According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a serious car accident occurred
on Friday night at the corner of US 331 and State Road 20 in Walton County
when a driver failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of US
331. The driver, a woman who was traveling in a Jetta, collided with another
driver in a Ford F-150. The crash resulted in one person being airlifted
to Bay Medical Sacred Heart in Bay County in critical condition.
A second, and this time deadly, crash happened on Saturday afternoon a
little after 4 p.m. in Panama City Beach. Florida Highway Patrol stated
that a male driver was heading westbound on Beach Drive and failed to
stop at the stop sign. The driver's car collided in the intersection
with another vehicle that was traveling northbound on Upas Street, killing
a woman in the car.
Red Light Accident And Intersection Accidents Cause Injuries And Fatalities
According to one industry source, in recent years, on average two people
die each day in red light crashes in the United States. Sadly, about half
of these red-light running deaths happened to someone other than the red-light runner.
Because as many as 50 percent of all urban accidents occur at intersections,
many studies have looked at why intersection accidents occur and how the
number of serious and fatal intersection accidents can be reduced. These
studies have found the following--
- Nearly half of all drivers violate a stop sign by not coming to a complete
stop before entering the intersection; nearly one third rolled through
the intersection, while one out of ten did not even slow down for the
- During off-peak periods (such as mid-day and at night), drivers are less
likely to come to a complete stop
- In fatal crashes, speed is usually the primary reason drivers fail to
stop at a traffic signal or stop sign. Driver inattention is the second
most common reason. Other related reasons include failure to adequately
stop or look for oncoming traffic and stop sign visibility.
- Older drivers (those over 65 years old) have been shown to be more at
risk of being involved in accidents at all-way stop sign intersections.
- Nearly one third of motorists violate stop signs even when child pedestrians
are present. This number goes up to one half when no pedestrians are present.
When individuals are injured in a car accident, some of the most frequently
suffered injuries include neck injuries, injuries to the thorax or upper
body, limb injury with lower leg injury being most common, neck sprain,
chest bruising and head injury.
Neck injuries are particularly common because of the amount of force typically
involved in an intersection crash, which can cause the soft tissues of
a victim's neck to experience hyperextension, hyperflexion, or abnormal
rotation. These whiplash injuries can result in pain and stiffness in
the neck, headache, and upper backache, and may also result in numbness
of the arms.
Intersection Safety Tips
While all drivers should follow the rules of the road, it is important
to be on the lookout for those who don't. The following 10 safety
tips have been recommended to help drivers stay safer as they approach
- Pay special attention when approaching an intersection
- Stay alert, avoid distractions
- Drive defensively
- Look both ways before entering any intersection, even if the light is green
- Stay in your lane as you go through the intersection/do not change lanes
in an intersection
- If you are turning, finish your turn in the correct/corresponding lane
on the new street
- Do not try to beat a red light
- Maintain a safe stopping distance between you and the car ahead
- Always use your blinker/turn signal to indicate if you are going to turn
- Do not speed through a yellow light.
Help For Car Accident Victims
Intersections are only a small part of the roadway system in Florida, but
they are the location of a vast majority of the crashes that occur in
the state. It should come as no surprise that driver error and negligence
are the key factors in intersection crashes.
The Pittman Firm, P.A. is one of the oldest law firms between Pensacola
and Tallahassee that limits its practice strictly to representing injured
people. If you need the help of a tough auto accident lawyer, call Attorney
Wes Pittman today. Your initial consultation is completely free and we
are available to discuss your injury immediately.