Car accident numbers static at intersections in North and South Carolina as nation reports decrease

No sooner do our Winston-Salem car accident attorneys report on the dangers of intersections, than a major study is released declaring the nation is achieving a significant reduction in the number of such crashes.

Last week, we reported on our North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog that 21 percent of all fatal crashes occur at intersections. In fact, intersections are the most dangerous place for all types of accidents, including car accidents and bicycle and pedestrian accidents.
That hasn’t changed. However, the National Safety Council is reporting that the nation has made huge strides when it comes to reducing the risk of serious or fatal intersection accidents. Fatal crashes at intersections with traffic lights have declined 17 percent in the last five years while fatal intersection crashes involving red-light runners have plummeted by 27 percent.

“This report shows that we are making large strides as a nation in reducing crashes at intersections,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “However, despite the improvement there were still 12,396 fatal crashes at intersections with traffic lights, including 4,394 fatal intersection crashes involving red-light running during that five year period. While we are making progress, the 13,266 fatalities from these crashes remind us that we have much more to do. Each of us should consider these statistics and the measures we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.”

Indeed — those figures suggest that about 1 in 8 traffic fatalities involves a motorist who ran a red light.

Five percent of all fatal North Carolina car accidents occur at intersections, although the rate has declined by 50 percent in the last five years when measured by population. South Carolina car accidents at intersections have actually increased slightly, from 4 percent in 2005 to 5 percent in 2009.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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