Intersection accidents are some of the most common motor vehicle accidents today. They occur when two or more vehicles collide at an intersection. Intersections can be dangerous because they require drivers to navigate through a high-risk area where other vehicles cross their paths at high speeds.
These accidents can happen in various ways, including rear-end collisions, T-bone collisions, head-on collisions, and sideswipe collisions. Rear-end collisions occur when one vehicle hits the rear of another vehicle. T-bone collisions occur when one vehicle hits the side of another, forming a “T” shape. Head-on collisions occur when two vehicles hit each other head-on, while sideswipe collisions occur when two vehicles traveling in the same direction collide.
Intersection Accident Frequency & Injuries
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 40% of all car accidents in the United States are intersection-related. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that intersections with traffic signals are the most common location for intersection accidents, accounting for approximately 46% of all intersection-related accidents. Determining who is at fault in an intersection accident can be challenging. But one thing that is not up for debate is the consequences of these accidents.
The consequences of intersection accidents can be severe. Injuries sustained in these accidents can range from minor cuts and bruises to serious head and spinal injuries, paralysis, or even death. Victims of intersection accidents may require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. Those in intersection accidents may be unable to return to work, leading to significant financial and emotional burdens.
Leading Causes of Intersection Accidents
Being in an accident at an intersection is an alarming experience. What causes an intersection collision to occur? While there are numerous factors involved, below are several of the leading causes of intersection accidents:
- Distracted driving: Drivers distracted by their phones, GPS devices, or other electronic devices may fail to notice traffic signals, other vehicles, or pedestrians in the intersection. This can result in a collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian.
- Failure to yield the right of way: Drivers who fail to yield the right of way can cause a T-bone collision or other type of accident. This can occur when a driver runs a red light or stop sign or when they make a left turn in front of oncoming traffic.
- Speeding: Drivers traveling at high speed have less time to react to changing road conditions, such as traffic signals, other vehicles, or pedestrians. This can increase the risk of a collision, particularly in congested intersections where traffic may be moving slowly or backing up.
- Driving under the influence: Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol may have impaired judgment, reflexes, and vision, which can increase the risk of an intersection accident.
- Reckless driving: Drivers who engage in aggressive driving behaviors, such as tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, or making sudden lane changes, can put themselves and others at risk of a collision at an intersection.
- Poor weather conditions: Adverse weather conditions, such as heavy rain, snow, or fog, can decrease visibility and make it difficult for drivers to see traffic signals or other vehicles in the intersection.
- Mechanical failure: If a vehicle’s brakes, steering, or other critical components fail, it can be difficult for the driver to control the vehicle, especially in congested intersections.
Intersection accidents can be caused by various factors, including distracted driving, failure to yield the right of way, speeding, driving under the influence, reckless driving, poor weather conditions, and mechanical failure. To reduce the risk of an intersection accident, practicing safe driving habits, including following traffic signals, staying focused on the road, and maintaining a safe speed and following distance, is essential.
What to do After Being in an Intersection Accident
If you or a loved one has been involved in an intersection accident, taking immediate action to protect your rights and seek compensation for any damages is essential. What steps should you take after being in an intersection accident? Below are some steps you should take if you find yourself the victim of an intersection accident:
- Seek Medical Attention: Health and well-being should be your top priority after an accident. Even if you don’t feel that bad, even minor symptoms should be checked out by a medical professional to rule out something serious. Some complications from injuries, such as whiplash or traumatic brain injuries, may not be immediately apparent but can have serious long-term consequences.
- Contact the Police: It’s essential to report the accident to the police, as they can document the scene, take statements from witnesses, and create an accident report. The accident report can include important information for your claim for compensation.
- Document the Accident: Take pictures of the accident scene, including any vehicle damage and injuries sustained by you or the others involved. Gather contact information from any witnesses and the other driver involved. If possible, note the weather and road conditions at the time of the accident.
- Contact an Attorney: Intersection accidents can be complex, and it’s crucial to have an experienced attorney to help you navigate the legal process, negotiate with insurance companies, and pursue compensation for your damages. An attorney can help you understand your rights, gather evidence, and represent your interests in court if necessary.
In addition to these steps, it’s important to remember that you have a limited amount of time to file a claim for compensation after an intersection accident. The specific time limit, or statute of limitations, can vary by state and type of claim you’re filing. In some cases, the statute of limitations may be as short as one year. You may lose your right to seek compensation if you miss the deadline.
Intersection accidents can have serious consequences for those involved, and taking immediate action is essential. If you have suffered injuries in an intersection accident due to another driver’s negligence, do not hesitate to contact the car accident attorneys at Berman & Simmons for a free consultation. For more than 100 years, we have been the trusted Maine law firm for people who have been seriously injured due to the negligence of others.
If you’ve been injured in an intersection accident, we’ll be there for you.
When we get behind the wheel, we are all at the mercy of drivers who put themselves and others at unnecessary risk of injury or death through such reckless and negligent conduct as:
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Driving tired
- Disobeying traffic rules
- Failing to drive safely in dangerous weather conditions
When such misconduct upends lives and devastates families, the Maine car accident lawyers at Berman & Simmons stand ready to provide critical support and resources to injury victims. With unmatched legal skills and personal dedication, our lawyers fight to obtain the compensation that can help our clients recover just as we have done for countless New Englanders for over a century.
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