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What is a blind intersection?

| Jul 31, 2020 | Auto Accidents |

Most of the time, when you get to an intersection, it’s easy to look both ways and see if traffic is approaching. This is important at stoplights, but it’s arguably more important at two-way and four-way stops. You need to know that the way is clear before proceeding into the intersection.

A blind intersection is one that makes this impossible. Remember the 100-foot rule. For the final 100 feet prior to entering the intersection, if you cannot see both ways for a minimum of 100 feet, that’s a blind intersection. Your view could be blocked by natural features like trees and rocks or by man-made features like buildings or even large cars and trucks parked on the street.

The danger at one of these intersections is significant. If it’s a two-way stop, you may stop and look both ways, determine that it’s safe, and then pull out into the road — only to find another car rushing toward you at 60 miles per hour, just 100 feet away.

But there’s danger on the other side, as well. Imagine that you’re on the cross street. You don’t even have a stop sign in this hypothetical situation. You may not know the intersection is there at all. You’re just safely driving along at 55 miles per hour, watching the road ahead of you. The building or other feature blocks your view of the driver on the opposite street. When they pull out in front of you, they basically appear out of nowhere, and you may have no way to avoid the crash.

If you get injured in an accident like this, be sure you understand your rights.

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