Intersection Accidents in DC
Washington, DC Car Accident Lawyer
Intersections are considered some of the most dangerous places on public
roadways. This is generally because intersections play host to multiple
vehicles traveling in different directions, as well as turn lanes, multiple
signals or signs,
bicyclists, and pedestrians. With the amount of traffic constantly flowing through
these junctions, intersection accidents happen all the time, especially
when motorists fail to uphold their duty to pay attention and drive safely.
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Intersection Accident Statistics
According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately
40% of motor vehicle accidents occur at intersections or are intersection
related. The larger an intersection is, the greater the potential for
accidents, injuries, and death. The Federal Highway Association (FHWA)
estimates that 2.3 million intersection accidents occur each year in the
Traffic crash data from both the federal government and the District Department
of Transportation further prove that intersections are dangerous places.
These statistics also analyze common factors that cause intersection accidents,
Running Red Lights – Red light running, or running a stop sign, is the most common
cause of intersection collisions. Motorists who fail to see a red light
or speed up to make the light commonly cause serious accidents with other
vehicles and pedestrians. Red light running accounts for a high percentage
of side impact and head-on collisions.
Failing to Yield – Failing to yield at intersections, especially when more than two
vehicles are involved, causes numerous motor vehicle accidents, as well as many
pedestrian accidents. Many intersection accidents also involve drivers making left turns who
fail to yield to oncoming drivers.
Unsafe Lane Changes,
Speeding & Reckless Driving
– All of these driver behaviors place others at risk, and more so
at intersections. These behaviors make it less likely for drivers to stop
at red lights or notice nearby motorists or pedestrians.
Driver Distraction – Distracted driving is a problem on every type of roadway. At intersections,
taking your attention away from driving for even the briefest time can
result in serious collisions, including those involving
rear-end crashes and red light running.
Drunk Driving Accidents – Being intoxicated slows a driver's reaction time, which can be costly
at intersections where drivers must react to signals. A large percentage
of impaired driving accidents happen at intersections.
According to data,
most intersection accidents are caused by drivers. When it can be shown that another motorist acted negligently, violated
a traffic law, or failed in any way to drive safely, they may be held
liable for the damages victims suffer.
DC Metro Area Intersections
As a bustling metropolitan area, DC sees far too many intersection accidents.
According to the District Department of Transportation, DC intersections
with the highest crash rates include:
- New York Avenue & Bladensburg Road NE
- New York Avenue & North Capitol Street
14th & U Street
- Wisconsin Avenue & M Street NW
19th Street & Independence Avenue SE
7th Street & H Street NW
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At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.,
our Washington, DC car accident attorneys have helped many victims and families recover the compensation they deserved
after a preventable auto accident. If you have questions about your rights
after an intersection accident and how our legal team can help,
contact us today to request a free, no-obligation consultation. We represent victims
throughout the DC metro area.