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.
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 stop sign.
- 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.
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 an intersection--
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.