Car Accident At Intersection: What Is An Intersection Accident?
An intersection accident is defined as a motor vehicle collision in an intersection. This is most common, when a car intends to make a left turn and goes too far into the intersection, or when a car endeavors to make a turn too soon and the oncoming car crashes into the turning car, or when a car runs a red light.
Understanding Intersection Accidents
The California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1 has a statute limitation of two years, following the date the accident happened. However if the accident caused a fatality, the statute of limitations begins on the date of the victim’s death.
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Why Do Most Accidents Happen At Intersections?
When a motorist reaches an intersection, there are numerous considerations he or she must make in order to get through safely and without harming others. This includes acknowledging traffic signals and surrounding signs, respecting the state’s road laws and regulations, and making the right moves that don’t heighten the risk of an accident.
When a driver slips up and causes an intersection accident, it is usually, due to one of two things:
- Reckless and/or negligent motorist behavior such as speeding, distracted driving, or drunk driving; or
- Ignorance or failure to follow right-of-way guidelines and other important laws.
Common intersection accident scenarios include making a turn without first checking to see if the intersection is clear of other vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists; failing to stop at a red light or stop sign; and failing to watch the surroundings.
Crashes at intersections occur very frequently. Much of the time, intersection accidents involve making left turns.
Intersection collisions could include head-on impact when one vehicle unsuccessfully merges into an opposing lane of traffic to turn at an intersection. Or, side impact can occur when a vehicle enters the path of another vehicle. Or both head-on and side impact can occur when a motorist goes through a red light at an intersection.
Intersection Accident Injuries in California
Regardless, being involved in a car accident is a life-changing experience for anyone. It can take a long time to heal after receiving a severe or catastrophic injury from an auto collision.
It’s imperative to seek immediate medical attention following an accident at an intersection – to avoid exacerbating your injuries. Your recovery time depends on the quality of healthcare you receive and our attorneys will ensure you have access to the most qualified medical professionals. Furthermore, the victim will likely be required to miss a significant amount of time at work in order to recover and will need to hire a caregiver to assist with daily tasks.
Ultimately, it’s obvious how the costs associated with severe injuries can multiply rapidly. The law protects people who have been injured, due to another person’s negligence. In order, to get compensation for your injuries, you typically have to pursue legal action. This is where car accident attorneys can help; they will present a strong case on your behalf – to ensure you’re fully compensated for your suffering.
What Types Of Injuries Are Considered Catastrophic?
There are several types of injuries that can be considered catastrophic. But they usually include:
- Severe brain injury
- Quadriplegia or Paraplegia
- Eye damage that causes blindness
- Injury leading to severe behavioral or mental impairment
Catastrophic injuries are devastating, they can lead to cognitive or physical impairments. Plus, they almost always result in psychological and emotional distress, which can impede with the rehabilitation process.
In addition, several of these injuries are progressive. For instance, spinal cord and neurological injuries can become increasingly difficult in the long-run and can lead to substantial impairments such as cognitive disabilities, headaches, personality changes, and dizziness.