If you’re trying to determine how to reduce your risks when you drive, the task quickly becomes daunting. There are just so many risks that you have no way to avoid, and you could be involved in a wreck because of someone else’s mistake at any time.
For instance, when you look at the stats for serious injury accidents and accidents resulting in fatalities, you’ll find that more than half of them take place at intersections. These natural points where traffic has to cross in front of other traffic simply set up a system where every driver has to do a perfect job. As soon as someone makes an error — which is bound to happen eventually — a crash is possible.
Errors can take many forms. Someone could go out of turn at a four-way stop. A driver could run a red light because they didn’t see it. Another driver could try to speed up for the yellow light and end up running the red. A speeding driver could slam on the brakes and get hit from behind. There are endless examples.
What can you do to increase your own safety on the road?
It’s impossible to avoid all intersections when you drive. Even knowing how dangerous they are, you already realize that you have to accept that risk if you want to drive at all. There is no alternative. You can be attentive, drive defensively and follow all of the rules of the road, but you are still at risk when someone near you makes a mistake.
The best thing you can do, then, is to be sure you know about all of your legal options to seek compensation if you do get injured.