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Common Causes of Intersection Crashes

Intersections are some of the most congested areas on public roads. Sometimes two, three, four, or more roads all converge on a point, and with this much traffic, the rate of collisions increases dramatically. Fortunately, if you have been injured in a traffic accident, you might be entitled to compensation. Don’t hesitate to contact a St. Louis truck accident lawyer for more information.

Statistically Dangerous

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 40% of all vehicle collisions happen at intersections. This works out to more than 2 million intersection crashes each year on U.S. roads. In Missouri, 25 people were killed in signalized intersection crashes in 2015.

According to NHTSA, drivers are responsible for over 90% of intersection accidents. These reasons include:

  • Insufficient surveillance of the surrounding area (44.1%)
  • Wrong assumptions about how other drivers would react (8.4%)
  • Obstructed view when turning (7.8%)
  • Illegal action or maneuver (6.8%)
  • Distracted driving (5.7%)
  • Misjudgment about the other driver’s speed or the gap between vehicles (5.5%)

If drivers pay attention to their surroundings and follow traffic rules, then they can dramatically decrease their risk of injury in an intersection collision. If not, they can wait for emergency services to arrive to transport them to the hospital.

Types of Intersection Crashes

Two or more vehicles can collide quite easily at intersections if one or both drivers make errors. Common collisions include:

  • Rear-end collisions, which often occur because one driver is following another too closely behind another vehicle.
  • Side-impact crashes, which typically happen when one driver runs a red light and T-bones another vehicle
  • Head-on collisions, when one driver tries to turn in front of oncoming traffic without enough time
  • Pileups, when multiple vehicles collide into each other, setting off a chain reaction
  • Side-swipes, when drivers do not check their blind spot for bicyclists and motorcyclists before turning

A common denominator in these accidents is careless or aggressive driving. Had drivers followed traffic safety rules and obeyed traffic signals, then many of these car accidents would not have occurred.

Visual Obstructions

Not all intersection accidents are caused by risking or careless behavior. Instead, some drivers might not see oncoming traffic or traffic signs and therefore enter the intersection at inopportune times, putting themselves in danger. For example, the following might block a driver’s line of sight:

  • Overgrown shrubbery or branches that block traffic signs
  • Missing traffic signals
  • Parked cars that block the driver’s view
  • Glare reflecting off parked cars that blinds drivers

Depending on the circumstances, someone might be to blame for these visual obstructions. For example, the municipality might be responsible for properly trimming shrubbery so that it does not obstruct traffic signs.

Recovery after an Intersection Collision with the Help of a St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured in a collision, you might be entitled to compensation. At Schultz & Myers, our clients have received financial compensation for lost wages, medical care, vehicle damage, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Because every situation is different, you should consult with a St. Louis personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Call Schultz & Myers, 314-444-4444, to schedule your free case evaluation.


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