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Understanding intersections and the dangers that lie within

If you frequent Kentucky roadways by motor vehicle, you likely know how terrifying it can be to have a tractor-trailer suddenly come barreling alongside or behind you. It can be quite frustrating as a motorist to see one of these massive vehicles moving at speeds that are no doubt far exceeding the legal limit. Mergers and other areas of the road are especially dangerous when tractor-trailers are present.  

In fact, intersections are some of the most high-risk areas that exist on Kentucky roads. You may have several types of intersections where you live. The problem is that no matter how alert or cautious you are behind the wheel, you are not in control of another driver's behavior and if he or she is negligent, you may be the one to suffer.  

T-sections and Crossroads 

There are typically two types of intersections in most towns. You have probably navigated both at some point in your driving experience. The following list provides basic information regarding 3-way and 4-way intersections:  

  • A T-intersection contains one road that extends through the crossing and another road that terminates at the point of juncture. The name of this type of intersection describes its road shape. 
  • A 4-way intersection, on the other hand, is shaped like a cross. It contains two extending roads that fully cross over each other. 
  • There are also 5-way and 6-way intersections although those are less common. The more roads connected to an intersection, the higher the risk because you must be aware of drivers at all possible entry points. If someone fails to stop at a stop sign or runs a red light (or there are no lights or signals) sudden collisions might occur.  

Controlled or uncontrolled 

Various types of traffic devices help to control intersections. Then again, there are rural areas where no signs or signals are present, making such crossroads especially dangerous. The following devices are meant to improve your safety while driving, as well as the safety of any pedestrians who happen to be present at the time:  

  • T-intersections are often uncontrolled, so safety depends on each driver adhering to right-of-way regulations. If the road you're on ends at the T, you must yield to drivers on the through-road. 
  • It is possible to find a 4-way intersection that is uncontrolled as well. If so, the rights-of-way yield to the right. 
  • Either type of intersection may include stop signs to control traffic flow. While such areas have control devices, they are also high-risk regions due to drivers ignoring traffic signs or otherwise acting recklessly behind the wheel.  

Traffic lights provide the most control at intersections; however, just as with stop signs, safety ultimately depends on every driver present adhering to state traffic laws and remaining cognizant and alert while driving.  

Negligence has disastrous consequences 

If a truck driver or other motorist is texting while driving or traveling above posted speed limits, he or she may not approach an intersection safely. Even if you notice potential danger nearby, you may not be able to react swiftly or safely enough to avoid collision. If a negligent driver causes you injury, you should not have to pay the medical bills or other expenses associated with the incident, which is why Kentucky law allows you to seek legal accountability against the person deemed responsible for your suffering.

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