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A man is on the run after colliding with a car in Lamont, California.

In late September a vehicle traveling southbound failed to stop at the intersection of Di Giorgio Road and Myrtle Road. A westbound traveling car was hit by the car.

The hit sent the westbound vehicle careening into oncoming traffic. The vehicle was hit by a semi truck and the driver of the westbound vehicle was pronounced dead. A power pole was also knocked over.

The driver of the southbound vehicle fled from the scene.

Accidents at Intersections: Why Do They Happen?

The statistical data gathered between the years of 2005 and 2007 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that 36% of estimated crashes in National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey were related to intersections.

Over 96% of these crashes were due to driver error. Less than 3% of these crashes were related to vehicle or environmental reasons.

The study found that there are a variety of reasons why intersections are prone to accidents:

  • Inadequate surveillance
  • False assumption of another person’s actions
  • Performing a turn with an obstructed view
  • Illegal maneuvering
  • Internal distraction
  • Misjudgment of a gap or another drivers’ speed

In contrast, non-intersection related vehicle accidents were caused by driving too fast or too aggressively, performance error, and internal distraction.

Age and Gender Statistics

What is also interesting is that the age and gender of a driver may make him or her more likely to make different errors when at an intersection. For example, a female who is 24 or younger is likely to be involved in an accident because they turned with an obstructed view. Those 25 to 54 were likely to be involved in an accident because of external distraction, while those 55 and older showed inadequate surveillance.

For males, those who were 24 or younger were most likely to be in an intersection-related accident due to internal distractions. Those 25 to 54 likely performed a critical non-performance error, while those 55 years of age and older were most likely to misjudge another driver’s speed or the gap allowing them to pass through.

Seeking Justice with Redkey Gordon Law Corp

Redkey Gordon Law Corp works with victims of auto accidents and ensures that they receive fair settlements from their insurance company and all parties responsible for their injuries. We firmly believe everyone is entitled to know their rights and one of our auto accident attorneys will be happy to sit down to discuss your case for free.

We invite you to schedule your free consultation today at (209) 267-1685.

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