The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that 43 percent of all motor vehicle accidents occur at intersections. While some blame the inherently complex and dangerous design of intersections, the truth is that driver error, estimated to be as high as 96 percent, is the leading cause of accidents at intersections.
The most commonly occurring types of driver error are over-correction, failure to use turn signals, distracted driving, and neglecting blind spots. Specific factors that result in intersection accident include inadequate surveillance (44%), false assumptions of others’ actions (8.4%), turning with obstructed view (7.8%), illegal maneuvers (6.8%), internal distractions (5.7%) and misjudgment of gap or others’ speed (5.5%).
Unfortunately, due to the fact that intersection accidents often involve other drivers and pedestrians, they can be one of the most deadly types of accidents. The website of the Louisville car accident attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm state that of the many accidents people can be involved in and the many ways people can be injured, car accidents are by far the most prevalent and devastating. In fact, according to the NHTSA, 58 percent of all pedestrian injuries and 21 percent of fatal pedestrian injuries occur at intersections and involve a motor vehicle. The NHTSA also states that about a fifth off all fatal car accidents occur at intersections.
While there are certain safety measures one can take to lower their risk of causing an accident, that fact of the matter is that one is unable to control other’s actions while on the road. Therefore it is important to always be aware of one’s surroundings and never assume another driver’s actions.