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What You Need To Know To Help Avoid Stop Sign Accidents on Long Island

Stop sign intersectionThe terribly tragic car accident in Westbury that left one young high school student dead and two others seriously injured highlights the serious danger of running stop signs, especially at high speeds, as was the case in this accident.  Whether the result is broken bones, whiplash, a head injury, or death, thousands of these senseless accidents occur each year. At the offices of Westbury accident lawyers Goldstein and Bashner, we see way too many of these types of cases and know they can be avoided.

Stop sign accidents are often caused by drivers who are impatient, reckless, or distracted. It is important to be completely aware of other cars around you and take extra care when approaching a stop sign.

3 Steps to Take to  Help Avoid Stop Sign Accidents

A little extra caution at a stop sign can help prevent an stop sign accidents. Here are some simple steps to take:

  1. Make sure to come to a complete stop at the stop sign.
  2. Look in every direction and be especially cautious of cars that have not yet reached the stop sign, especially if they are going at a high speed.
  3. If you reach a stop sign at the same time as another vehicle, generally the car to the left must yield the right of way. However, if you have the right of way and the other car starts to go, do not risk the lives of you and your passengers by trying to fight for your right of way.

While there will always be car accidents, many can be avoided and you should always do your best to avoid causing one.

When the Car Accident Is Caused by an Unsafe Intersection

In some cases, the drivers may all be driving carefully and there may be some issue with the intersection itself. Are the stop signs large enough and easy for approaching cars to see? Is the intersection too busy and needs a traffic light rather than a stop sign? In cases where the intersection is not safe, you may have a case valid claim against the state. You must prove, however, that the area where the car accident occurred was a dangerous intersection and that this specific dangerous condition was a substantial factor in the car accident.

Questions? Contact Our Car Accident Lawyers Today

If you've been injured in an auto accident caused by someone that ran a stop sign, our firm can help you get the full compensation you deserve. Our experienced lawyers have over 40 years of experience with these types of accidents. Contact us today for a free consultation regarding your New York car accident case. We have offices conveniently located in Manhattan and Long Island.

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