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Safely navigating intersections to avoid car accidents

On Behalf of | Jun 5, 2020 | Car Accidents |

It probably would not surprise Minnesota residents to know that intersections are dangerous places to be. A large number of car accidents take place at these crossroads, but it is possible to increase the chances of safely navigating them. Drivers can take certain precautions that could end up saving their and other people’s lives.

It may be tempting to pick up some speed at an intersection in order to avoid having to wait at a red light. However, doing so does not give drivers the opportunity to quickly respond to any emergency that could arise. For instance, pedestrians, bicyclists and even other vehicles can change the situation without warning, and drivers need to make sure they are prepared for those eventualities. Speeding means increased stopping distances and less time to react safely.

Along the same line is beginning to move through an intersection as soon as a light turns green. Drivers should be able to rely on having the right of way, but other drivers may not respect that fact. It would be more advantageous to wait a couple of seconds to make sure the intersection is clear. Some drivers who attempt to “beat the light” end up running a red light. If a driver with a green light moves too quickly, it could result in a crash.

Other recommendations such as making sure there is a way out of a situation, clearly signaling intentions to turn and more could also help save lives. Far too many Minnesota drivers end up suffering serious injuries in car accidents that could have been prevented if other drivers simply followed these and other rules of the road. When another driver’s negligence or recklessness does result in injuries, it may be worthwhile to explore the idea of filing a personal injury claim to pursue restitution for the damages incurred in the aftermath of the situation.