Intersection Dangers Lead to Wilmington Car Accidents
It's well-known that many Wilmington car accidents occur at intersections because, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes, left turns, crossing over and right turns have the potential for conflicts resulting in crashes. Illegal maneuvers and inattention were cited as top factors in the NHTSA study.
More recently, Andy Pilgrim - founder of the Traffic Education Foundation, professional race car driver and contributing vehicle tester for Automobile Magazine - penned an advisory for the National Safety Council, urging drivers to use greater caution at intersections to avoid car accidents. He referred to smartphone distraction as the prime hidden danger in these locations responsible for the substantial rise in automobile crashes nationally.
Increased Wilmington Car Accidents
The U.S. has seen the sharpest two-year increase in traffic deaths over the last two years. Although no single factor can be to blame (fuel price reductions and improving economic conditions play a role), the rise in smartphone use is unquestionably a key cause of the increase in car accidents in North Carolina.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation reports that in 2016, there were 1,441 people killed in crashes statewide, representing a 4.4 percent increase from the previous year. There was also a 5.3 percent increase in the number of people injured in motor vehicle collisions and 6.3 percent more crashes overall. Drivers from out-of-state were involved in 6.6 percent of all crashes and accounted for 7.7 percent of all motorists killed. One-third of all collisions were attributed to speeding.
Types of Intersections and Potential Dangers
There are numerous types of intersections, ranging from those with stop signs to those with traffic lights and up to four lanes. The NSC article pointed out that intersections are made even more hazardous in this period of distracted driving because drivers are trying to navigate complex traffic encounters while focusing more on their phones than on conditions ahead.
These injuries are not only horrific; they are wholly preventable. Those who choose to drive distracted are effectively rolling the dice. As Pilgrim puts it, "It's all fine - until it's not."
Wilmington car accidents at intersections are completely avoidable, and we can do much to reduce the chances of serious injuries by simply putting our phones down. G.S. 20-137.4A specifically indicates that it's unlawful to use mobile phones for texting or electronic mail communication while driving. North Carolina drivers should take heed.
In the event that you've been injured in a crash, contact The Law Offices of Richard Flexner and find out how we can help you.