3 Dangerous Intersections for Car Accidents in Austin
Did you know that 40 percent of all vehicle accidents happen at intersections?
Most of these wrecks involve left turns and rear-end collisions, often caused by distracted drivers. In Austin, Texas, we have our share of dangerous intersections, and a recent report from the Austin City Council lists the top three most dangerous. Avoid a wreck and personal injury by knowing the risks and what you can do to stay safe on the road.
According to the City Council report, the intersection of West Slaughter Lane and Manchaca Road is the most dangerous in Austin. Lots of traffic hurried drivers, and a four-way stop with traffic lights creates a high risk for auto accidents. The intersection has protected left turn signals, which should promote some degree of safety, but impatient drivers put themselves and other motorists at risk with unprotected left turns.
Coming in at number two is the intersection of Lamar Blvd. and Rundberg Lane.
Just like the number one most dangerous intersection, this one has the same traffic light set-up with protected left turns. Again, lots of traffic and lots of drivers in a hurry results in accidents from turns into oncoming traffic and rear-end collisions. Many of these auto accidents involve drivers who try to beat a light and either collide with other vehicles or hesitate at the last second, causing a rear-end wreck.
Lamar Blvd. and Parmer Lane holds the number three spot and is very similar to to the first two intersections. But our third most dangerous intersection in Austin has a twist. Special “right-only-lanes” with yield signs for right turns makes this intersection especially prone to rear-end collisions. Most of these rear-end accidents happen when a driver tries to make that right turn and decides they can’t make it. The result is getting hit from behind by another driver trying to time their turn as well.
So now that you know the top three most dangerous intersections in Austin, what can you do to protect yourself and stay safe?