Intersections can be tricky – even for the most experienced drivers. Whether the intersection goes two, three or four ways or involves stop lights or stop signs, foreseeing the moves that the other drivers will make is easier said than done.
Intersections are common places for accidents. That’s because there are so many factors that can affect one’s ability to make it through the intersection safely. Pedestrians, lack of turn signals, confusing roads and signals, poor signage, and distracted motorists can all affect other vehicles and cause serious crashes, especially at high speeds.
If you have been injured in a crash at an intersection in Brooklyn or anywhere throughout NYC, Oliveri and Schwartz can help.
Our Brooklyn car accident lawyers can evaluate your case and determine who caused the accident. You’ll also understand what legal options are available to you. Call us today at 800-427-9546.
Causes of Intersection Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), poor signage, confusing lanes and blind spots are to blame for most fatal accidents. Many intersections lack left-hand turn lanes, which means that drivers have to be quick in order to execute these turns. Senior citizens tend to be slower, which makes them vulnerable to crashes. By installing these turn lanes, accidents can be reduced by as much as 30 percent, according to the NHTSA.
Business districts and school zones tend to have more foot traffic, which makes pedestrians more likely to be involved in a crash caused by an impatient driver. To remedy this situation, many cities have incorporated walking bridges, underpasses, and overpasses for pedestrians to cross streets without having to worry about being hit by motorists. This also helps put motorists at ease.
Unclear road signs can also lead to accidents. If a motorist has to slow down to read a sign, they could be hit from behind. In addition, some signs are difficult to read in the dark, at a time when they are most important. Larger signs made of reflective material can help in this regard.
Along the same lines, lack of lighting is also an issue. This is especially true in rural areas, where there are typically no street lights. Having lights at intersections can help motorists see others and prevent accidents.
Legal Help from Brooklyn Car Accident Attorneys
Intersection accidents can be deadly. If you do survive, you may be living with pain, injuries, or disfigurement for a very long time – maybe even the rest of your life.
In the case of an intersection accident, there are many factors at play. There are many things that can be done to help with poor road design. More lights, well-maintained roads, and more turn signals can help drivers navigate the roadways safely. If these elements caused your crash, there are several legal options available to you.
An experienced Brooklyn intersection accident lawyer can evaluate your case and help you move on from an injury accident. You may be able to recover compensation for physical injuries, emotional damages, and more.
To learn more, call Oliveri and Schwartz today at 800-427-9546 for a free consultation.