Intersections can be highly dangerous, which is why drivers who are approaching them should always slow down and be prepared to stop. Yet, it’s not uncommon for people to run through yellow lights at top speed or even drive through a red one without noticing.
That kind of negligence can lead to serious consequences.
A driver’s mistake led to a deadly accident
Unfortunately, distractions or other issues can lead to a collision in an intersection that then involves multiple victims, like in this case. According to the story out of Hartford, a crash at Capen and Garden Street took place at around 7:47 p.m. when a pair of vehicles collided.
One of those vehicles went on to strike a utility pole. The driver inside died, but a passenger survived with serious injuries. Another vehicle was also involved, and the driver stayed at the scene to speak with the police.
How can you avoid a crash in an intersection?
This crash points out just how dangerous a collision in an intersection can be. If you want to avoid crashing in a similar situation, one good rule of thumb is to slow down every time you approach an intersection, even if you have a green light. Look both ways, and check for oncoming traffic. If you do see someone who looks like they aren’t going to stop coming from your east or west, slow down or stop when possible. It’s better to be safe than to enter the intersection and end up in a collision.
If you are struck by someone who runs a red light or who is reckless in an intersection, you may be able to hold them accountable and seek compensation for your injuries and losses. If a loved one is killed in such a wreck, find out more about your legal options regarding a wrongful death claim.