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It is estimated that more than 700,000 accidents take place at intersections with stop signs. Approximately 280,000 of those accidents occur because of motorist running stop signs. There is a litany of reasons that drivers often neglect to stop as required by the law. There are also numerous way that you can be more alert and decrease your likelihood of running stop signs yourself. Legal consequences can be strict for not adhering to this law, and even more dire consequences if you get into an accident while running a stop sign. There are methods that you can employ that will help to safeguard you from potentially unsafe drivers. However, it is hard to account for other distracted drivers and those potentially under the influence. If you have suffered an injury in a traffic accident due to other another driver running a stop sign, it is recommended that you contact a reputable personal injury attorney and schedule a free consultation.

Common Reasons for Running Stop Signs

There are not many good reasons for running stop signs, if any at all. However, there are a plethora of reasons that drivers often give for not stopping. They are listed below.

  • Distracted driving: This can include texting, reading directions, daydreaming, talking, etc. One of the biggest distractions in today’s world is cell phones.
  • Aggressive driving: Aggressive driving can be fueled by road rage or just impatience. Furthermore, 66% of all accidents are due to aggressive driving.
  • Rolling Stops: Far too often, drivers get too comfortable at a stop sign and do not come to a complete stop. This can cause confusion and ultimately accidents.
  • Driving under the influence: If a driver is under the influence of alcohol or any other perception altering drug, they are more likely to run a stop sign.
  • Impaired vision: Drivers over the age of 55 tend to have more difficulty seeing stop signs at night and in inclement weather conditions.

If you have suffered injuries due to a driver running a stop sign, it is imperative that you contact a reputable personal injury lawyer at your earliest convenience.

Consequences of Running Stop Signs

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 20% of all fatal accidents happen because of negligent motorist running stop signs. While this is obviously the most severe consequence of running stop signs, there are other potential consequences. Running stop signs in California can result in a ticket that cost hundreds of dollars. Additionally, you will lose a point on your DMV record. It will also be reported to your insurance company, which will inevitably raise your rates. The consequences of running stop signs do not just affect you, they can affect the lives and families of other drivers, motorist or pedestrians involved.

How to Increase Your Awareness as a Driver

If you are driving at 55 mph and you take your eyes off of the road for just five seconds, you would have traveled the length of a football field in that time. With this in mind, there are many ways to increase your awareness and make the road safer for yourself and others. You will find some of the more effective methods of abstaining from distraction while driving below.

  1. Always scan with your eyes. It is imperative that you constantly keep your eyes in motion while driving. Threats can come from anywhere. Additionally, it can be easy to miss road and stop signs, especially at night or in inclement weather.
  2. Remember your blind spots. Many drivers attempt to switch lanes or are “loose” with their steering at stop signs. Always remember to use a head check before switching lanes.
  3. Follow the law. Drivers still become confused at four-way stops. After all, who should go first? Ensure that you brush up on California State law regarding four-way stops and right of way laws.
  4. Wear corrective glasses. If you need glasses or contacts, wear them. If you cannot see a stop sign because you neglected to wear your glasses, you will face legal consequences. Additionally, you may endanger yourself and/or others.
  5. Update your windshield wipers. During inclement weather, effective windshield wipers can help to increase your field of vision while keeping you and other drivers safe.
  6. Check your brakes: A car with faulty brakes pads or a leaking brake line can increase your chances of inadvertently running stop signs. Get your car checked often and pay attention to signs of wear.
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What To Do if You Have Been in an Accident

Just about everyone gets into an accident at some point in their life. If you have been involved in an accident due to someone running stop signs, it is important that you take the appropriate steps to ensure your protection. After the accident has occurred, ensure that all parties involved are ok. This includes yourself. Additionally, exchange insurance and contact information. Take pictures of the scene and collect any pertinent evidence. Be honest when you speak with law enforcement, but never admit fault, under any circumstances. Seek appropriate medical attention (even if you don’t feel injured, at minimum, consult with a doctor).  Call an extinguished and experienced personal injury attorney to handle your case.

How to Find the Best Personal Injury Attorney

In the State of California, the statute of limitations on personal injury cases is two years. However, it is recommended that you contact a personal injury lawyer shortly after the accident has occurred. Your attorney should have experience with accidents that involve running stop signs. They should also have proven abilities in the courtroom, not just settling as some cases will go to trial. Furthermore, you should be comfortable with your lawyer and the level of customer service and help provided. If you have recently suffered an injury because of an overzealous driver running stop signs, give our attorneys a call to schedule your free consultation today.

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