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If stop signs and red lights are supposed to control the flow of traffic through intersections, why do accidents still occur?

 

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According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, about 40 percent of all motor vehicle accidents occur in intersections, especially those with stop signs and signal lights. In fact, about one-third of intersection accidents happen in those controlled by stop signs. While the most accidents occur in intersections with traffic lights, the statistics indicate that the more fatal crashes occur in stop sign controlled intersections.

Unfortunately, roads that cross and merge are often the scene of crashes in Sarasota and throughout the state of Florida. About 44 percent of all traffic accidents in Florida are intersection-related, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Although there are traffic lights, stop signs and yield signs to control traffic and help reduce intersection collisions, drivers still have a mind of their own. They continue to drive through red lights and stop signs, fail to yield the right-of-way, drive aggressively and drive distracted. When drivers participate in these actions, intersection accidents are bound to occur.

Unfortunately, Florida is one of the top five states in the nation for fatal auto accidents occurring at red light intersections, according to the National Safety Council. The reason Florida has a high percentage of intersection accidents is due to several reasons, including:

  • Large numbers of elderly drivers who have slower reaction times or impaired vision
  • Distracted driving from lack of cell phone laws
  • High percentage of teenagers texting while driving

If you have been injured in a Tampa, St. Petersburg or Sarasota intersection accident, contact the Mallard Law Firm today at 888-409-3805.  We will provide you with a free consultation to find out if you have a legal case and right to collect a financial recovery.