Intersection crashes not only pose a danger to the driver but to the
occupants of the vehicle and pedestrians in the area. Passengers
in the vehicle incur increased danger since the majority of collisions
involve a side impact to one of the vehicles. Once you decide to run a
red light, you might be deciding to hit a pedestrian. There are
very few accidents between cars and pedestrians that have a good
outcome. The most common results are severe injury or
death. In 2004 on the average, a pedestrian in the United States
was killed every 111 minutes.
Types of crashes:
- T-bone – the full force of the front of your vehicle will collide
with one of the side doors of the other vehicle or vice versa if your
car is t-boned. The driver or passenger that takes the direct hit
will likely be severely injured.
- Side-swipe – this occurs when a car fails to stop before turning
right on red. The driver’s side will be struck by a car already
travelling in the lane of traffic.
If an accident occurs in the intersection the cars behind the
accident will have to make an abrupt stop to avoid the accident.
If the cars are following each other too closely a ‘rear-end’ accident
may occur. Any accident mentioned can cause injuries or even