Car Accidents at Dangerous Intersections
If you were injured in a car crash, there is a good chance it happened at an intersection. More than 50 percent of all car accidents happen at intersections, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
Drivers must follow traffic laws at intersections. When they neglect to do so, they are operating with negligence and can seriously injure another driver, pedestrian or cyclist. If you have been injured by a driver’s negligence in Massachusetts, you may be entitled to compensation.
Drivers are negligent when they fail to:
- Slow down and stop at yellow lights
- Stop at red lights
- Come to a complete stop at red lights before making turns
- Yield to cyclists, especially when they are turning
- Set aside cell phones; texting while driving is against the law and talking on the phone is distracting
- Watch for pedestrians and stop for them in crosswalks
- Obey traffic signs
- Travel the speed limit
- Follow other cars, trucks and school buses at a safe distance
Cyclists and pedestrians are especially vulnerable at intersections, as cars and trucks pass through and make turns. Drivers must always check their mirrors and blind spots.
Next Step: Contact an Experienced Boston Car Accident Lawyer
If you were hit by a driver and injured, you may be entitled to file a claim against the driver for your medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. If your spouse was killed, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
After a motor vehicle accident, your first priority is to receive medical treatment. If you were not transported by ambulance, you should still visit a local hospital or emergency room. Then, if you have been injured, contact a Boston car accident attorney because medical expenses can accrue quickly. If you were seriously injured, you may be out of work for a long period of time. Now, more than ever, you need an attorney to answer your questions and represent your best interests.
Causes of Car Accidents at Intersections
Massachusetts has some old and antiquated roads and intersections. Motor vehicle accidents can happen when a roadway is defective and not maintained. But more often, car accidents happen at intersections when drivers are not paying attention and cannot respond quickly to road conditions.
Distracted driving crashes kill 9 people each day in the U.S., according to the CDC. Many of these accidents occur at intersections. Drivers often think red lights are a good time to check their phone or e-mail. But in that one moment it takes to check, they can cause a major car accident.
Dangerous Intersections in Massachusetts
Drivers in Worcester and Brockton travel two of the most crash-ridden intersections in Massachusetts, according to the 2014 Top Crash Report from MassDOT. This report covers the period from 2012 to 2014.
Kelley Square and Water Street in Worcester
- 309 equivalent property damage only (EPDO) incidents
- 177 traffic crashes
- 33 car crashes with injury
Pleasant Street and West Street in Brockton
- 309 EPDO incidents
- 109 traffic crashes
- 50 car crashes with injury
Top 10 Intersections for Car Crashes in MassachusettsThe 10 worst intersections were in Worcester, Brockton, Swansea, Lowell, Fall River, Springfield, Westford, Quincy and New Bedford. Lowell actually made the list twice, with the intersections of Bridge Street and Route 38 and Appleton Street and Route 110.
NBC Boston analyzed MassDOT data over a ten-year period, from 2003-2013 and reported Columbia Road at the I-93 Expressway in Boston saw the highest number of motor vehicle crashes in the state. The Middlesex Turnpike at Route 128 in Burlington was second.
Those intersections saw the highest number of overall crashes. But the highest number of fatal crashes were at intersection of I-93 and I-495 in Andover and Route 3 and Route 18 in Weymouth.
Contact an Experienced Boston Car Accident Lawyer
For a free legal consultation, contact the Boston car accident attorneys at Breakstone, White & Gluck today at 800-379-1244, 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.