You’re waiting at the intersection of U.S. 46 and Baldwin Rd, sitting at the red light, when you see a car turning in front of you struck so hard it spins around and rolls onto its side. You’ve seen accidents before, but never this close-up—and if you had been one car ahead, it might have been you.

NJ Intersections May See More Accidents Than Highways Themselves

Why do intersections play host to so many different types of crashes? One reason is that many drivers attempt non-driving activities—including texting, looking at maps, or talking on the phone—on roads with frequent stops and lower speed limits. It only takes a second of poor judgment to cause a serious or even fatal crash, such as:

  • Rear-end collisions. This is the common term for when a car is struck by the vehicle following behind, usually because the following vehicle did not realize that a car had stopped ahead or did not brake in time to avoid slowed traffic.
  • Head-on collisions. Many lanes of traffic cross, converge, and meet at an intersection, making it more likely that oncoming drivers will cross the center line and veer into the opposing lane of traffic. Even at speeds under 40 mph, head-on collisions can be fatal for both drivers and passengers.
  • T-bone accidents. Side-impact collisions are among the deadliest types of crashes, and they are particularly likely to happen at a traffic crossing. It is the most common kind of accident to occur after a car runs a red light, and can cause the car to slam into the side of a victim’s vehicle at high speed.
  • Multi-vehicle pileups. Isolated accidents can quickly escalate into chain-reaction crashes at busy intersections. The impact from a car crashing into one vehicle can send that vehicle into another car, into the bicycle lane, or even into the path of a pedestrian in the crosswalk.

It is vital that all drivers put away their electronic distractions and keep their eyes on the road—even when they are waiting at a red light. Even if you are not the one who causes the crash, you are less likely to take evasive action if your attention is elsewhere.

Do you know the first thing you should do after a serious crash? Visit our car accidents practice area page to learn everything you can about your case, or clink the live chat link at the bottom of this page to ask us a question. Your contact with us is free, and you won’t have to pay anything for our legal services unless we win your case.

Manfred Ricciardelli
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