Approximately 35% of fatal truck/car crashes occur at intersections. An intersection is one of the most complex traffic situations that motorists encounter, and can present dangerous challenges to even the most cautious and experience professional drivers. Although intersections constitute only a small part of the overall highway system, they represent a disproportionate share of the highway safety problem.
Intersection-related crashes account for more than 45% of all reported crashes and 21% of all fatal crashes, according to the Federal Highway Administration statistics. Furthermore, intersection crashes constitute more than 50% of all crashes in urban areas and more than 30% in rural areas.
Intersections are likely points for traffic crashes because these areas produce conflicts among vehicles, and between vehicles and pedestrians. The dangers are compounded by speeding motorists who disregard stop signs and other traffic control devices and/or fail to signal their intentions.