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Why pedestrians and cyclists are more likely to be hit by a car at intersections

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Pedestrian Accidents

Commuting, whether by bike or on foot, is a daily routine for many. When navigating city streets or suburban avenues, intersections pose a significant risk for pedestrians and cyclists.

Statistics show that 27% of accidents involving cyclists occur at these crucial crossing points. Why are intersections such danger zones for commuters?

Increased traffic convergence

Intersections are, by definition, areas where multiple traffic streams converge. Cars, buses, bicycles and pedestrians all vie for space, creating a complex environment where even a minor miscalculation can lead to disaster.

Drivers turning left have to judge oncoming traffic and assess the gap for pedestrians crossing, while pedestrians themself need to be aware of turning vehicles and those continuing straight. This complex dance can be especially challenging when traffic volume is high during peak hours.

Blind spots and visibility issues

Vehicles, particularly larger ones like trucks, have blind spots that can easily obscure pedestrians and cyclists. This is especially true when making turns. Similarly, pedestrians and cyclists may be hidden by structural elements like buildings or foliage at intersections, reducing driver visibility. These limitations in sightlines create a recipe for accidents, particularly in poorly designed intersections with inadequate signage or traffic light placement.

Driver behavior and distractions

Unfortunately, driver inattention plays a major role in accidents at intersections. Activities like speeding, texting while driving or simply not paying full attention can have devastating consequences. Drivers may misjudge the speed of oncoming traffic, fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians or make sudden turns without proper signaling. All of these actions can increase the risk of collisions.

By understanding the reasons behind the increased risk at intersections and adopting safe practices, both commuters and drivers can make these crucial points on their travel journeys safer for everyone. With that said, should you ever get hit by a reckless driver at an intersection despite your most safety-conscious efforts, you should know that you have legal options for compensation.