If you have been driving in Texas for any length of time, you can likely relate to those who say they feel like their lives are at risk every time they get behind the wheel. High-speed traffic, distracted drivers and the sheer volume of vehicles can leave motorists feeling nervous, even if they are only taking quick jaunts to nearby convenience stores or commuting to and from work. Some road locations typically feel less safe than others do.
Intersections are high-risk areas, whether entering them by car or on foot. If you come to a secured crossroads, meaning one with traffic lights or stop signs, you may feel a bit safer as you wait your turn to move. By being aware of the different types of intersections there are and the standard safety rules that apply, you may lower your chances of a collision. Still, all it takes is one negligent driver to cause disaster, in which case it's important to know where to turn for support.
The four-way cross is the most common
Four-way intersections often take the shape of a cross or an x. These types of crossroads usually include stop signs or traffic lights. A key to safety, especially if you plan to make a left turn, is to wait until your light is green and that no other vehicles are entering the intersection. This can be a highly dangerous situation if another driver fails to stop at a red light. If you're at a four-way intersection with stop signs, rights-of-way belong to each motorist in the order he or she approached the stop.
Traffic circles can be quite confusing
Roundabouts are circular traffic throughways that may control four or more roads. You should always turn right when entering a roundabout and proceed in a counter-clockwise direction. Some people panic or hesitate and stop in the middle of the circle, which can lead to serious accidents.
Road forks are intersections too
When you come to a fork in the road, you may not realize that you are actually navigating an intersection. Where the two roads divide, there may be a median. A driver who doesn't signal or cuts someone off at a fork is a great danger to everyone in the vicinity.
Other types of intersections
T-junctions and Y-junctions are other types of intersecting roadways. The main road drivers always have the right of way. Minor roads are often marked with stop signs.
No matter how familiar you are with Texas intersections, you cannot control what other people do. This is why your own caution and traffic safety adherence only gets you so far. If there's a drunk driver, a sleepy driver or a distracted driver in your midst, you may wind up in the back of ambulance instead of at your planned destination.
Who pays accident expenses?
When navigating a Texas intersection becomes a life-threatening situation or lands you in the hospital with moderate or even minor injuries, there is no reason you should have to carry the full financial burden associated with the situation. There are support resources available to help you seek full recovery for your losses.