Drivers often feel safe when approaching a stop sign, but you are not safe in an intersection when another car driver runs a stop sign. Each year thousands of car accidents are caused by drivers that run stop signs. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, there were 13,627 cars involved in fatal automobile accidents caused by running a stop sign in 1999 and 2000. Our car accident lawyers believe that these fatal car accident statistics must be reduced. Stop sign running is often caused by impatience. People that run stop signs are often in a hurry or just merely assume that no one is coming as they blow through an intersection. Even worse, some drivers run stop signs without even realizing it until it is too late. Often these distracted drivers or reckless drivers also make unsafe lane changes, run red lights and cause many other assorted horrors on the road. One way or another, car accidents caused by drivers that ran a stop sign need to stop. Law enforcement officials are trying to pull over as many drivers that run stop signs as they can, but there are only so many patrol officers to go around. Police officials believe that increased traffic on main roads is causing drivers to look for alternative routes on smaller roads. These roads, often not used to heavy traffic, tend to have more stop signs than populated areas. With less traffic, drivers will be more likely to run a stop sign -- and also more likely to cause a car accident.
Preventing Fatal Car Accidents At Stop Signs
- Always come to a complete stop at a stop sign.
- Count to three after stopping and check for cars in each direction (not just left and right, but also the street directly across from you).
Call Us Now to Maximize Your Auto Accident SettlementIf one of our personal injury clients was involved an auto accident caused by someone that ran a stop sign, our San Diego law firm's car accident attorneys set up an investigation at the intersection where the car accident occurred. We might also hire traffic engineers to examine the scene of the car accident and would determine if there had been other car accidents in the same area. Sometimes, our investigations find that there should have been a traffic light, instead of a stop sign, at the intersection. To file an insurance claim with the government for a car accident -- if, for instance, a stop sign did not provide adequate safety at an intersection -- you must prove two things:
- The area where the car accident occurred was a dangerous intersection or area.
- This exact dangerous condition was a substantial factor in this car accident.