Prevention of intersection accidents is every driver's responsibility. An experienced T-Bone accident attorney knows that side-impact collisions are a common type of car accident occurring at intersections. One driver enters an intersection headed straight, and the other driver comes from a cross street and hits the vehicle's side. Both the driver who entered the intersection and the one who struck the vehicle may have played a role in causing the accident.
Determining fault is essential for determining liability at intersection collisions. But every driver should assume it is his job to prevent a crash and should not count on other motorists to do the right thing. As Fireman's Fund Insurance Company explains: "The defensive driver anticipates and prepares for the reckless, careless or unexpected actions of other drivers or pedestrians." While you can be compensated for losses caused by another driver's negligence leading to an accident, it is far better to be proactive and take reasonable precautions to try to prevent the collision from ever occurring.
Prevention of Orlando T-Bone Collisions
Prevention of side impact or T-Bone crashes at intersections involves taking steps to ensure you do not enter an intersection before it is safe to do so. To avoid a side-impact crash:
- Check in both directions before entering an intersection. Look for approaching vehicles or cars already in the intersection that may not clear it in time before you enter.
- Do not assume another driver is always going to obey traffic signals. If another car is approaching and the light is changing to red, don't assume the driver will always stop at the red light. If you have the right-of-way at a stop sign, don't always assume the other motorist is going to yield to you.
- Avoid high-risk behaviors. Many drivers move into an intersection to turn when a light goes red. This increases the chance another motorist is going to strike your car. Wait until you have a turn signal if the light provides one, or until the path is clear if it does not.
- Obey traffic lights. Slow down for yellow lights, stop at red lights, and stop at stop signs. If you run a red, you are likely going to be held accountable for any resulting crash.
- Check the brakes on your vehicle. Faulty brakes could make it impossible for you to stop before hitting another car. Ensure your brakes are in good working order.
- Be especially vigilant at intersections without traffic lights. Many side impact accidents happen at uncontrolled intersections because drivers don't know how to take turns safely or because drivers do not come to a complete stop for stop signs.
- Don't try to cut it too close. You may be able to make a turn or go straight through an intersection and get out of the way before a car coming from a cross street approaches, but don't take unnecessary chances.
By being cautious and looking out for the actions of other motorists at intersections, you may be able to avoid a serious or deadly side-impact collision.