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25 Crash Causes: Running Stop Signs

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents, Top 25 Causes of Car Crashes


Like traffic signals, stop signs are vital to road safety. Not making a full stop at a designated intersection can lead to devastating car accidents, especially if multiple vehicles are involved. According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), ‘traffic controls’ was identified as the top factor involved in all fatal crashes from 2004-2008. Over 50 percent of crashes between two vehicles occurred at a stop sign. In some cases, there is even a higher likelihood of collision at stop signs than at traffic lights because a sign could be obstructed from view or easily overlooked by the driver.

Precautions at Intersections

When approaching a two-way or four-way intersection, it is best to routinely slow down, in case there is a stop sign or pedestrian crossing. At a red stop sign, drivers must fully apply their brakes, and check all directions to make sure the road is clear before continuing onward. If other cars are also at the intersection, wait for vehicles with the right of way to pass first. Unsure about who has right of way at a crossroad? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers a helpful guide on this important topic on their website.

Proving Fault in a Stop Sign Related Car Accident

If another driver runs a stop sign, and hits your vehicle, you will need to prove fault to receive reimbursement from their insurance company. In the event that the other party denies liability, a complicated he-said-she-said dispute can ensue. You will need to provide evidence such as photographs, witness testimony, or police statement to demonstrate negligence and fault. You should also inquire whether the area or nearby storefronts are equipped with street view cameras because surveillance footage can greatly contribute to your case.

The insurer preserves the right to deny any claim with insufficient evidence. If you suffered injuries from a car accident due to someone else’s carelessness or reckless driving, Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can help you prove liability, and file a legal claim to attain rightful compensation. After the prescreening process, we will gather evidence, collect medical reports, interview potential witnesses, deal with insurance adjusters, and finally negotiate a fair settlement.

At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., our team of experienced attorneys have successfully recovered monetary award to take care of the cost of our clients’ expenses, including, hospital bills, medical treatments, physical therapy, prescription pain medication, car repairs, and other payments. Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. will not charge you any fees unless a settlement is reached.

How an Illinois Lawyer Can Help You

Want to find out more about your legal options after a serious car accident? Schedule a free consultation session with one of our accident lawyers in Chicago by calling (312) 236-2900.

Don’t miss this article: Top 25 Causes of Car Accidents and What You Can Do To Prevent Them. For this month of October, the Illinois attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. will be developing a blog series breaking down these leading causes of car crashes.

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