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Don't get caught in the crossfire of an intersection

Do you recall when you first learned to drive and your parent or driving instructor took you out on the road? You were likely quite nervous, especially when it came time to navigate an intersection. There are often traffic lights or stop signs to help secure these driving locations; nevertheless, they are extremely dangerous places that place you and all other drivers at risk for collision.

Even if you've been a licensed driver for a long time now, it doesn't necessarily mean you don't get nervous at intersections. The problem is that no matter how cautious you are, another motorist nearby may be negligent, leaving you little to no time to react to avoid collision. If this happens and you suffer injury, you can reach out for support to get medical attention and other assistance you might need.

Intersection safety tips

There's no telling what another motorist is going to do at an intersection. Your safety is banking on the assumption that every person navigating the intersection with you is going to adhere to traffic regulations and act with caution behind the wheel. The following ideas are practical tools you can employ to increase your chances of safely getting through intersections as well:

  • When unmarked, always yield: If you approach an intersection that has no lights or stop signs, it's always a good idea to yield to traffic there. Even if you arrived a moment before another car, it's safer in unmarked crossroads to let the other driver go ahead of you.
  • Watch out for pedestrians: Especially at night or in inclement weather conditions, it can be difficult to see foot travelers at intersections. Intersections are definitely areas that call for increased driver alertness.
  • Green doesn't mean go without looking: If you are at a protected intersection and your light turns green, it is always best to pause before accelerating to look in all directions and make sure no other vehicle is moving into your path. Just because your light is green and other motorists have red lights doesn't guarantee that every driver is going to stop.
  • Yellow lights don't mean speed up: Collisions often occur at intersections when a motorist speeds up in attempt to "beat" a yellow light before it turns red.

The bottom line is that you are responsible to drive in manner consistent with all posted traffic signs and state regulations. Doing so definitely increases your chances of avoiding collision, but there is no foolproof way to prevent accidents from occurring if other drivers in your vicinity do not obey traffic laws. Intersection safety depends on every motorist staying alert and driving defensively.

What to do if someone hits you

If you suffer injury in an intersection collision (or anyplace else on an Illinois roadway) you may have to endure repeated medical visits and take time off work in recovery. Others who have gone through similar experiences have encountered undue financial hardships in such situations. Many have successfully recovered their losses by filing personal injury claims against those deemed liable for their injuries.

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