Commonly Occurring Intersection AccidentsThere’s usually a lot going on in intersections, including traffic that enters and exits from nearly every angle, traffic lights and signals, pedestrian crossings, and more. While nearly any kind of accident can happen in an intersection, there are two kinds of crashes that are closely associated:
- Side-impact crashes. When a car rams into the side of another vehicle (also known as a T-bone accident), it can seem like it came out of nowhere. Side-impact collisions can be especially injurious because our vehicles are far less protected on the sides than they are at the front and the rear. Such accidents are exceedingly dangerous and are often precipitated by a driver who fails to yield, who turns across several lanes of traffic, who runs a red light, who doesn’t assess oncoming traffic adequately when making a left turn, or who doesn’t accommodate for adverse driving conditions—like inclement weather or poorly maintained roads.
- Rear-end crashes. Rear-end accidents—according to the Insurance Information Institute (III)—happen more than any other kind of accident on our roadways. As such, they happen in intersections—a lot. Frequently, distraction plays a role in rear-end collisions, and distracted driving, by all accounts, is on the rise. The offending vehicle need not be moving at excessive speeds to cause considerable damage and injury in a rear-end accident.
Intersection Accidents: The StatsThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that, although intersections comprise a relatively minor portion of our roadways, they see more than their fair share of traffic accidents. Intersections represent the point of convergence for roadways and are where drivers perform a variety of complicated maneuvers. Here are some examples of the errors drivers make that often result in intersection accidents:
- Failing to survey intersections adequately is the number one cause of intersection accidents.
- Incorrectly presuming what another driver in the intersection is going to do is the second leading cause of intersection accidents.
- The third leading cause of intersection accidents is making a turn when something is obstructing the driver’s view.
Common InjuriesIntersection accidents are frequent occurrences, and while some of these accidents are fender benders, serious accidents that evoke serious injuries are also common. Further, though you can incur nearly any kind of injury in such accidents, there are several types of injuries that are common to intersection accidents:
- Traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are usually caused by a forceful blow to the head or by the violent shaking of the head—both of which are common to car accidents. Because TBIs affect the victim’s brain, they are often especially difficult injuries to cope with. In fact, TBIs can cause cognitive, physical, behavioral, sensory, and emotional damage.
- Whiplash. Whiplash injuries are often exceedingly painful, physically debilitating, and slow to heal. Further, whiplash is highly unpredictable—it can present immediately or slowly creep up on a sufferer over time.
- Broken bones. Broken bones are extremely painful injuries that heal slowly. A broken bone will not only slow you down physically but can also morph into serious health complications, including permanent disabilities.
- Spinal cord injuries. Damage to the spinal cord or the spinal column can cause spinal cord injuries, and they are often both exceedingly painful and physically debilitating. Because the spinal cord is part of the body’s system for coordinating movement, a severe spinal cord injury can cause complete or partial paralysis.