hands. Other ways you may prevent a crash from occurring include:
- Look both ways before going through the intersection. Running red lights is the leading cause of intersection accidents.
- Don’t race a yellow light and never assume you are safe driving through an intersection when the light is yellow.
- Don’t enter an intersection if the traffic is backed up on the other side. You may be stuck in the middle when the light changes and other drivers are attempting to cross.
- Look for cars crossing in front of you at an intersection. Those drivers may have a green arrow and will cross ahead of you.
- Never change lanes when passing through an intersection; wait until you are through.
- Stop behind the paved line at the intersection. Going out too far could result in a collision.
When the Worst Happens
No matter how safely you drive, you can’t control the actions of those around you. If you were injured in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation. The Wayne Wright law firm has helped many victims in the Austin area, and we may be able to do the same for you.
Call us today to schedule a FREE consultation about your case. If your injuries prevent you from traveling, we will come to you.