Intersection Accident Lawyer in North Carolina
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Intersection Accidents in North Carolina
Car crashes in North Carolina can happen anywhere, anytime and for a variety of reasons. However, intersections are one of the most common and dangerous places for accidents. Intersecting roadways are necessary to connect people driving, walking, and bicycling from one place to another. Collisions that occur at intersections tend to be severe and often result in serious or life-threatening injuries. It is important to be aware of the common causes of intersection car crashes and how to reduce your risks.
“Unsignalized” intersection accidents are the most common type of intersection accidents in the United States. Unsignalized intersections are not controlled by a traffic sign or stoplight.
Unsignalized intersections are also known as “uncontrolled intersections.” They are most common on low-volume roadways, typically found in rural and residential areas.
“Signalized” intersections are controlled by traffic signals or signs.
Signalized intersections include:
- Stop sign controlled – at least one approach to the intersection is controlled by a stop sign
- Yield sign controlled – at least one approach to the intersection in controlled by a yield sign
Traffic signals are chosen for operational reasons and usually implemented to provide for efficient movement and traffic safety. Nevertheless, severe accidents still occur at signalized intersections and represent about one-third of all intersection fatalities, including a large portion involving red-light running.
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Wrong Way Accidents
A wrong way driving accident is one in which a vehicle traveling in a direction opposing the legal flow of traffic collides with another vehicle traveling on the same road going in the proper direction. These types of head-on collisions are usually limited to controlled access highways and ramps.
Wrong way driving crashes usually involve high speed, head-on or opposite direction sideswipe crashes that are more severe than other types of crashes. Wrong way driving accidents are considered a type of intersection accident because they often originate with an improper maneuver at an intersection.
Causes of Intersection Accidents
Intersection accidents are one of the most common types of auto accidents. Each year roughly one-quarter of traffic fatalities and about half of all traffic injuries in the United States are attributed to intersection accidents. A frequent cause of intersection auto crashes is red-light-running.
Dangerous driving behaviors that increase the chances of intersection accidents include:
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Improper passing
- Failing to yield
- Speeding or going too fast for conditions
- Distracted driving, such as texting while driving, interacting with passengers, or eating while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or medications
- Rear-end collisions due to inattention
- Head-on or side-impact collisions due to failure to yield
How to Protect Yourself from Intersection Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that intersection accidents have the potential to be the most severe crashes. These accidents often result in side-impact or T-bone accidents in which one driver slams directly into the other car on the driver or passenger’s side. When driving at high speed, these accidents can be deadly.
Although these crashes are usually the result of dangerous driving habits, a lack of traffic signals, poor lighting, vehicle malfunctions, and bad weather can also play a major role in intersection accidents.
You can reduce the risk of an intersection by:
- Paying careful attention when approaching intersections
- Moving through all intersections as quickly and safely as possible
- Not assuming that other drivers will stop, even if you have the green light
- Avoiding sitting in the middle of an intersection if you are stuck in traffic or when making a turn
- Always being cautious at night and on weekends, when most intersection accidents occur
Intersection Accident Injuries
Intersection accidents can result in all types of injuries, ranging from mild to life-threatening.
Intersection accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe burns
- Paralysis and semi-paralysis
- Loss of limbs (amputations)
- Wrongful death
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