Too often drivers neglect to follow traffic signs and signals. This could be due to distractions, impatience, or an impairment, but no matter the cause, it can cause serious or even deadly results. According to AAA reports, there were 254 red-light deaths between 2008 and 2017 in the North Carolina alone. And just about half of the fatalities in these accidents were passengers or drivers in other vehicles.
Even a cautious driver may risk severe injury or death if another motorist ignores or misses a red-light or stop sign. This means that it is essential that motorists practice defensive driving when approaching and passing through intersections. We encourage you to follow these basic guidelines when you are approaching an intersection so that you can help avoid a collision.
Be aware how long the traffic light has been green
According to AAA, speeding up when the traffic signal turns yellow is one of the main causes leading to a red-light collision. If the signal has been green for a while, you should assume that the light may turn yellow by the time you reach it, so you should proceed with caution.
Pause when you enter an intersection
You should pause and look both ways for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians – even if you have the right a way when entering an intersection.
Be ready to stop
Do not assume that other motorists are going to follow the rules of the road. When passing through an intersection, remove your right foot from the accelerator and position it over the break – this is called “Covering the brake” – may give you the few extra seconds you need to react should you need to.
Tap the brakes
When you approach a yellow or red signal, you should tap the brake pedal a couple of times before coming to a complete stop. This will alert a driver behind you that is distracted or inattentive helping you prevent a rear-end collision.
If you have been involved in a red-light collision that was not your fault, call us today at 252-378-2525 to speak with one of our personal injury attorneys regarding your potential case. We offer free 24/7 consultations to individuals who have been injured due to the negligence of others.