Failure to Stop at Stop Signs is Top Cause of Atlanta Auto AccidentsWe all have been trained to bring our vehicles to a stop on red lights and for red stop signs. Although this driving rule has been ingrained into each one of us upon completing the driver's license test, sometimes this rule is broken, and pedestrians and other motorists suffer the consequences as a result.
There are many reasons why drivers may run stop signs:
- Failure to see the stop sign
- Obstruction, such as a tree blocking the stop sign
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Texting while driving
- Speeding and reckless driving
- Impatience at the wheel
Just because you are approaching a stop sign does not mean you are safe at an intersection. Several thousand cars each year run stop signs and cause pedestrian accidents and auto accidents in Atlanta.
Statistics reveal that running stop signs accounts for one-third of all intersection accidents and about 40 percent of all fatal crashes in the United States. Research has indicated that failure to see the stop sign is the main reason why drivers run stop signs.
When these Atlanta accidents occur due to a driver's negligence or a city not maintaining the road signs, serious injuries can occur to drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists that are sharing the road with the driver who failed to stop. Injuries can include paralysis, internal injuries, head trauma, brain injury, spinal cord injury, herniated disc, broken bones, and even fatalities.
Ways to Prevent Stop Sign Accidents in Atlanta
Helping to reduce stop sign accidents may be a combined effort on behalf of state officials and Georgia motorists. The city and state can improve stop sign visibility by making sure the pavement markings are on the ground, bushes and trees are cut back, and by adding advance warning signs, such as "stop ahead".
Drivers can make sure to look out for stop signs, always come to a complete stop, count to three, and look left, right, and straight before accelerating away from the stop sign. By taking extra precautions and following the rules of the road, the total number of stop sign accidents in Atlanta and nationwide could decrease.
If you have been injured at a stop sign due to any of the above reasons, please call one of our highly skilled auto accident attorneys in Atlanta at The Dover Law Firm for a free legal consultation. You may be entitled to financial compensation and can learn more about your rights today by calling 1.770.518.1133.
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