Many crashes happen because of another driver’s actions. Drivers may fail to pay attention to their surroundings or take extra caution when turning, changing lanes, or making other driving maneuvers.
There are still things that can be done to reduce the risk of being involved in a crash, especially when approaching and traveling through a dangerous intersection. Below, we discuss some of the most dangerous intersections in different areas of Appleton and how to reduce your crash risk.
If you or someone you know has been injured due to negligence, reach out to speak with an Appleton-based car accident lawyer today. You may have a right to pursue compensation. The initial consultation is free and if we validate your claim, we charge no upfront fees to take on a case or while we work on your case.
Types of Intersection Crashes
Various types of crashes happen at intersections. Multiple vehicles are coming from opposite directions, crossing each other, or making turns into each other’s paths. The most common intersection crashes are:
- Rear-end crashes, which happen when the lead driver is hit from behind and often by a distracted driver who failed to realize traffic had stopped
- Crashes between two oncoming vehicles at the intersection and vehicles turning left
- Side-impact crashes, which often happen when a driver is attempting to run a red light
- Sideswipe crashes, which involve two vehicles turning at the same exact time
- Crashes that involve other road users, such as pedestrians and bicyclists
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), about one-third of all crashes in the state are intersection-related. In 2019, there was 905 reported intersection crashes in Appleton alone – averaging more than 57 percent of all total crashes in the city for the year.
Some of the most dangerous intersections in the Appleton area include:
- E Calumet St and S Kensington Dr
- N Badger Ave, N Mason St and W Packard St
- W College Ave and S Kensington Dr
- W College Ave and S Memorial Dr
- N Ballard Rd and E Northland Ave
The majority of crashes reported are at signalized intersections. Traffic signals are designed to manage the flow of traffic and keep drivers safe. Most drivers obey traffic signals, but those who fail to stop and decide to run a red light can cause serious crashes and injuries.
Intersections with two-way stops make up the second-highest percentage of crashes. A driver may fail to stop at a stop sign or not exercise caution before crossing traffic at an intersection without a stop sign.
Drivers may even dart out across another’s path because they are in hurry or misjudge the speed of the other vehicle approaching. This increases the likelihood of a crash.
E Calumet St and Stoney Brook Rd
This intersection is located on the city’s southeast side. Drivers often fail to slow down when approaching the traffic light. They may be speeding or distracted, not allowing themselves enough time to stop. A lot of rear-end crashes happen at this intersection.
E Franklin St and N Morrison St
This is a risky intersection for pedestrians. If you are on foot, be sure to keep a lookout for approaching vehicles. It is important to use designated crosswalks and not assume that a driver can see you.
W Northland Ave and N Richmond St
This major intersection on Appleton’s north side, which features a roundabout, is considered the most dangerous. The city has made improvements to help increase safety, including adding separate right-turn lanes, upgrading traffic signals and installing new road signs. However, this intersection still has the most crashes and highest ratio of crashes per vehicle because drivers fail to yield or decide to speed.
Tips to Reduce Crashes at Intersections
Certain safety practices you can follow to reduce the risk of a crash at an intersection include:
- Avoid checking or using your cellphone at intersections
- Do not change lanes in the middle of an intersection
- Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists and attempt to make eye contact
- Leave enough distance between you and the vehicle in front of you
- Use your turn signal to indicate your intentions to other road users
- Do not speed up and attempt to beat a light turning red
- Always check for oncoming traffic before making a turn
- Abide by the right-of-way rules
Find Out if You Have a Case
Even the safest drivers cannot control what others do. If you have been involved in a crash, Sigman Janssen is ready to help. We know what it takes to conduct an investigation and gather evidence to build a strong case for compensation. Our firm has a proven track record of handling car accident cases.
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