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How Kansas City Drivers Can Stay Safe in Dangerous Intersections

Approaching a Kansas City intersection can be a dangerous prospect.  Kansas City drivers are faced with this danger multiple times each day.  How can you protect yourself and your family from the potential dangers of intersections?

One of the simplest answers to this question is to practice basic road etiquette.  Do not rush through an intersection to arrive at your destination fifteen seconds earlier than you otherwise would have.  If anything, plan to leave early enough that you will have a small cushion of time.  Know who has the right-of-way at a dangerous intersection and yield each time.  In case you are not sure: 1.       Emergency vehicles always have the right-of-way.  No matter what you should pull over and allow the first responders clear and open access to the intersection.  Be sure to look for following vehicles before you get back in the lane. 2.      Pedestrians, even when they are illegally crossing the road, always have the right of way.  This of it, vehicle vs. human being is not a fair match.  And the law is not likely to see it that way either. 3.      Intersections that utilize stop signs to control traffic require a little thinking on the par to of the drivers in the intersection.  The vehicle that reaches the intersection first has the right to go first.  If two or more vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, you should always yield to the car on the right. Remember that it is always better to arrive alive that to be dead and right.  In other words, if you see a dangerous driver coming to an intersection, it is better to just let them have their way than to take your rightful turn and cause an accident.  Chances are law enforcement will catch up with them sooner or later.  Better to not fan the flames of road rage. Remember that when you are approaching a roadway, a yield sign is not a stop sign.  Unless you are in heavy traffic and must stop for safety's sake, stopping at a yield sign can actually be dangerous.  The drivers in the vehicles behind you know what the yield sign means and will most likely expect that you will as well.  Your stop will be unexpected and possible cause an accident. Another thing you can do to be safe in dangerous intersections is to really understand the meanings of traffic signals.  Many drivers know that green means "proceed through the intersection."  The yellow light is the most misunderstood and many accidents stem from that misunderstanding.  Yellow does not mean "hurry up and beat the red light."  Rather it is clear indication to slow down and be prepared to stop.  Red lights mean stop, of course, but every year fatal accidents happen in dangerous intersections just because drivers could not stand to sit for a minute or two and let other cars go by.  Instead, they ran a red light. If you or a loved one have been injured because of the careless actions of another driver in a dangerous Kansas City intersection, you need the help of a Kansas City dangerous intersection lawyer.  Contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 888-348-2616 for more information about a free initial consultation.  You can also access important information about your personal injury case by downloading your free copy of the resource guide 10 Essential Steps You Must Take to Protect Your Injury Claim.   
James Roswold
James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.

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