Stop Signs and the Risk of Auto Accidents By Steve Charpentier on May 07, 2017

A stop signDriving through a stop sign can have serious consequences for the driver and to anyone who happens to be on the road at the same time. One person's poor decision to drive through a stop sign can leave others with critical, life changing injuries. Victims of auto accidents caused by another person's negligence may be entitled to financial compensation for their injuries.

The attorneys of Charpentier Law Firm are experienced in handling cases involving auto accidents and stop signs. If you've been injured in a car accident, contact our Melbourne, FL law firm to learn more about your legal rights. In the meantime, let's take a closer look at the risks of auto accidents at stop signs.

Common Causes of Stop Sign Related Auto Accidents

Stop signs are common sites of auto accidents for a number of possible reasons. Driver distraction, like talking on a cell phone or texting, may be one of the biggest causes of accidents involving stop signs. Some other causes include:

  • Not focusing while driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Not seeing a stop sign due to obstruction
  • Driving through a stop sign
  • Driving too fast
  • Not following proper right-of-way rules
  • Misjudging speed of other motorists

Types of Stop Sign Accidents

Accidents at stop signs are categorized into four types of collisions. These different types include:

  • Two-way stop collision: As the name suggests, a two-way stop collision occurs at a two-way stop and is characterized by one vehicle turning left at the same time as another vehicle drives straight. 
  • Four-way collision: Four-way stop collisions happen at a four-way stop and may occur when one or more drivers either fails to stop or fails to follow right-of-way laws.
  • Rear-end collisions: Rear-end collisions may happen at a stop sign when one driver is stopped and another drives into the back of the stopped car. A rear-end collision may happen if a driver doesn't realize there's a stop sign or if the driver was driving too fast to stop in time.
  • Side impact collisions: Side impact collisions can occur at two-way and four-way stops. Side impact collisions can occur if one driver turns left while another driver heads straight or if a driver crosses another driver.

The Dangers of Auto Accidents at Stop Signs

Auto accidents at stop signs can be dangerous to all involved. Driving through a stop sign can result in two or more cars colliding. In other cases, a driver may be speeding and not notice a stop sign, or driving too fast to stop before hitting another car. Whatever the case, it's important to stay mindful of other drivers when coming to a stop sign. Always come to a complete stop and look both ways before continuing.

Stop Sign Accidents and Liability

Determining liability in stop sign accidents can be difficult as it may not be immediately obvious who is at fault. Witnesses not involved in the auto accident can help with determining liability when the party at fault is not obvious. An experienced car accident attorney will review the details of the client's case to determine what documentation is needed to support the client's claims.

Contact Charpentier Law Firm

An experienced car accident attorney can help injured parties recover lost wages, medical costs, and other damages. If you have been injured in a car accident, you are encouraged to contact the car accident attorneys of Charpentier Law Firm.

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