There are many reasons why people get into auto accidents. At intersections, drivers are more likely to get into collisions with other people due to there being cross-traffic present. The causes vary, but some of the most common include distractions, speeding and driving while impaired.
As a driver, it’s important to take steps to minimize your risk of getting into a crash. Here are three major causes of accidents and how you can mitigate the risk of a crash as a result of them:
1. Driving while distracted
When driving, you have to stay focused on the road. This is particularly important when you’re approaching an intersection. Someone who is not paying attention may run a red light or could blow right past a stop sign. For your own safety, approach all intersections cautiously. Look both ways before entering, and stop if you believe that someone to your right or left is going to go through a red light or stop sign. It’s better to slow down traffic than to get hit.
Speeding is another common cause of collisions at intersections, because drivers may not have time to stop when the light turns yellow. When the light has just turned, always look both ways to see if there are any drivers headed your direction who don’t have time to slow down and stop at their red light.
3. Driving drunk
Drunk drivers are a hazard to others. They may be so impaired that they don’t even notice those around them or might decide to take a risk and blow through a red light to see if they can pass through successfully. If you see any drivers with unusual behaviors, don’t pull into the intersection or attempt to make a turn. Wait for them to pass.
If you do end up in a wreck despite your best efforts, you have every reason to seek compensation for your losses. Learn more about your legal options today.