The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) explains that accidents at intersections with no signals are the most dangerous type of intersection accident. Only defensive judgment can prevent collisions when no traffic lights provide clear directions to motorists.
Too often, motorists disregard traffic signals, ignore rights of way, and cause preventable intersection accidents as a consequence. If you follow a few simple rules for intersection safety, you'll avoid becoming the subject of an accident-related claim or lawsuit.
Abide by the Left-Right-Left Rule
It turns out that drill sergeants would make good driving instructors. Anyone who encounters an intersection should not proceed until they've looked left, then right, then left again. The left-right-left rule is one that safe drivers swear by.
While you cannot sit idle at a stop sign or traffic light all day, you must take the time to scan your surroundings before moving through an intersection. This will allow you to spot oncoming vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other hazards.
More Tips for Preventing Intersection Accidents
My firm sees the pain and hardship that motor vehicle accident victims endure, and we advise you to take every possible step to avoid a collision. You can reduce your risk of suffering injuries in an intersection accident by:
● Yielding the right of way if you're ever in doubt (a wave of the hand will inform other motorists to go ahead)
● Proceeding slowly through the intersection
● Continuing to watch for oncoming traffic even as you proceed through the intersection
● Making evasive maneuvers (braking or swerving) to avoid any impending collision
There is no such thing as “too much caution” at an intersection. Those who fail to exercise caution cause accidents, injuries, and property damage. Those careless parties must pay for the harm they cause.
Call the Law Offices of Paul L. Schneiderman If You Are the Victim of a Motor Vehicle Accident in Seattle, Washington
Thirty-three people died in King County intersection accidents in 2021, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The cost of negligence at intersections is immense, and our team helps intersection collision victims in Seattle get justice.
Call me today at 206-464-1952 for your free consultation, or contact my firm online. I will fight for the financial recovery you deserve.