Reasons people don’t stop at stop signs

On Behalf of | Dec 8, 2021 | Car Wrecks, Truck Accidents |

One of the most basic tenets of driving, and one of the first things they teach you in driver’s training, is that you need to stop at a stop sign. It is simple and self-explanatory and yet many people do not do it.

In fact, there are hundreds of thousands of accidents at stop signs every year. Some experts claim that intersections are one of the most dangerous places you’ll ever drive. Why does this happen?

Impairment and distraction

Naturally, impairment by drugs or alcohol leads to a lot of these accidents. So does distraction, such as someone who is texting and driving. In other words, if the person never sees the stop sign or doesn’t comprehend what it’s telling them to do, that can lead to a critical mistake that they never would have made if they were sober or if they weren’t distracted.

Not completely stopping

Another potential issue is when people roll through stop signs and only sort of slow down as they go through. They may think this is enough, and they generally try to look and see if any traffic is coming, but it is illegal and dangerous. If they make a poor judgment call, they can end up rolling right out in front of another car.

They don’t see the sign

In some cases, signs are obstructed by trees or vehicles or buildings. Drivers who run these signs may claim that it’s not their fault because they never saw the sign, but that is not necessarily the case.

What to do after you get injured

If someone else runs the stop sign, there’s little that you can do to prevent an accident. What you can do is look into your legal actions to seek compensation after the fact.