how DOES A personal injury attorney DRIVE THROUGH an intersection?

Published: January 21, 2022

You want to know how I enter an intersection when driving? Cautiously. Very very cautiously. Because I have handled so many cases involving collisions in intersections, including a lot of t-bone accidents, I am extraordinarily cautious when I drive through an intersection.

Here is what I do:

  • If I am on a three-lane road like State Street in Salt Lake City, I try to position myself in the center lane, which gives me a little buffer from potential left-hand turners ahead and from right-hand turners entering the roadway.
  • If I am on a two-lane road, I position myself in the right lane. I have handled a lot of accidents involving left-hand turners so I try to create some distance between my vehicle and the left-hand turner ahead.
  • I usually will slow down a little as I approach an intersection.
  • I always “cover the brake” when I approach an intersection. This is the technique where you a driver removes their right foot from off of the accelerator pedal and holds it above the brake pedal. The purpose is to be in a position to slow down quickly if a left-hand or right-hand turner darts out unexpectedly. Always, always, always “cover the brake” when going through an intersection.
  • As I approach the intersection, I also look to my left, then my right, then my left again. I am looking for drivers approaching from the left or the right who are going to blow through their red light. You would be surprised how many collisions take place because a driver is distracted, blows right through a red light and violently t-boning the vehicle going through on a green light.
  • Did you know if you are hit by another driver who ran a red light on an intersection, the insurance company may still fight the case? If it can, the insurance company will attempt to place some blame on you for the accident because you did not “clear the intersection” before proceeding through, even when you have a green light. You are responsible for clearing the intersection (looking both ways) before proceeding, even when you have a green light.

If you have been involved in an accident in a Utah intersection, call or text Shane immediately at 385-429-9960 or e-mail him at s@gosdis.lawyer.

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