Many motor vehicle accidents happen at intersections, often because one driver neglects to stop at a traffic signal or stop sign. Since these areas are among the most dangerous on the road, you need to take special caution.

Here are several tips you can follow to improve your safety when driving through an intersection:

  • Scan the intersection: As you approach an intersection, scan the area around you to see what others are doing. For example, if you have a green light and realize that a driver with a red light isn’t going to stop, you need to slow your vehicle.
  • Watch for pedestrians: Intersections are often the scene of car-pedestrian accidents as well. When you yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, you lessen the likelihood of an accident.
  • Slow down: Even if you have the right of way, slow down to give yourself more time to scan the intersection. The faster you’re driving the less time you have to stop in the event of an emergency.
  • Beware of large vehicles: For instance, a vehicle may be hiding behind a commercial truck or bus, making it impossible to see. Take extra caution when you’re in close proximity to larger vehicles.

If you’re injured in a car accident at an intersection, leave your vehicle where it is and immediately call 911. Attempting to move could result in a follow-up accident and/or additional injuries.

Once you receive treatment, review the police report to learn more about the responding officer’s take on what happened. This will help you file an insurance claim and seek compensation for your damages.