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The Dangers of Intersections


Published in Car Accidents,Personal Injury on January 25, 2021.

Intersections are necessary but dangerous areas on our roadways. Far too many people are injured or even killed in intersection accidents every year. If you become a victim in one, an experienced attorney can determine what happened and who owes you compensation for your damages.

Half of all car accidents happen at or near an intersection. This equates to 2.5 million intersection accidents in the United States each year. Macon is no exception and has its fair share of intersection crashes on a regular basis. Some of these accidents can be attributed to the nature or design of the intersection, traffic signs or signals, or even road conditions. However, the majority can be deduced to driving behaviors. Macon car accident lawyers want you to understand why intersections are so dangerous and what you can do if you’ve been injured in an accident at or near one.

Red Lights are Pesky

Everyone is in a hurry these days. Sitting at a red light is not on many driver’s to-do lists. Instead of slowing down and waiting until they can safely maneuver through an intersection, too many drivers throw caution to the wind and drive on through. They speed up when the traffic light turns yellow. They try to beat the lights and end up more focused on lights than the traffic around them.

Too Many Entry Points

The risk of traffic accidents rises with the number of driveways at an intersection. Intersections are often lined with businesses, with exit and entry points or driveways that go into the intersection. This fact adds to the already dangerous conditions. There are:

  • Vehicles funneling in and out of the driveways
  • Pedestrians on the sidewalk, some of them not even paying attention
  • Drivers looking for a store instead of paying attention to bicyclists by their side

Unfortunately, these driveways create a situation that’s ripe for accidents. Macon car accident attorneys know this all too well. They represent many victims who have sustained severe injuries from them. 

Illegal and Dangerous Turns

All drivers on the road must obey local and state traffic laws. They should use caution behind the wheel. Even still, many drivers make illegal or unsafe turns. Pedestrians and bicyclists are at risk when drivers make illegal turns on red, don’t check nearby crosswalks, or fail to yield the right of way. If your accident happened due to an illegal or dangerous turn, Macon car accident lawyers can hold the driver liable for your injuries.

Our Experienced Macon Car Accident Attorneys are Here for You

You don’t need to determine why or how your intersection accident occurred. At Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law, our experienced Macon car accident lawyers will assess and investigate what happened so that the appropriate steps can be taken to help you recover financially from your associated losses. We will work to negotiate a full and fair settlement, and if one cannot be reached, we aren’t afraid to litigate your claim.

Be sure to call us at (478) 746-1468 or contact us online today to schedule your free accident case review.