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Running Stop Signs Increases the Risk of Serious Car Accidents

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on April 22, 2017

A stop sign on the roadThe people of Daytona Beach know that the personal injury lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau are on their side. We have a long record of legal excellence, and have helped countless people and their loved ones in their time of legal need.

Lawsuits involving major car accidents and auto collisions can be complex affairs, especially when recovery and moving forward are your primary focus. We want to consider how running stop signs can lead to collisions and serious injuries.

The Dangers of Running Stop Signs

Stop signs keep everyone sharing the road safe, from drivers to pedestrians. As long as everyone abides by the rules and notes the posts speed limit and signs, many injuries and dangers on the road can be avoided. Sadly, many people run through stop signs, turning intersections deadly in the process.

Drivers who run stop signs put themselves, other motorists, their passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians at great risk of significant injury. Even though stop signs tend to be on suburban streets and low-speed areas, the injuries that may occur following accidents can be quite significant.

Statistics on Auto Accidents Involving Stop Signs

According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are roughly 2.5 million accidents in intersections that occur every year. This makes up roughly 40 percent of all crashes annually. Other numbers suggest that 50 percent of all serious collisions occur in intersections; 20 percent of all fatal collisions also occur in intersections.

Common Reasons People Run Stop Signs

There are many reasons why a person may run a stop sign or roll through a stop sign. Some of the most common reasons are as follows:

  • Texting while driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Driver inattention
  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Being impatient or in a rush
  • Stop sign is obscured (by trees, for instance)
  • Poor placement of the stop sign
  • Lack of lines indicating a stop
  • Missing stop sign
  • Poor weather

Exercise Caution Behind the Wheel

Whenever you are behind the wheel, always be sure to be attentive as you drive. Make sure you come to a full stop rather than a rolling stop, and that you ensure all traffic is clear before you drive through the intersection. Also be sure to yield right of way to pedestrians and bicyclists who are crossing the street,. It's also a good idea to look both ways and double check for oncoming vehicle before you continue on your way through an intersection.

How Our Attorneys Can Help You

We know that injuries and legal proceedings can be difficult to get through alone. That's why our lawyers are here to offer peace of mind as well as unparalleled legal expertise. We will work closely with you, offering advice on your best legal options. We will make sure that negligent drivers are held accountable for their actions, and seek damages from them to cover vehicle damage, lost wages, medical expenses, and other hardships that are related to your case.

Contact the Lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau

For more information about your legal options following a serious injury or accident involving a motor vehicle, be sure to you contact our personal injury attorneys today. The lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau will help you in your time of legal need.

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