Common causes of intersection crashes

Whether we like it or not, road accidents occur, and the most painful part is when it happens to you or a loved one. Depending on the injuries sustained, this can be a harrowing experience that can affect the victim’s family and work.

Like other states, North Carolina (NC) has its own fair share of road accidents. While traffic crashes increased by 2.8% in 2017, Commissioner Torre J. Jessup of the NC Division of Motor Vehicles said the number of fatalities decreased by 3.1% compared to those in 2016.

Where do most road accidents occur? According to the Federal Highway Administration, over 50% of the combined total of fatal and injury crashes happen at or near intersections. AAA International Relations, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, and the National Safety Council said this makes intersections one of the most dangerous places on the road.

What makes intersections challenging for motorists? By their nature, intersections are points of conflict. The people there — those in vehicles, pedestrians, and bikers — cross paths as they travel from one route to another. This makes the area a common place for accidents, especially if the place is congested.

Common causes of intersection crashes include:

  • Obstructed view
  • Insufficient surveillance
  • Distracted driving
  • Failing to follow the right of way
  • Alcohol or drugs
  • Reckless driving
  • Changing lanes
  • Following too closely
  • Disregarding traffic signs

Regardless of the cause, victims of intersection crashes, and any type of auto crash, may have to deal with substantial burdens. These burdens include hospital bills, limited capacity to work, injuries, pain, anxiety, and even depression. The mounting issues may prove too much for the victim and his or her family to handle. In times like these, it’s important to consult a personal injury lawyer who can help the injured person file a claim against the erring party and alleviate some of the headaches and legal gymnastics required to deal with the insurance company. The money collected can be used to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and ease the victim’s pain and suffering.

Has a road accident left you dazed and confused at the crossroads of life? Don’t panic! Call Maggie Shankle and her team! The help you receive from a trusted and reliable personal injury lawyer is priceless and can allow you to focus on recovering from your injuries rather than being hassled by the insurance company.

If you’re in North Carolina, know your options by consulting Maggie Shankle of Shankle Law Firm, PA. Since 2008, she and her hardworking team have helped many people in North Carolina. Isn’t it about time you gave her a call?