Most drivers will be involved in an accident sooner or later, and data from the Idaho Transportation Department reveals that motorists in that state are far more likely to crash in urban areas. About three-quarters of the motor vehicle accidents in Idaho take place on city streets, and about half of them involve an aggressive driver. Idaho drivers can reduce their chances of being injured in a car accident by being particularly vigilant in situations that often lead to crashes.
Accidents are more likely to occur when motor vehicles enter intersections and cross traffic lanes being used by oncoming traffic. T-bone accidents occur when a car crossing an intersection is struck on the side by an approaching vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign or traffic light. These car accidents are extremely dangerous, but they can sometimes be avoided. When you approach an intersection or prepare to make a turn, check to make sure that other vehicles are stopped or slowing down even if you have a green light or the right of way.
Sideswipes and rear-end collisions
Sideswipe collisions are a very common type of motor vehicle accident, and they occur when vehicles strike each other during lane changes. You can reduce your chances of having one of these collisions by checking your mirror and using your turn signals before you change lanes and avoiding situations that place you in another driver’s blind spot. Rear-end collisions are often caused by distracted drivers. These accidents are sometimes unavoidable, but you can reduce your chances of suffering a painful whiplash injury by making sure that you fasten your seat belt before every trip. Wearing a seat belt could also save your life. According to the ITD, more than half of the unrestrained road users who are killed in traffic accidents in Idaho in 2019 would have survived the crashes that killed them if they had buckled up.
Remaining alert, avoiding dangerous situations and practicing defensive driving techniques could help you to avoid a traffic accident in Idaho. You should be especially careful when making turns or entering intersections, and you should watch out for aggressive drivers as they cause about half of the crashes that take place in Idaho each year.