Southeast Auto Accident Attorneys Remind Drivers To Use Caution When Approaching Intersections
One person was killed, and four others were seriously injured in an early morning crash in Miami, according to the Miami Herald. The crash happened at the intersection of Northwest Third Avenue and Fifth Street. The collision involved a BMW SUV style vehicle and a pickup truck, killing a passenger in the BMW. The cause of the accident remains under investigation. This crash serves as a tragic reminder that intersections can be seriously dangerous.
According to the Miami Herald, the incident occurred at around 1:00 a.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. However, the preliminary report indicated that the BMW crashed into the pick-up truck. The collision was so violent and forceful that the pick-up truck flipped over and landed on top of the BMW SUV, which was carrying a driver and four passengers. The passengers were trapped by the caved-in roof crushed by the pickup truck. Fire and emergency medical personnel needed to use the "Jaws of Life" to extricate the passengers. Emergency medical attendants transported the four trapped passengers to a local hospital with severe injuries. Incredibly, both drivers were not injured in the crash, but driver of the BMW was sent to a local hospital for observation. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
Analysis of crashes at intersections reveals a number of interesting results. Many crashes occur because the operator of one vehicle could not see the other vehicle approaching. These vision problems happen for a few reasons, such as when:
- Other vehicles are parked near the corner, or other items are obscuring oncoming traffic,
- the design of the intersection does not offer the driver clear lines of sight while progressing through it,
- Reduced traffic sign visibility,
- the design of the vehicle may obscure vision in so-called "blind spots," and
- inattentive drivers.
Not only must motorists see the intersection clearly, but they must see beyond the intersection. Clear lines of sight aid the driver in anticipating other cars approaching in order to gauge the speed of the oncoming traffic accurately and stop timely.
Another major contributor to accidents at intersections is the design of the intersections themselves. Some intersections were engineered to be skewed where the intersection is angular rather than at 90-degree angles. The skewed intersection poses many difficulties such as:
- Cars have a longer distance to travel before making it all of the way across the intersection. The longer the driver is exposed to oncoming traffic, the greater the chance of an accident,
- The skewed angle makes observation of pedestrians more difficult,
- Driving through the skewed intersection is hard to maintain the vehicle in the proper travel lane,
- Skewed intersections tend to be larger intersections, which are more confusing to motorists, and
- Motorists making a left turn have a tendency to increase their speed as they enter the intersection.
Driving cautiously and defensively is always important, especially when approaching large intersections. Drivers should always follow the street signs and not speed into or through intersections. They must make absolutely certain they have the proper line of sight that is clear from obstructions before entering an intersection and always should use their directional lights at intersections without fail.
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