One Dead in Intersection Accident
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento car accident lawyer. A collision in a Sacramento neighborhood on November 26 ended in the death of one person and injuries to several others. I would like to take this opportunity to offer my condolences to the family and friends of the decedent.
According to a representative of the Sacramento Police Department, the crash, which occurred at about 9:00 in the evening, happened at the crossroads of I and 12th Streets. An unidentified vehicle reportedly hit two sedans in the intersection. Police are in the process of determining how and why the crash happened. As of the time of this report, no details have been provided whether drugs or alcohol were involved. The victim and the other injured parties have not been identified.
As a result of the crash, the intersection was closed to traffic. The crash also interfered with service on the light rail line. A pedestrian sign was thrown to the ground due to the accident.
Injuries in the Crash
A victim in the crash was taken to a medical facility in the immediate area where the person died due to injuries suffered in the crash. There has been no word as to the precise injuries the person suffered. Authorities are saying the other individuals in the collision were injured, but the injuries were of no threat to life.
What Are Intersection Accidents?
Intersection accidents are those that occur where crossroads intersect. Usually, an intersection involves two streets perpendicular to one another. The streets may have one or more lanes each. In addition, another roadway may run diagonally to the two main streets, adding to the traffic load. The opportunity for an accident is increased as pedestrians and bicyclists using the cross streets join vehicular traffic.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly 43 percent of all motor vehicle accidents are linked to an intersection crash. Not only are intersection accidents common, the consequences are often severe.
There are several types of accidents that, although seen in other situations, are common in intersections:
- Rear-end crashes: This often happens when two vehicles are moving into the intersection, and the front vehicle stops abruptly. In most cases, the vehicle following the lead vehicle should wait until the intersection is clear.
- Pedestrian or bicyclist crash
- T-bone Crash: This can be the result of one vehicle passing through a red traffic light.
- Sideswipe crashes
- Turning without the right of way: Negligent crossing when the turning vehicle underestimates the speed at which another vehicle is traveling in the opposite direction
- Poor visibility in the intersection: This could be caused by poor design or obstacles, preventing a clear field of vision.
- Weather related: Poor weather conditions may block visibility or cause vehicles to have difficulty stopping.
Things You Can Do to Stay Safe in Intersections
The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration offers advice on how to stay safe at intersections.
- If you are turning at an intersection, wait for the lead vehicle to clear.
- Be extra vigilant when the traffic signals are broken.
- Look for others walking or cycling through the intersection.
- Never run through a yellow light.
- Don’t change lanes when in an intersection.
- Watch for pedestrians if you are traveling in the left lane. They may be hidden behind vehicles in the right lane.
- Never tailgate.
- Pay attention to the roadway.
Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento car accident lawyer. Intersection accidents cause many deaths and severe injuries every year. If you are involved in an intersection accident, you need the help an injury lawyer can provide. Reach out to me at (916) 921-6400 24/7 in the area, or call me on my toll-free line (800) 404-5400. I will give you friendly advice that is free of charge.
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