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3 dangerous actions at intersections that can lead to wrecks

On Behalf of | Feb 13, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Intersections can be very busy locations. Dozens of vehicles may approach an intersection in rapid succession. Drivers have to quickly analyze their environment and then make a decision about when and how to proceed through the intersection.

Sometimes, the choices or mistakes that drivers make while approaching an intersection can directly contribute to their chances of a crash. Certain behaviors are more likely than others to lead to a potential collision. For example, the following are some of the riskiest choices possible at a busy intersection.

Turning left

Most intersections only afford drivers three options. They can proceed directly ahead, turn right or turn left. Although turning left might be the most direct approach to someone’s destination, that does not necessarily mean it is the best or safest option. Drivers who turn left often have a longer period of exposure to oncoming traffic than those going straight or turning right at an intersection. Left-hand turns have a strong association with preventable collisions and play a role in the majority of reported intersection crashes.

Failing to indicate intent

Everyone approaching an intersection at the same time should attempt to communicate with each other for optimal safety. Brake lights and turn signals are crucial to nonverbal communication among motorists. When drivers do not use their turn signals, other people might misunderstand their intentions. Crashes can easily result from a driver failing to use turn signals. Improper maintenance of a vehicle might mean that someone uses their turn signals but they do not illuminate. Drivers who fail to indicate a turn or properly maintain their vehicles could be liable if a crash occurs.

Rolling through instead of stopping

Whether there is a traffic light or a stop sign at an intersection, a driver typically needs to come to a complete stop to comply with the law. However, many drivers instead perform rolling stops. They slow down but do not actually stop their vehicles. They may then feed through the intersection, possibly catching other motorists off guard.

Drivers who make a point of learning about common driving mistakes and the safety implications they have can reduce their chances of causing a collision. At the end of the day, being proactive about safety is one way to mitigate liability and protect oneself from the possibility of a life-altering crash.