Intersections are where two or more sections of the road intersect. A stop sign, light, or other traffic control device usually controls traffic at the intersection. Accidents at intersections are commonly called broadside accidents, and accidents at entrances or exits of parking lots can also be considered broadside or intersection accidents. Responsibility for crossing intersections safely depends on the motorist or pedestrian's actions and the proper design of such intersections by local, state, and sometimes federal authorities.Most Dangerous Intersection in Sacramento County
According to a recent study performed by State Farm Insurance, Sacramento County has the dubious distinction of having one of the country's most dangerous roadway intersections. The intersection of Watt Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard -- both major arteries -- was found to be the third most dangerous intersection in the State of California and the seventh most dangerous in the United States.
Intersections, as a general rule, are more dangerous than other areas of roadways because of the obvious dangers presented by crossing traffic lanes, turning vehicles, and the need for speed changes or halts at stoplights.Dangerous Intersections in Northern Californa
Several intersections in Northern California have been historically considered hazardous. Some examples include the following:
- Market Street and Octavia Boulevard in San Francisco
- El Camino Real and Lawrence Expressway in Santa Clara
- Geary Boulevard and Masonic Avenue in San Francisco
- San Pablo Avenue and Ashby Avenue in Berkeley
- Almaden Expressway and Blossom Hill Road in San Jose
- Van Ness Avenue and Lombard Street in San Francisco
- Monterey Road and Branham Lane in San Jose
- MacArthur Boulevard and High Street in Oakland
- Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue in San Francisco
- Fulton Avenue and Marconi Avenue in Sacramento
To avoid crashes at intersections, here are some essential tips to keep in mind:
- Observe and obey traffic signals: Pay attention to traffic lights, stop signs, and yield signs. Always follow their instructions to avoid collisions.
- Approach with caution: Reduce your speed when approaching intersections, especially those with limited visibility or a history of accidents. Be prepared to stop if necessary.
- Check for cross traffic: Before entering an intersection, look both ways to ensure there are no vehicles, pedestrians, or cyclists crossing your path.
- Don't assume: Even if you have the right of way, never assume that other drivers will yield or follow the rules. Remain vigilant and ready to react to unexpected actions from other road users.
- Use turn signals: Indicate your intentions by using your turn signals in advance, allowing other drivers to anticipate your movements.
- Avoid distractions: Keep your focus on the road and eliminate distractions like using your phone or eating while driving. Distractions can cause delayed reactions and lead to accidents.
- Maintain a safe following distance: Keep a safe distance from the vehicle before you to allow for sudden stops or turns. This will provide you with more time to react and avoid a collision.
- Be aware of blind spots: Check your blind spots before changing lanes or making turns to ensure that no vehicles or pedestrians are in your path.
- Look out for pedestrians: Intersections are common areas for pedestrians. Always be mindful of crosswalks and pedestrian signals, and yield to pedestrians when necessary.
- Be patient: Impatience and rushing through intersections can lead to poor decision-making and risky maneuvers. Practice patience and wait for the appropriate time to proceed.
Remember, defensive driving and staying alert are crucial to preventing crashes at intersections. Always prioritize safety and adhere to traffic laws for a safer driving experience.
The video below discusses making a left turn at the intersection without crashing.Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle collision, not your fault, call our law firm for free, friendly advice at 916.921.6400 or 800.404.5400.
Editor's Note: updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 6.27.23] Photo by Deb Dowd on Unsplash [cs 693]