Intersection Dangers

dangerousIntersections can be the most dangerous part of anyone’s daily commute. These planned points of conflict occur on Local streets, state and U.S. highways, or county roads. Cars, pedestrians, and cyclists all converge in one spot and are forced to negotiate safe passage.  Successfully addressing intersections is a major factor in road safety challenges we all face. According to an article written for U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, “Red-light running is a serious intersection safety issue across the nation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Traffic Safety Facts 2008 Report, there were more than 2.3 million reported intersection-related crashes, resulting in more than 7,770 fatalities and approximately 733,000 injury crashes in 2008.”

Intersections can become congested when traffic volumes are high. This causes inefficiencies and user delays that result in increasing frustrations and poor judgment. Personal injuries in Ocala Florida were numerous. In 2013 the Florida Highway Patrol issued 122 citations, city police agencies issued 259 citations, and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office issued 36 citations, all for red light running. An estimated 165,000 people are injured by red-light runners annually.   

To help mitigate the risks intersections pose and reduce the amount of personal injuries, Ocala must come up with diverse strategies to address intersection safety.  Engineering based strategies, which includes geometric design and the application of traffic control devices (such as signs, markings and signals) need to be utilized to successfully design a safe system for our intersections.  Those strategies alone will not solve the problem. It is equally important to involve education and enforcement measures.

In an effort to educate and further reduce the amount of personal injuries, Ocala residents are encouraged to read the following excerpt from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. An article entitled “10 things we bet you didn’t know about red light running” sheds further light on the subject.

“Ten Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Red-Light Running”

  1. You or your loved ones are more likely to be injured due to a red-light running related crash than any other type of crash.
  2. Running red lights or other traffic controls is the most common cause of all urban crashes.
  3. Someone runs a red light an average of every 20 minutes at urban intersections
  4. In the last decade, red-light running crashes killed nearly 9,000 people
  5. An estimated 165,000 motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians are injured annually by red-light runners.
  6. Half of the people killed by red-light runners are not the signal violators, they are passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.
  7. Nearly 93% of drivers believe running a red light is unacceptable, yet 1 in 3 drivers reported doing so in the past 30 days.
  8. There are an average of 7 fatal crashes and over 1,000 injury crashes EVERY DAY at signalized intersections across the United States.
  9. The cost to society of all crashes exceeds $230 billion annually.
  10. The tragedies and costs resulting from red-light running are preventable!”

(For the full article go here http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/redlight/brochure.cfm).

Intersection safety is not only a national or state priority, it is also local priority. If you are the victim of a signal violator and have suffered a personal injury in Ocala or Marion County, seek legal advice immediately. Olsen Law Firm, PA has an established reputation in the community for their devotion to helping victims of negligence.  Contact them today for a free conciliation.