Why are intersections so dangerous? 

An intersection is a point where two roads intersect. This means that traffic traveling in different directions comes together. Of course, intersections are managed by traffic lights to ensure the safe and continuous flow of traffic. Nonetheless, intersections do not function perfectly. Research suggests that 50 % of all serious road traffic collisions occur at intersections. 

Why are intersections so dangerous? 

Failing to manage speed

The safest way to slow down is to come to a controlled stop rather than slamming on the brakes. Unfortunately, some drivers do not put this into practice. They may see slowing down gradually as adding time onto their journey. They may not be in the mood to slow down for anyone or anything- including the intersection. 

Failing to manage speed before arriving at an intersection is one of the most common causes of rear-end collisions. 

The amount of activity 

Not only do intersections have traffic coming from different directions, but they may include crosswalks and cycle lanes. Intersections are busy places with a lot of activity. This means that drivers must have their full focus on the road. Even a glance at a cell phone means that a driver could miss something vitally important, such as a pedestrian crossing the road. 

Managing your speed effectively and using turn signals can help to keep you safe at intersections. Unfortunately, no matter how safety-conscious you are, you cannot control the actions of other road users. If you have been injured at an intersection, you may be entitled to financial compensation for any negligence from the other road user. 


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