With traffic entering from different directions, varying speeds, and numerous vehicles stopping and starting, intersections are one of the most dangerous places to drive. In fact, according to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 50% of all crashes that result in injury or death occur at or near intersections. Considering the forces involved in various types of wrecks, an intersection accident can result in serious injuries that can change your life forever.
The car accident lawyers at Paul Padda Law help people in Las Vegas who have incurred injuries in accidents that occurred at or near dangerous intersections. After a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Let us help you get your life back. Call us at (702) 366-1888, or visit us online to schedule a free consultation of your case.
The Most Dangerous Intersections in Las Vegas
It’s helpful to know where the most dangerous intersections are in your community. It was recently reported that 28 fatal accidents occurred over the last three years at the following Las Vegas intersections:
- Flamingo and Pecos Roads
- Boulder Highway and Nellis Boulevard
- I-215 and I-15
Other intersections that consistently rank among the most dangerous in the Las Vegas area include:
- West Sahara Avenue and South Decatur Boulevard
- Paradise Road and East Tropicana Avenue
- East Charleston Boulevard and South Lamb Boulevard
- Arville Street and West Sahara Avenue
- West Tropicana Avenue and South Decatur Boulevard
Again, any intersection is inherently dangerous. Be particularly careful when entering intersections with unusual traffic patterns, multiple directions of travel, or those that involve traffic traveling at a high rate of speed.
What Causes Intersection Accidents?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has previously estimated that 96% of intersection accidents were caused by driver error. Their report provides further detail on what constitutes driver error in causing these accidents:
- Failure to pay attention – 44.1%
- False assumption regarding other’s actions – 8.4%
- Turning with an obstructed view – 7.8%
- Illegal maneuver – 6.8%
- Driver distraction – 5.7%
- Misjudged the speed and distance of other vehicles – 5.5%
It’s interesting to note that the leading cause of intersection accidents is, by far, is the failure to pay attention. Turning with an obstructed view highlights the seriousness of the problem. Drivers are turning into the intersection without being able to see oncoming traffic. These two factors account for more than half of intersection accidents, suggesting that many of these accidents would be avoidable if people were more aware while driving.
How to Prevent Intersection Accidents
While you can’t control the actions of your fellow motorists, some things you can do to avoid getting into an intersection action include:
- Stay alert and pay attention. Keep your mind focused on your driving, and try to avoid daydreaming. Regularly check your mirrors and keep an active lookout for potential hazards.
- Eliminate distractions. Phones are an obvious culprit, but other common distractions include the radio, GPS units, passengers, and eating while driving. Anything that takes your mind or eyes off the road or hands off the wheel is considered a distraction that could lead to an accident.
- Be patient. Be sure that you are able to safely enter before turning into the intersection. Don’t run the light. Anticipate light changes and be prepared to stop safely.
- Be a predictable driver. Obey traffic laws and use your turn signals. Avoid changing lanes while approaching or traveling through an intersection.
Contact Paul Padda Law Today
Most intersection accidents are the result of someone’s negligence. Unfortunately, the party responsible for your crash may refuse to accept responsibility for their actions. At Paul Padda Law, we can help you with your claim so that you can focus on your recovery. We will help you build your case and deal with the insurance companies, while fighting for you to obtain the compensation you deserve. If you’ve been injured in a dangerous intersection and don’t know what to do, call us at (702) 366-1888, or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free evaluation.