Many drivers interpret a yellow slight as a need to speed up to get through the intersection. However, the law states that a yellow light serves as a warning that the green light has ended and a red light will be shown very soon. Typically, there is a short time between a red light in one direction and a green light in the other direction. As such, speeding up or failing to slow when a yellow light is shown often results in high impact collisions, such as “t-bones.” These accidents can cause devastating injuries and fatalities.
Generally, California allows drivers to turn on red unless there is a sign indicating otherwise. However, many drivers make this right turn without stopping and looking both ways. This failure results in collisions with pedestrians and bicyclists in or near crosswalks.
Rear end collisions commonly occur at signalized intersections. These accidents often occur because a driver expects the vehicle in front him or her to proceed through the intersection when a yellow slight is shown. This expectation along with tailgating causes a rear end accident.
If an intersection does not have a left turn traffic light, the driver must yield to oncoming traffic before turning. However, accidents occur when the vehicle in the opposite direction runs a red light and the other driver makes a left turn, causing side impact to the turning vehicle. The high speed and high impact with this accident results in significant physical injuries.