Traveling by motor vehicle or as a pedestrian in New York can be stressful. You might be one of many daily commuters who have to fight city traffic and try to get to work on time despite bumper-to-bumper congestion. Maybe you're among the few who live close enough to walk to work or simply like to get outdoors for a brisk walk on your lunch break. It's imperative to remain alert and cautious, no matter which form of travel you choose.
Intersections are road locations that can be especially dangerous. Practicing safe habits may help you avoid injury. However, you can only control your own actions, not the behavior of others. This means that no matter how safe and cautious you are when you're at an intersection, another person's negligence can place you at immediate risk for injury.
Always opt for controlled, if you have a choice
There are two basic types of intersections. One is controlled. This means that there will be a stop sign, yield sign or traffic light there and perhaps pedestrian signals as well. An uncontrolled intersection, on the other hand, may not have any form of navigational assistance to motorists or pedestrians.
If you have a choice as to which route to take to reach your final destination, it's always a good idea to opt for controlled intersections if you can. There is less room for error here, unless, of course, someone disregards traffic laws or doesn't use common sense in a particular situation.
Who goes first?
Yielding or taking a right-of-way is a critical factor toward safe crossing in intersections. It's helpful to study New York traffic guidelines and safety rules so you know what to do if you arrive at an intersection simultaneously to other vehicles or pedestrians.
The bottom line is that if you're in doubt, it's always best to err on the side of safety. It's much easier to allow another driver to have the right-of-way than to find yourself in a dangerous situation if both vehicles start moving at once.
Drivers who fail to obey the law are menaces on the road
Perhaps you're at red light and it turns green, signaling that it's your turn to go. All safe drivers know that it's important to check the intersection before actually accelerating, even when the light is green. However, you might do so, then begin crossing or navigating a turn, when suddenly another vehicle blows through a red light on his or her side, causing a sudden collision.
Many intersection accidents are fatal because of the tremendous force of sudden impact when a car traveling full speed smashes into a vehicle that is moving much slower. New York law allows immediate family members of deceased accident victims, as well as those who survive their injuries, to seek financial recovery for their losses by filing injury claims against those whose negligence caused an accident to occur.