Study Pinpoints Intersections Most Likely to Be Dangerous
What Makes Intersections So Dangerous?
Intersections are notoriously dangerous for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians alike. In order for multiple parties to cross paths safely, each party must rely on the other to obey traffic signals, stop signs, or simply yield the right of way. It only takes a moment of distraction or a single careless split-decision for a serious or fatal accident to take place at an intersection.
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Crash Rate Factors at Dangerous Intersections
Over a period of three years, the University of Kentucky conducted an extensive study of more than 7,000 different intersections in order to determine which types of intersections have the highest crash rates. The study examined over 19,000 intersection crashes, which were then classified under common factors, such as:
- Number of lanes,
- Volume of traffic,
- Whether the intersection is located in an urban or rural area, and
- Whether the lanes are divided between opposing traffic
Not surprisingly, the study found that intersections located in urban or highly populated areas have a crash rate that is nearly twice as high as rural intersections.
Additionally, the most dangerous intersections also experience an overall higher volume of traffic on a daily basis and accidents are more likely to occur on four-lane roads in which there is no divider between the opposing lanes of traffic.
However, in both urban and rural areas, four-lane roads without dividers saw the highest crash rate compared to divided four-lane roads, indicating that a physical divider between opposing traffic lanes can have a marked impact on intersection safety.
Recovering from an Intersection Crash
No matter what type of intersection accident you or a loved one has been involved in, it is important to understand your legal rights and to take action as soon as possible. In the event that another party is responsible for the collision, you are entitled to pursue financial compensation for your losses.
Contact our office for a free case evaluation with a Seattle attorney. We can help you make an informed decision about your future.
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