Intersectional Auto Accidents
According to the data in the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey (NMVCCS), intersectional car accidents account for more than a third of all crashes, and about 96% of those crashes had “critical reasons” associated with the drivers involved. Critical reasons are defined as the immediate reason for the critical pre-crash event, the event that made the collision unavoidable.
The critical reasons associated with intersectional auto accidents are:
- Inadequate surveillance 44.1%
- False assumption of the other driver’s actions 8.4%
- Turning with obstructed view 7.8%
- Illegal maneuver 6.8%
- Internal distraction 5.7%
- Misjudgment of gap or other’s speed 5.5%
Inadequate surveillance is expected at an intersection where drivers often have to look at crash threats from all directions, making it easy to miss potential dangers.
Intersectional accidents have very different critical reasons than non-intersectional accidents, which are mostly associated with aggressive driving (22.8%) and driver performance error (15.9%).
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one due to a “critical reason” associated with another driver, a car accident attorney may be able to help you get compensation. Please contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers in Virginia Beach today for a free case evaluation.