Intersection Danger in Smith County, TX
People living near The Villages on Lake Palestine are voicing their concern over a dangerous intersection at FM 2661 and County Road 1261 in Flint, Texas. On Monday, April 4, two Austin residents were killed and three other people were injured in a three-vehicle accident at the intersection, just southwest of Tyler, Texas.
The intersection gives vehicles on FM 2661 the right of way, while vehicles driving on CR1261 have stop signs and must yield to traffic barreling down FM 2661. No signs warn drivers of the upcoming intersection and the traffic crossing at slower speeds.
A local resident explained that the intersection is incredibly dangerous and multiple fatal accidents have occurred there. He says that yielding to vehicles on FM 2661 is difficult because it’s hard to see far enough to make sure nobody is coming towards the intersection.
The resident warns drivers to look both ways at least twice, ensuring that no vehicles are approaching the intersection. Even though residents signed a petition to have stoplights installed in the intersection, nothing has happened.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) promised the residents to make changes at the intersection after a Tyler woman was killed in an accident in 2012. TXDOT added stop signs with flashing lights in an effort to control the intersection.
TXDOT crews were seen installing LED lights on the stop signs to help improve their visibility. A spokesperson for TXDOT says the department has no major changes planned for the intersection, but the matter may be evaluated in the future.
Intersections can be incredibly dangerous, especially if only one road must yield. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when crossing an intersection.
- Enter your lane before you reach the intersection; if you’re turning, get into the correct lane long before you have to cross the intersection
- Watch for caution signs. The standard sign for an upcoming 4-way intersection looks like a plus sign and a 3-way intersection sign looks like a “T”
- Watch for pedestrians and cyclists in the intersection
- Keep your eyes on the road; do not use your phone or turn your attention away while crossing an intersection
- Double Check - check left and right, then check left and right again before crossing an intersection
- Keep your wheels straight and your foot on the brake when checking for cross-traffic
- If you’re waiting to turn left, keep your wheels straight; if you’re hit from behind, you will be pushed forward, not into oncoming traffic
- Come to a complete stop at stop signs; if you roll through a sign, you’re more likely to miss seeing an oncoming vehicle
- If you’re nervous turning left in a 4-way intersection without a traffic light, cautiously turn right and drive until you can turn around at a light (as long as U-turns aren’t banned)
Intersection accidents account for around 40% of car accidents. To protect yourself on the road, take extra caution when driving through intersections.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, contact the Colley & Colley law firm in Tyler, Texas for a free consultation. We’re dedicated to providing you with the best legal counsel in East Texas.