The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is reporting yet another fatal intersection accident in Boca Raton. This recent accident took the life of a western Boca Raton man. This incident took place at the intersection of Boca Chase Drive and State Road 7, according to The Palm Beach Post News.
Accident reports indicate that the man’s vehicle was hit on the driver’s side as he attempted to pass through the intersection from eastbound Boca Chase Drive. The vehicle that hit the man’s car was a newer Ford and reports conclude that the Ford’s driver didn’t stop at the right light in the southbound lane of State Road 7.
The red light-running driver sustained minor injuries. The law-abiding driver is now dead. Both drivers were wearing a seat belt when the collision occurred. Officers don’t believe that drugs or alcohol were factors in this accident. It has not been concluded if any charges will be filed.
Our Boca Raton personal injury attorneys understand that intersections are a common backdrop for motor vehicle crashes because it’s these locations where traffic interacts. Within these crossings, we’ve got motor vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians and all the actions that contribute to common driving conflicts. According to information from the National Automotive Sampling System-General Estimates System (NASS-GES) and the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), nearly 2,310,000 (or about 40 percent) of the more than 5,810,000 auto accidents that happened in the U.S. in 2008 happened at intersection-related locations.
What’s even worse about these kinds of accidents is that a large majority of them, more than 95 percent to be exact, were the fault of driver actions. Less than 3 percent of these accidents were attributed to environmental or vehicle factors. All in all, we need to improve our driving habits and exercise better defensive driving skills near these roadways to help cut down, and ultimately eliminate, these kinds of accidents.
Safe Driving Tips for Traveling through Intersections:
-Signals lie. Never drive through an intersection while traveling at the posted speed limit. Always reduce your speed when approaching an intersection, even when your lane of traffic has a green light. You may have the right-of-way, but that green light isn’t physically stopping the traffic in other lanes. Don’t trust other drivers and expect the unexpected. Slowing down your speed of travel allows you more time to react to another driver’s mistake.
-Green lights. When your traffic light turns green, you’re urged to wait a second or two before proceeding. This few seconds of extra time allows red light-runners to pass through. When you’re stopped at a traffic light, you never want to jackrabbit into the intersection as soon as your lane’s traffic light turns green. At the same time, you never want to roll through a light that changes from red to green just as you approach the intersection.
-Pay attention. At intersections especially, you always want to curb the distractions in your vehicle. You need all of your senses working in every direction in these areas to help to sense any possible danger and to reduce your risks of being involved in a potentially fatal accident.
-Turn signals. While they can be useful, you can’t always trust them. This is especially true on motorcycles, as their turn signals aren’t self-canceling and can stay on even when the driver has absolutely no intention of turning.