How to protect yourself and minimize the risk of being in a car wreck?
Did you know that 55% of serious auto accidents and 20% of fatal collisions happen at intersections? Those are some sobering statistics, and with particularly dangerous intersections, the percentages are even higher.
This post is the second of the most dangerous intersections for traffic accidents in Austin. Our last post listed the top three and some of the reasons they are so dangerous:
- West Slaughter Lane and Manchaca Road
- Lamar Blvd. and Rundberg Lane
- Lamar Blvd. And Parmer Lane
As we noted in our first post, most of the auto accidents at intersections involve left turns and rear-end collisions. Busy intersections have a lot going on, and not everyone is paying attention. So how do you protect yourself and minimize the risk of being in a car wreck?
You can’t always determine what another motorist is going to do next, but there are a lot of things you can do behind the wheel to stay out of harm’s way.
- Keep your eyes on the road! You’ve heard this since driver’s education class and for a good reason. It only takes a split-second glance away for everything to change.
- Take your time. When drivers are in a hurry, they tend to make risky decisions. Take the risk out of your commute by leaving earlier. You will be less likely to get in a hurry, reducing your chances of an accident.
- Put your cell phone away. We know, that’s a tough one. But most of us are aware of the danger of texting, talking, or looking up directions on our smartphone while we are driving.
Just because you are a safe and cautious driver doesn’t mean all those other drivers that are moving through intersections are just as cautious. Part of being a good driver is taking a defensive stance against the unpredictable.
- Remember, drivers in a hurry tend to take more risks. Be on the lookout for those drivers who “just know” they can make that light before it turns red.
- Be predictable. Understand that the drivers behind you are most likely anticipating what you are going to do next and are making decisions based on that. Use your turn signals, don’t try to “beat” oncoming traffic or traffic lights, and don’t make any sudden moves!
- Understand that yield signs are open to interpretation. While one driver may see “Yield” as a cautionary sign, others see it as gamble between stop and go. Most of us can agree on what “Stop” means, but it’s best to keep an eye out for “misinterpretation.”
We hope that having an awareness of these dangerous intersections and knowing some ways to prevent an auto accident will help you stay safe on the road. But even the most cautious and attentive drives can find themselves in a wreck. If you have been in an auto accident and have suffered a personal injury, the attorneys at Briggle & Polan, PLLC are here for you. Contact our experienced Austin legal team today and arrange a free case evaluation!