Intersection Crashes: Understanding the Causes

Intersection Crashes: Understanding the Causes and Seeking Help from Distasio Law Firm

Intersection crashes can be devastating and often result in catastrophic injuries or even fatalities. With many factors contributing to these accidents, it is important to understand their causes to prevent them from happening. At Distasio Law Firm, we have seen the devastating impact of intersection crashes on individuals and families. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to helping victims of these car accidents obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and losses.

In this article, we will discuss the most common causes of intersection crashes and how Distasio Law Firm can help you if you have been involved in one.

Understanding Intersection Crashes

Intersection crashes occur when two or more vehicles collide at an intersection. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), intersection crashes account for around 40% of all motor vehicle accidents in the United States. These accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, including driver error, road design, and traffic conditions.

The Most Common Causes of Intersection Crashes

Not all intersection crashes occur for the same reason. However, there are certain similarities that make it possible to categorize them. Here are the most common types of intersection crashes and their causes:

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of intersection crashes. It occurs when drivers are not paying attention to the road ahead and behind them. Instead, the driver’s attention is distracted by something else. This distraction causes them to miss something happening in the intersection. For example, drivers who are distracted by their phones, GPS devices, or other distractions may not notice a traffic signal or other vehicles in the intersection, increasing the risk of a collision.

Failure to Yield

Failure to yield occurs when a driver that does not have the right to proceed does so anyway. The result can be a collision with a driver or pedestrian that does have the right of way. Drivers who fail to yield to other vehicles or pedestrians in the intersection can cause serious accidents. Typical things that may require a driver to yield the right of way include a red light, a stop sign, a pedestrian in a crosswalk, or oncoming traffic when turning left. In all these situations, a driver that fails to yield the right of way may be the cause of an accident.

Turning Left

Turning left at an intersection is a common occurrence. The overwhelming number of times lefthand turns do not lead to crashes. However, when a driver turns left when they are not supposed to do so, there is an increased risk of hitting another car or a pedestrian.


Speeding is a common cause of intersection crashes, particularly in urban areas where there are many intersections close together. Drivers who are driving too fast for the conditions may not be able to stop in time to avoid a collision. In addition, cars waiting to turn left at an intersection may misjudge the speed of a speeding vehicle and turn in front of it.

Impaired Driving

Impaired driving is a leading cause of intersection crashes, particularly at night and on weekends. Substances like drugs, alcohol, and even prescription medications can impair a driver’s judgment and reaction time. The poor judgement or decreased reaction time can lead a driver at an intersection to make a bad decision that leads to an increased risk of an accident.

Running Red Lights or Stop Signs

Drivers who disregard traffic signals and signs put themselves and others at risk of a collision. Running a red light or stop sign is a common cause of intersection crashes, particularly in urban areas where there are many intersections close together.

How Distasio Law Firm Can Help

If you have been involved in an intersection crash, it is important to seek the help of a qualified attorney. The team at Distasio Law Firm has the knowledge and experience to navigate the complex legal process and help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.

Our attorneys will investigate the cause of the accident, gather evidence, and negotiate with insurance companies to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation possible. We handle all types of intersection crash cases, including those involving distracted driving, failure to yield, speeding, impaired driving, and running red lights or stop signs.

At Distasio Law Firm, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that an intersection crash can take on you and your family. That’s why we are committed to providing compassionate and aggressive representation to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.

Contact Distasio Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We are here to help you through this difficult time and ensure that your rights are protected.


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