Technically, you face risks every time you drive, no matter what type of road you’re on. You even see accidents resulting in serious injuries in parking lots. Do not underestimate the risk posed by powerful personal vehicles, which most people use with very little training.
That said, different roads and even sections of those roads do pose very different levels of risk. The most dangerous place to be, it turns out, is an intersection.
Most accidents happen here
According to the Department of Transportation, when you combine injury accidents and fatal crashes, more than half of them happen “at or near intersections.”
This is especially telling because, as you know, most of your time behind the wheel is likely spent on other areas of the road. Even if you live in the city, you only spend a fraction of your time at red lights and stoplights. And yet this is where most crashes happen.
How do these accidents happen? A few examples include:
- Drivers run red lights or stoplights
- Drivers rush to make it through yellow lights
- Drivers fail to stop in time and rear-end other cars
- Drivers make mistakes at two-way and four-way stops, driving when they are supposed to yield the right of way
- Drivers hit cyclists and pedestrians who are also at the intersection, often because they fail to look for them since they’re so intent on watching other cars
Above all, intersections just naturally increase danger because traffic in one direction must cross in front of traffic moving in a perpendicular direction. If you get injured in such a crash, you may be able to seek financial compensation.