SAFTEY FIRST / Post date: 1 March 2013
Engineers call intersections a planned point of conflict as a result of multiple vehicles entering, exiting, turning or going straight in a relatively small section of roadway. Traffic control devices are designed to manage the safe flow of traffic at intersections; however, half of all crashes in cities and one-third of crashes in rural areas occur at intersections.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) there were 33,808 fatalities on U.S. roadways in 2009. Of that number, 7,043 or 21% of them occurred at intersections.
The majority of intersection crashes occur due to driver error. The critical reasons cited by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) include inadequate surveillance, false assumption of other’s actions, turned with an obstructed view, illegal maneuver, internal distraction and misjudgment of gap or speed.
Red-light running is a serious intersection safety issue. According to the NHTSA, accidents caused by red-light running caused 762 deaths in 2008 and injures an estimated 165,000 people annually.
Crossing uncontrolled intersections at night with large vehicles is especially hazardous because approaching drivers may see your headlights, but they may not realize you have a long trailer in tow