Negligence and poor driving behavior may cause an avoidable crash, and drivers sometimes take risks that increase the chances of a catastrophe. Failing to come to a complete stop at a Pennsylvania intersection might prove regrettable. The so-called intersection “rolling stop” might lead to an injurious or fatal crash.
Rolling stops are moving violations
Drivers must come to a complete stop at an intersection when there is a stop sign or a red light. Slowing down to 2 mph and making a right turn on red or going through the stop sign at “only” 1 mph is not a complete stop. Failure to entirely stop the vehicle is a traffic violation. In addition, making a right turn without fully stopping could result in a red light violation.
Such violations represent the improper operation of a motor vehicle and a disregard for safety. A negligent driver could be held liable for an accident if one occurs. And rolling stops do come with collision risks.
Rolling stops may cause accidents
Going through a stop sign without coming to a complete stop may lead to a crash. The same could be true when making a turn. Besides the risk of colliding with or rear-ending another car, the vehicle could hit a pedestrian. Collisions with a pedestrian might cause a fatality.
Stopping at the intersection allows drivers to check for other cars and pedestrians. Doing so might be even more necessary at night or during inclement weather. Reckless disregard for others’ safety could lead to an accident, and a driver need not go fast to be irresponsible.
Anyone who suffers an injury because of a rolling stop or another type of accident may be able to pursue a personal injury suit. A driver might not be entirely negligent for the accident, but failing to stop when the law requires might make the driver liable for the victim’s injuries.