Accidents at intersections are very common, even though controls are generally in place to prevent them. The simplest control is just a stop sign, and you would assume that one of the first things every driver learns is that they always need to come to a complete stop and only proceed when they are legally permitted to do so to avoid a crash.
This clearly doesn’t happen, considering how many accidents occur when people run stop signs – hundreds of thousands, per the American Safety Council – and the first step toward keeping yourself safe may be to understand exactly why this happens.
Drivers are distracted
When drivers are distracted by the phone, a passenger, a pet or even something on their mind, they are more likely to simply not notice the stop sign until it’s too late to stop in time. Many people run stop signs without even realizing they’ve done so.
Drivers are impaired
Similarly, drivers who are impaired by alcohol or other drugs may not even know that the stop signs are there. It’s not that they are intentionally running those stop signs, but they don’t even understand that they’re supposed to stop because of their mental state.
Drivers are in a hurry
Another potential reason is when a driver is in a hurry and he or she believes that the intersection is relatively clear. The driver may decide to run to the stop sign to continue on their way, taking a brief look in both directions to see if they have space to do so. All it takes is a slight miscalculation for that to cause an accident.
Have you been injured?
If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident caused by a driver who ran a stop sign or a red light, it’s important to understand all your legal options, and to seek compensation the compensation you deserve.
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