Injury victims in and around Albuquerque know that they can count on our law firm to provide expert legal guidance following serious injuries and accidents. Our legal help has allowed many victims and their families recover damages for medical bills, damaged property, and other difficulties and hardships.
A number of the cases we take involve serious and fatal auto accidents. These can often be the result of driver ignoring stop signs and traffic lights. Let’s consider why these kinds of accidents must be taken seriously.
Running Stop Signs Is Dangerous
Whenever someone runs a stop sign, it increases the risk of a serious auto accident occurring. The driver might strike another vehicle that has the right of way, or it could hit a pedestrian or bicyclist. On major city streets, this can be quite deadly, yet even in suburban streets this can pose many hazards. This is especially true if the stop sign is near schools or places where children play, such as parks.
Statistics on Stop Sign Auto Accidents
The dangers of running stop signs should not be taken for granted given the numbers when it comes to accidents at intersections. The Federal Highway Administration estimates that around 2.5 million accidents occur in intersections every year. That’s between 40 percent and 50 percent of all accidents in a given year. Intersection accidents also account for 20 percent of all fatal auto collisions each year.
Why Do People Run Stop Signs?
There are many reasons why people may ignore stop signs or run stop signs. None of them are acceptable given that there are lives at stake. Some common reasons for running stop signs include the following:
- Texting while behind the wheel
- Talking on the phone while driving
- Checking makeup or hair while driving
- Driver distraction
- Drunk driving
- In a rush to be somewhere
- Stop sign obscured from view
- Stop sign is poorly positioned
- Missing stop sign
- Bad weather
Exercise Caution When You Are Driving
Whenever you are behind the wheel of your car, be sure to be attentive and exercise caution. Look both ways before proceeding through an intersection so you avoid others who may have the right of way as well as bicyclists and pedestrians who may be near you. If you are near a school or a park, be extra careful about pedestrians and children who may be nearby.
If you are in a rush to get somewhere, be sure to leave early if possible and to continue to drive safely. Planning ahead can mean the difference between harming others and keeping others safe.
Common sense driving skills and precautions such as these can keep you, any passengers, people in nearby vehicles, and others who share the road completely safe.
How Auto Accident Attorneys Can Help You
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident in an intersection, our team can help you in your search for damages and justice. We will hold the negligent party accountable and make sure that they are held accountable for any injuries or hardships they have caused. This legal peace of mind is invaluable as you and your family attempt to move forward in life with dignity.
Contact Auto Accident Attorneys About Your Case
If you or someone you care about has been seriously harmed in an auto accident, be sure to contact our experienced personal injury and auto accident attorneys today. A lawyer will work with you and offer expert legal counsel throughout the litigation process.