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Intersections may be the most dangerous parts of the road

Have you ever counted the number of intersections you travel through on a typical day? Probably not. If you did, you may also be counting the number of times a day you could have been involved in a serious accident.

Intersections often present the most significant danger to anyone on the road, including individuals in vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Think about how often you look more than once before entering an intersection to make sure that no one else is coming your way, or is in your way, even if you have the right of way. Knowing how to keep yourself safe at the most common intersections may help save your life.

Moving through a T-intersection

These intersections require you to stop if you are on the secondary road, probably by a stop sign. Those on the primary road do not stop. This can easily become frustrating if you are the one waiting to turn either left or right. However, you need to use caution since the other traffic doesn't stop and may be moving faster than you think while also coming from both directions.

If you are on the primary road, you need to remain alert and watch for those coming from the secondary road that may jet out in front of you because they misjudge your distance from them. The same could happen due to left turners on the primary road.

Moving through a four-way stop

In these intersections, two roadways cross. In some cases, traffic signals control these intersections. Even if you have a green light, you may want to slow enough to be sure another vehicle is not in the intersection or approaching the intersection with no intention of stopping. Even if the intersection is controlled by stop signs, that's still good advice. When controlled by stop signs or if a traffic signal is not working, vehicles gain the right of way by the order in which they arrived at the intersection.

Moving through a roundabout

Roundabouts are becoming more popular here in the United States. They are used at intersections involving multiple roadways where a traditional intersection would be. Traffic coming into the circle will yield to the traffic already in the roundabout. Vehicles turn right, move counter-clockwise and then exit to the right at the appropriate roadway. Even if you are in the roundabout, you may want to keep an eye out for vehicles who fail to yield and pedestrians.

Moving on after an accident in an intersection

Even if you do everything right an intersection, you may still end up in a collision. If you do suffer injuries in an intersection accident caused by another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and other damages.

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