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The different types of intersections and how to navigate them

On Behalf of | Sep 9, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you’re a driver in Colorado, there’s a common scene you likely face each time you take to the road, and you may not even think much about it. Intersections are places where two or more roads meet or join and have different configurations and designs. Although intersections allow converging traffic to flow as safely and efficiently as possible, it’s estimated that nearly half of all traffic accidents in the United States happen at intersections. 

Intersections are the most complex traffic situations that both motorists and pedestrians face, especially in more populated areas. At some point in your life, you may have encountered a scenario in which you were confused when navigating an intersection or have noticed another driver making a wrong move at an intersection. Here are the main types of intersections you may encounter in Colorado and how to safely navigate them. 


A T-junction intersection is basically the spot where a minor roadway meets a major roadway. If you’re on the minor roadway, you’ll usually have a stop sign while traffic on the major roadway continues without having to stop. When you approach a T-intersection, the main thing you need to remember is that traffic on the major roadway always has the right-of-way. When you’re turning onto the major roadway, always stop completely and look both ways before pulling out. 


A four-way intersection is where two roads cross and is the most common type of intersection. Although the roads at a four-way often cross perpendicular, they can approach each other at any angle. Four-way intersections usually have traffic lights or stop signs. When navigating a four-way intersection, always stay focused, obey the road signs and only proceed when you have a green light. 


Intersections are either controlled or uncontrolled. Controlled intersections use stop signs or traffic lights, whereas uncontrolled intersections usually see little traffic, so they don’t use stop signs or traffic lights. You’ll likely see warning signs to make you aware when you are approaching an uncontrolled intersection. When driving through an uncontrolled intersection, make sure you proceed cautiously and use chronological order for determining the right-of-way. 

Some accidents are unavoidable 

Since intersections are places where multiple roads meet, there will be higher concentrations of traffic to deal with. You can reduce your risk of being in an accident by staying focused, following traffic signals, obeying right-of-way rules and, most importantly, slowing down. Yet, no matter how careful you are, it is impossible to know what another driver will do. Fortunately, if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by the negligence of another party, there are certain options available that may help you get through this experience.