Whether you’ve been a licensed Rhode Island driver for decades or are still inexperienced, when you get behind the wheel, you understand there are certain inherent risks associated with driving. You also understand that you’re obligated to adhere to all traffic laws and safety regulations, which increases your chances of safely arriving at your destination. There are undoubtedly some sections of roads that are more dangerous than others, such as intersections. Unfortunately, collisions often occur at crossroads.
There are several types of intersections, including some secured by traffic lights or stop signs and others that are unmarked. You’ve likely navigated intersections many times without any problems arising. However, if there’s a distracted, intoxicated or reckless driver in your vicinity, you might not make it through without suffering an injury in a collision.
Half of all collisions occur at intersections
The Federal Highway Administration lists intersection collisions as the second most frequent car accident type, with rear-end collisions ranking first.. Nearly 100% of intersection crashes involve driver error. Every time you approach an intersection where other vehicles are present, you’re at risk for collision.
This is one of many reasons you must pay close attention to your surroundings as you approach and enter an intersection. Especially if you’re navigating an intersection you travel through regularly, as it’s easy to become lax in alertness because you feel familiar with the surroundings. Practicing the habit of carefully surveilling all visible areas every time you approach a crossroads will increase your chances of getting through safely.
More intersection safety tips
If you want to be as safe as possible at an intersection, it’s always best to pause when your light turns green instead of immediately entering the crossroads. A moment’s pause may be all you need to avoid a collision if another driver fails to stop at a red light. Speed is also a critical factor in keeping you safe at intersections. Drivers who fail to slow down as they approach crossroads often cause rear-end collisions.
If you are navigating a turn, it is safest to do so at very slow speeds. Incorrect usage of turn signals can cause intersection disasters. If you notice a driver signaling left, for instance, pause to make sure that he or she is moving toward the left before you proceed. Drunk drivers often signal one way but turn the other.
If someone causes you injury in an intersection collision
If another driver is distracted or intoxicated or reckless, you might not be able to avoid an intersection collision. Surviving your injuries may mean you are in for a long, arduous recovery. Then again, recovering from minor injuries can also prove rather challenging in some instances. Emotional trauma and financial distress are common consequences of these types of accidents.
Many recovering accident victims pursue justice by seeking financial recovery for their losses in civil court. Rhode Island law allows accident victims to file legal claims against those deemed responsible for their injuries.