You may have heard that intersections are one of the most dangerous places that you can drive. This is true, as their inherent design means that cars have to cross paths and so accidents are more likely. All it takes is one mistake at an intersection for a severe wreck to occur, which is why the majority of accidents happen near intersections.
Ideally, if no one drove until they had a green light, there shouldn’t be any accidents. But we know that this idea is an impossible one to reach, as drivers will always make errors, so you never want to assume that a green light means that it’s definitely safe.
What should you do?
The best thing you can do is simply to stay as alert as possible, aware of everything that’s happening around you.
For instance, people are often tempted to look at their phones at red lights. When the lights turn green, traffic around them starts to move or they see the shifting colors, and they instantly begin driving forward.
But you’re much better off leaving your phone in your pocket at the red light and instead of using that time to watch cross traffic. You can often see if someone is driving too quickly and is likely to run the red light. They may think that they’re trying to get through the yellow, but they’re just too far away to make it in time. In any case, if you see this coming before your light even turns green, you can avoid that accident by practicing this type of defensive driving.
Of course, there’s nothing you can do to guarantee that you won’t be injured when another driver makes a mistake. If you are, then you need to know how to seek financial compensation.