SIGNALS ARE CRITICAL, BUT OFTEN UNUSED
Signal use is a basic driving rule. According to the Society of Automotive Engineers, drivers at an intersection fail to signal approximately 25 percent of the time. Researchers from the U.S. Department of Transportation report that many drivers don’t understand the importance of signaling at an intersection. NHTSA polls report the following reasons for failure to use turning signals:
- Drivers don’t want to block access. The driver may mistakenly believe that failure to signal gives him or her greater road access.
- Others believe signals aren’t needed some of the time. For instance, if no other cars or trucks are visible, the driver may believe there’s no need to signal. In Florida, failure to signal is illegal. Not using proper turning signals at intersections increases driver risk.
- Drivers say they don’t have time to use the turn signal by the time they see the turn. Unexpected movement without warning to others on the road may cause intersection accidents. The driver is more likely to get a ticket for failure to use turning signals.
- Some drivers simply forget.
U-turns are another common cause of car accidents in intersections. Often, drivers don’t know that by law, the car making the turn must yield to other vehicles in approach from side roads or cars traveling in an opposite direction. A turn may only be made when it’s safe to do so. Though the concept seems simple, the execution often is not. Even a small miscalculation or distraction could cause cars to crash head-on, causing serious bodily harm to all involved motorists.
Intersection accidents are common because of vehicle volume or congestion. A higher number of pedestrians, vehicles, motorcyclists, and cyclists increases the risk of such wrecks. Heavily populated sections of Melbourne and Titusville report a greater number of intersection accidents. The following contributing factors add to this type of auto accident:
- lack of signage, poor signage
- dim, inadequate lighting
- aggressive, distracted drivers
- complex road layouts
- road repairs, detours at the intersection
- discontinuous sidewalks
REDUCING THE RISK & RETAINING COUNSEL
Brevard County drivers can help prevent intersection accidents by staying alert, obeying traffic rules and control signals, following the posted speed limit, and proceeding with care through an intersection. It’s the driver’s responsibility to notify municipal and state government officials of perceived dangers at intersections. The Federal Highway Administration recommends that city, town, and county municipal governments improve signal visibility, increase traffic light size, ensure adequate lighting at the intersection, reduce the need for drivers to stop, and address intentional violations.
To discuss a potential intersection accident claim with a Melbourne car accident lawyer, call Couture Law, P.A. immediately after the crash. During our free consultation, at our Melbourne or Titusville office, we’ll examine the circumstances surrounding your auto wreck and let you know if you have a case. If you retain us, we’ll fight tirelessly to recover damages from the negligent party or parties on your behalf.