Intersection Car Accidents: Statistics, Causes and Possible Solutions

by Doug Zanes | Last Updated: October 26, 2017

Intersection Car Accidents: Statistics, Causes and Possible Solutions

While many intersection car accidents occur in metro areas where high-density neighborhoods, numerous businesses and pedestrian traffic converge, any intersection can be dangerous. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 40 percent of crashes typically occur in intersections. Understand the causes of intersection accidents and several solutions as you help to make the roads safer for everyone.

To underscore the dangerousness of intersections, let’s consider a 2014 report from The Arizona Republic, looking at just five intersections in Phoenix:

  1. 27th Avenue and Camelback Road: 48 crashes and 17 injuries among 61,002 daily drivers, including Grand Canyon University students and staff.
  2. 67th Avenue and Indian School Road: 49 crashes and 28 injuries among 69,49 daily drivers, many of whom live in nearby single-family homes and apartments.
  3. 75th Avenue and Indian School Road: 51 crashes and 38 injuries among 61,078 daily drivers who travel the city’s long arterial street near Trevor Browne High School and Desert Sky Mall.
  4. 59th Avenue and Thomas Road: 53 crashes and 25 injuries among 65,891 daily drivers on this popular commuter road near Cartwright School and several high-density neighborhoods.
  5. 67th Avenue and Mcdowell Road: 57 crashes and 27 injuries among 60,468 daily drivers who include commuters avoiding Interstate 10.

Just five intersections were the scene of 258 accidents resulting in 135 injuries.

Intersection Accident Causes 

An intersection accident can be caused by numerous challenges. Common contributing factors that lead to accidents include:

  • Traffic congestion
  • Multiple traffic lanes
  • Merging traffic
  • Speeding
  • Changing lanes
  • Illegal maneuvers
  • Obstructed views
  • Misjudging the speed of another driver
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way
  • Driver distraction
  • Slippery weather conditions


How to Prevent Intersection Accidents

As a driver, you can take several steps to more safely navigate intersections and potentially reduce the likelihood of an intersection accident.

  • Followtraffic laws.
  • Obey traffic lights.
  • Slow down.
  • Proceed cautiously when the light turns green.
  • Be aware of other drivers and pedestrians.
  • Use your turn signal.

Intersection accidents occur frequently and are dangerous for drivers and pedestrians, so use caution as you promote safety. If you are involved in an intersection accident, contact Zanes Law for assistance in filing a personal injury claim.

Doug Zanes: Founding Attorney Raised in Douglas, Arizona, and went to college at Arizona State University and graduated from law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in Texas. Doug began practicing law in Phoenix Arizona in 1997.
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