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Why Are Intersections Dangerous Driving Locations?

Cars, trucks, motorcycles, cyclists, and even pedestrians make their way through intersections in Lebanon County on a daily basis. Unfortunately intersections are extremely dangerous places for all motorists. While intersections are designed to be safe due to traffic controls and yielding rules, intersections are actually one of the most hazardous locations drivers might find themselves in. This is primarily due to the large amount of traffic that passes through intersections every day.

While traffic lights have been installed to inform drivers when to stop and go, many drivers simply don’t pay attention to traffic controls. Unfortunately, drivers who are distracted at the wheel, intoxicated, or think they can make the light by speeding up, are often the cause of intersection accidents in Pennsylvania.

Intersections: Busy, Dangerous Places

It’s no wonder why intersections are dangerous and increase one’s risk for being in an auto accident, with drivers stopping their cars suddenly, speeding up rapidly, turning, or switching lanes. However, many people don’t realize the dangers that intersections pose. Intersections are the exact locations that involve red-light running collisions and failure to yield the right-of-way accidents.

Rear-end crashes, side-impact collisions, or head-on accidents have all occurred in intersections due to drivers failing to obey the signal lights and road rules. When these types of crashes occur, serious injuries are often the result, such as:

  • Broken bones
  • Knee injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Herniated disc injuries
  • Collarbone and shoulder injuries
  • Tibia and fibula fractures
  • Nerve injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Death

When reckless and careless drivers fail to stop at red lights or fail to yield the right-of-way, they should be held accountable for their negligent actions that led to an intersection accident. Unfortunately, victims of intersection crashes not only suffer from physical pain, but they are also are left to deal with mounting medical bills, while they are likely losing income because they cannot work. This shouldn’t be the case, which is why negligent drivers need to be held accountable.

If you have been injured in an intersection accident, you likely have many questions. To learn about your rights, please make sure you get a free copy of our book, Who Pays Your Bills When You Are Injured in an Automobile Accident?