Virginia intersection accident attorneys
Do intersections have the most accidents in Virginia?
We Virginia drivers pass through a lot of intersections each day.
It’s scary when you consider that 40 percent of all traffic accidents in the United States happen at intersections - about 2.5 million a year. And 20 percent of all traffic fatalities happen at intersections, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Intersection accidents are the second largest category of accidents in America. (Rear-end accidents are No. 1.)
With these facts in mind, we at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys urge you to be extra careful when stopped at and driving through intersections.
As drivers, it’s easy to forget how dangerous intersections can be. Lack of concern can contribute to the danger because people let their guards down in familiar situations. Don’t fall into that trap.
But unfortunately, being alert is not enough to avoid accidents. Many times, people are hurt through no fault of their own. When they are, the bills pile up - medical costs, lost wages, property damage, and more.
At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we fight for our neighbors who have been injured because of the negligence of another person or company. We have more than 60 years’ combined experience, and we consider helping those who have been hurt a calling.
If you’re hurt and have questions, call our Virginia car accident lawyers at (804) 413-6777 for a free consultation. If we take your case, you pay nothing upfront - no retainers, no out-of-pocket expenses, nothing. We only get paid if we make you money. That’s our no-fee guarantee.
What causes most intersection accidents?
The five most common causes of intersection accidents are as follows, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). We also offer these tips to help you be safer:
- Inadequate surveillance: "Inadequate surveillance" could be described as not "watching out!" It’s a common cause of traffic accidents: not looking carefully where you’re about to go, such as when turning or changing lanes.
When turning left at an intersection, look out for oncoming traffic, as well as for cars, bicyclists, or pedestrians crossing the street in the direction you’re about to turn.
Inadequate surveillance could also be forgetting to check the rearview mirror and both side-view mirrors before switching lanes. Try to always do this.
- False assumption: When a driver makes a false assumption or inaccurate prediction about what another driver is about to do, he may act based on that assumption.
For instance, when approaching an intersection to make a left turn, you might assume that an oncoming driver notices your turn signal and will slow down to allow you to turn. If the approaching driver does not slow down or stop, there will be a collision. False assumptions are often expressed as, "I thought he saw me," or "I thought he was going to stop."
- Obstructed view: Your view can be obstructed by many things: part of your vehicle, a passenger, another vehicle (such as a large truck), a tree covering a stop sign, approaching headlights, bright sunshine at a low angle, fog, snow, rain, etc. Visual obstructions cause 7.8 percent of all intersection accidents. Be extra-careful anytime your view is obstructed.
- Illegal maneuvers: While you may be a safe driver, you can’t count on other drivers to act accordingly. Illegal maneuvers like speeding, running a red light, failing to stop at a stop sign, or making an illegal turn can lead to intersection accidents and serious injuries.
- Distracted driving: Distracted driving - specifically, using cell phones and other devices while driving - has become an epidemic on America’s roadways, and intersections are no exception. In fact, intersections are particularly vulnerable because many drivers check their phones while stopped at red lights.
We hope that by explaining these common causes (and some remedies) for intersection accidents, we can help you and your family avoid being involved in one. But although you may drive responsibly, there’s no guarantee that other drivers will do the same. If you are injured or lose a loved one in an intersection accident, we at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys can help you get the compensation you and your family deserve.
Once again, it costs you nothing to hire us. To find out more, call us today at (804) 413-6777 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
- Intersection Safety - Federal Highway Administration
- Crash Factors in Intersection-Related Crashes: An On-Scene Perspective
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- Safety Education
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- Annual Coat Drive
During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
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