Intersection Accidents: What is to be done?

The Federal Highway Administration indicates that there are about 2.5 million  intersection accidents a year. Frequently these accidents involve left-hand turns. 40 per cent of all accidents involve intersections. Half of all serious accidents happen at intersections and 20% of these involve fatalities. Nearly 200,000 accidents happen each year at intersections where one of the parties is running a red light. Nearly 1,000 people a year die from red light runners. Running a red light, the speed, and angle of impact are what drive these horrific statistics.

Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Fatality Analysis Reporting System are the primary sources.

What is to be done?

Here is a YouTube video that gives you some tips on how to avoid an accident at

Traffic & Parking Control Co., Inc’s. website ( also has some good tips about avoiding accidents at intersections: If you follow these five rules, you may decrease your odds of becoming a statistic.

  1. Always watch for cross traffic when approaching an intersection. Even if you have the right-of-way, don’t assume every driver will stop on ‘red’.
  2. When turning right on ‘red’, make sure the car ahead of you clears. Rear-end collisions are one of the most common intersection related accidents.
  3. Side-swipes are the second leading type of intersection-related accidents. It’s important to never change lanes while driving through an intersection as another vehicle may be turning from a cross street into your lane.
  4. A faulty or dead traffic light system, creating an uncontrolled intersection, is one of the most dangerous traffic situations. Always treat an intersection with a faulty traffic light system as a four-way stop – but be extremely cognizant that some drivers may not know what to do in this situation.
  5. Vehicles aren’t the only ones travelling through intersections. Watch for pedestrians using sidewalks and cyclists using bicycle lanes before accelerating or turning at an intersection.

Most of us have to drive everyday, so it falls to each one of us to be a little more aware and take some extra precautions, just in case.

If you have any safety tips, especially for intersections, we’d love to hear them.

From all of us at Southern Assurance, we wish you safe travels.


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