McDuffie County Teen Killed in Intersection Accident
Recently, a 17 year old girl was tragically killed in an accident at the intersection of Old Milledgeville Road and GA 17, according to WRDW TV. The Georgia State Patrol reports that a Kia Sorento was travelling east on Old Milledgeville Road, heading towards the intersection, while a Ford pickup was traveling south on GA 17 towards the same intersection. The 17 year old driver of the Sorento failed to stop at the stop sign, entering into the southbound lane and was struck by the front end of the pickup truck, sustaining injuries that ultimately claimed her life.
Friends and family members are mourning the loss of a life so young. Such a tragic and preventable accident has left the community reeling and serves as evidence as to the dangers of intersection accidents as well as the importance of following important safety steps.
Intersection Accidents Occur at High Rates
Intersections are a common location for accidents because they are areas where two or more roads meet and often turn or cross over, creating the potential for collisions. Even though intersections do not comprise a large portion of the roadway system, a high number of accidents occur there. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 2,000,000 accidents occur each year at intersections across the country. This equates to approximately 40 percent of all accidents.
Types of Intersection Accidents
There are three common types of intersection accidents. The first are rear-end accidents occurring when a driver hits the back of the car in front of it as it comes to a necessary stop at an intersection. The second type involves side and angle collisions, which occur when vehicles fail to yield. These accidents are often serious and tragically result in death or severe injuries. The final types are frontal crashes, which can also be very serious, but are less common at intersections.
Causes of Intersection Accidents
There are several common causes of intersection accidents, the first being the act of running a red light. Running red lights, when combined with ignoring stop or yield signs, are the most common causes of intersection crashes. Other accident causes include speeding, attempting to make it through the intersection before the traffic light turns red, driver distraction, drivers anticipating green lights and plain inattentiveness. At times, a faulty intersection is to blame. This could include malfunctioning lights or poor sign visibility, among others.
All drivers should pay close attention to traffic signs and signals to prevent intersection accidents. States and counties should review all traffic signals to ensure they are visible and in proper working order.
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