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Causes of Intersection Accidents and Safety Issues

Posted on in Catastrophic Injuries

An auto accident can be a truly devastating experience. While minor fender benders might be little more than a small inconvenience, a severe crash can be life changing, and even deadly. Victims often lose weeks or months from their lives, and the consequences of an accident can affect the quality of their life circumstances for years to come.

Car accidents tend to occur most often at intersections, i.e. spots where two or more roads going in different directions cross one another. This is because intersections are places where cars can be heading directly toward one another, and the potential for conflict during activities such as turning left or right, or crossing lanes is high.

Efforts are now being made to study intersections, especially in areas that seem to be accident-prone. The National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey collects data, information and statistics related to accidents and crash scenes. As time goes by, patterns and tendencies related to accidents are gradually being identified. The goal of data collection is to be able to determine the factors that tend to contribute most to the occurrence of auto accidents so that more accidents can be avoided and the number of serious injuries and fatal intersection accidents lessened.

The accident data collected tends to focus on these main factors

  • Gender and age of driver
  • Traffic control device at the intersection
  • Driver distractions
  • Traffic violations by drivers

If you have been injured in an intersection-related car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Speak to a San Jose personal injury attorney to learn more about your legal options.

Source: NHTSA, "Crash Factors in Intersection-Related Crashes: An On-Scene Perspective."

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