A man died earlier this month in a fatal crash at a Baton Rouge intersection. There were three cars involved, with various of their occupants suffering personal injuries.
Intersections are some of the most dangerous parts of any road. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) found 50% of all crashes happened on or close to an intersection.
Why do so many motor vehicle accidents occur at intersections?
When driving along the highway in a straight line, things are relatively easy, especially if cars traveling in the opposite direction are separated from you by a barrier. The number of maneuvers you need to watch out for is limited.
At a junction, things are more complicated. You need to estimate the speed and distance of vehicles traveling in various directions, all at the same time. You need to look out for pedestrians or cyclists crossing. If there are lights, you need to make a calculated guess if other cars and pedestrians are going to obey a red light, or ignore it. Every other driver needs to make these same decisions too. So, you have multiple drivers, all needing to make complex decisions simultaneously. It only takes one person to make an error for a crash to happen.
You need to be paying full attention when approaching an intersection. Unfortunately, many people are not. Some drivers are more distracted at an intersection than when on a straight road. They may use the wait at an intersection to check their phone, check their route, reach for a snack, or turn around and talk to their child in the back.
If you are injured in a vehicle collision in Baton Rouge, seek legal help to claim compensation.