Intersection and Collision Accidents

Just today I watched four (4) cars pass me as I was stopped at a yellow light. Possibly a red or green light would clearly define the intersection and alert the drivers that they could continue on their journey (green light) or would need to stop and wait a moment (red light). One car went through red at the tail end while other cars were stopped in the left lane behind me and it was amazing to watch people speed up in the right lane to get across the railroad tracks without stopping. The last car to run the red light just cleared the gates descending upon us at the railroad track and was clearly speeding as the rest of us patiently waited our turn.

In 2008 running red lights alone caused 762 deaths. An estimated 165,000 people are injured annually by red light runners. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that half of the people killed in red-light running crashes are not the signal violators but it is the persons who are appropriately stopped at said lights that meet a terrible fate thanks to the driver who runs the red light.

At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates we are very successful in representing clients in many Motor Vehicle case fact patterns in Atlanta, Georgia, Marietta, Georgia, Lawrenceville, Georgia, Fulton County, DeKalb County, and Gwinnett County; just to name a few, and we have also been successful in representing clients in accidents that involve collisions at junctures including accidents resulting from people who have violated the law by running a red traffic signal. If you have been injured in this type of motor vehicle accident or if a loved has been killed in this type of collision, then please fell free to Contact Us right away to discuss your case. All legal consultations are free of charge.

An intersection is a common place on the roadways where vehicles traveling may come into conflict. Traffic signals account for over half (52%) of intersection accidents. These intersection accidents don’t just happen in low visibility conditions such a rain, flog, sleet or snow, or other types of stormy weather. According to the statistics taken by The National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) , a staggering 78.6% of intersection accidents happened during clear weather. So, if the road conditions can’t account for a majority of the accidents at intersections, then what is the root cause of such collision?

The leading critical reason that causes accidents at intersections is called recognition error. Recognition error is a technical term that describes lack of attention, internal and external distractions, and inadequate surveillance; just to name a few. The percentage of this type of accident that was caused at an intersection or other type of juncture is 55.7% which is more than half of all intersection accidents with a total of 438,194 intersection crashes nation wide.

The second cause of intersection accidents is decision errors meaning that the driver was driving too fast for conditions or aggressive driving, making false assumptions of other’s actions, engaging in illegal maneuvers, and misjudging another driver’s speed. The types of accidents caused by faulty decision making, or decision errors, is 29.2% and have resulted in 230,047 intersection crashes nation wide. The age of the drivers that caused or were involved in intersection accidents are mostly from the age of 65 and older; 53.9% of intersection crashes.

“Motor vehicle fatalities are the leading cause of death for people between 15 and 44 years of age,” according to the U.S. Department of Federal Highway Administration. In 2007 alone, approximately 2.4 million intersection-related crashes occurred, representing 40% of all reported crashes with a staggering 21.5% of traffic fatalities. Collision accidents are important to address and are, or should be, a national, state, and local priority. Ultimately, defensive driving classes that teach drivers the rules of the road, including by not limited to education of driving safe,following speed limits, and observing and following safe distances from other vehicles with an intent to avoid an accident. We can’t control other driver’s on the road but we can drive assertively, safety, and, with our attention on the road, and avoiding distractions while driving.

At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law & Affiliates our Personal Injury Attorneys are experts and have success representing thousands of people and families who have suffered as a result of Motor Vehicle Accidents in Georgia. If you have been injured because of irresponsible drivers, or any other type of collision, or a loved one has been tragically killed, then contact us immediately for your free legal consultation by and or all of the following means; phone at (770) 865-8654 and (813) 363-6664, or by email at, and/or Contact Us on our website. We look forward to working with you and getting you any of the compensation you deserve.