What Are the Most Dangerous Intersections in Richmond, Virginia?

May 11, 2023 | Auto Accidents

Dangerous Intersection in Richmond, Virginia

According to Virginia’s car crash map, over 5,700 vehicle accidents occurred in Richmond, VA, in 2022. While a car accident can happen anywhere, some intersections in Richmond are notorious for their high number of crashes. So which intersections in Richmond pose the biggest risk for road users?

Dangerous Intersections in Richmond, VA

The following intersections in Richmond see repeated vehicle crashes:

  • Commerce Road/Hull Street
  • Hermitage Road/Laburnum Avenue
  • Belvidere Street/Broad Street
  • Forest Hill Avenue/Chippenham Parkway
  • Broad Rock Road/35th Street

 

This is by no means an exhaustive list. It’s always a good idea to drive carefully when you cross any intersections and other high-risk spots in Richmond.

What Makes Intersections So Dangerous

About 40% of all car accidents occur at intersections. So why does this happen? Why are intersections, and especially some intersections, more prone to serious and fatal crashes?

At intersections, two or more lanes of traffic converge, creating a busy spot with lots of distractions. Drivers at intersections have to observe the right of way, join traffic flow safely and efficiently, and keep a safe distance from other vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. With so many elements competing for the motorist’s attention, drivers may make an error like missing a traffic signal or misjudging the proper speed.

Busier intersections with higher numbers of vehicles and pedestrians will always be riskier than others. Poor street design and visibility may also contribute to dangers at intersections.

Many accidents at intersections happen due to:

  • Distracted driving
  • Violating right of way
  • Failing to observe speed limits
  • Not keeping enough distance from other vehicles
  • Insufficient view of the road while turning

 

How to Protect Yourself at Intersections as a Motorist in Virginia

The overwhelming majority of car crashes at intersections are preventable and occur because of driver error. While safety improvements, like better visibility and more efficient signage, can enhance road user security, your choices on the road play a crucial part in keeping you and other road users safe.  

The following tips can help you protect yourself and others at dangerous intersections in Richmond, VA:

  • Adjust your speed. Gradually slow down as you approach an intersection and give any vehicles behind you time to do the same.
  • Remember to signal to let other drivers know you’re planning to turn.
  • Pay attention. You should always avoid distractions while driving, but especially in high-risk areas like intersections. Survey your surroundings for other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, and anything that could cause an accident.
  • Be aware of other drivers’ intentions. If another motorist speeds through an intersection or violates your right of way, drive defensively and keep away from their vehicle.
  • Enter and exit the intersection carefully. Keep away from other vehicles and don’t try to speed ahead of a traffic light about to turn yellow.

 

If, despite your every effort to drive carefully, you still suffer a car accident, move to safety, get medical attention, and report the incident to law enforcement. Keep any relevant documentation and contact a car accident lawyer to find out whether you have grounds for an auto accident claim.

Geoff McDonald & Associates: Your Trusted Auto Accident Lawyers in Richmond, VA

Even if you do your best to stay safe at dangerous intersections in Richmond, VA, you may still end up in an accident through no fault of your own. If you or a loved one suffered car accident injuries, contact us at Geoff McDonald & Associates. In over two decades of practice, our dedicated legal team has recovered over $400 million in compensation.

Call (804) 409-0821 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with a skilled car accident attorney in Richmond, VA.

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