Understanding Intersection Accidents
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.
What Is An Intersection Accident?
- Understanding Intersection Accidents
- What Is An Intersection Accident
- Types Of Intersection Accidents
- Why You Need A Lawyer
- Worst Intersections by Frequency of Collisions
- Value Of Your Case
- What Types of Damages Can I Recover
- Common Causes of Intersection Accidents
- Types Of Injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Our Promise
- Trusted Intersection Accident Attorneys
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the majority (more than 90 percent) of intersection accidents are caused by driver error.
In other words, if you have been injured in an intersection accident, even though you were driving safely at the time, chances are another driver is at fault. And, you should be given monetary compensation for your injuries and the damages to your vehicle.
Why You Need An Intersection Accident Attorney
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.
There are many reasons to contact Wilshire Law Firm for help with your intersection accident injury claim. We have helped our clients receive millions of dollars in settlements. We always offer free comprehensive case evaluations with no obligation. And, we don’t ask for a penny unless you get a settlement.
Pursuing a car crash claim can be a complex process, but we will help you throughout this difficult time, we always put you first. Call us toll-free at (800) 522-7274 or use the chat box in the right hand corner and we’ll be happy to assist you.
Types Of Intersection Accidents
What Are the Common Causes of Intersection Accidents?
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
Injuries can from car accidents can range from sustaining scratches to having severe brain trauma or paraplegia.
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.
Most Dangerous Intersections in Los Angeles
A new analysis by tech company DataScience this week revealed the city of L.A.’s deadliest intersections when it comes to traffic collisions:
Worst Intersections by Frequency of Collisions Nov 2014 – Oct 2015
#1: Imperial Highway & Vista Del Mar, Los Angeles, CA 90293
#2: Van Nuys Blvd. & Roscoe Blvd., Panorama City, CA 91402
#3: S. Western Avenue & W. Florence Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90047
#4: Roscoe Blvd & Lennox Avenue, Panorama City, CA 91402
#5: La Cienega & West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035
#6: S. Western Ave. & W. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles CA 90062
#7: Victory Blvd. & Reseda Blvd., Reseda CA 91335
#8: Roscoe Blvd. & Langdon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 91343
#9: Crenshaw Blvd. & W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018
#10: Van Nuys Blvd. & Oxnard St., Van Nuys, CA 91401
According to research studies, making left-hand turns in intersections have caused numerous injuries and fatalities. Some of the following data is startling and should make drivers more cautious when they endeavor to go through intersections:
- According to the Washington Post, 53.1 percent of intersection collisions involve left turns.
- However only 5.7 percent of intersection accidents involve making right turns.
- Thus, left turns are ten times more likely to cause an intersection accident.
- The Washington Post also claims, 36 percent of deadly accidents with a motorcycle involve making a left-hand turn before a motorcycle.
Running Red Light Facts
According to ABC, running red lights can be very deadly and drivers who endeavor to run red lights in intersections are responsible for causing more than 800 deaths and approximately 200,000 injuries in the U.S. each year.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, there were approximately, 916 red light fatalities every year from 2007 to 2011. In 2007, there were 883 deaths, as a result of drivers running red lights. This is a decline of 33 deaths in comparison to the prior five years.
The following chart depicts the amount of red light fatalities from 2000 to 2007.
According to Traffic Technology today, red light running collisions have a significant economic impact that costs the US tax payers $14 billion every year. This doesn’t include the emotional distress running red light accidents inflict upon victims of those who get injured, not to mention the lifelong distress for the families and friends of people who lost their lives.
As the victim, you must prove the other driver caused the accident. Our attorneys can conduct an investigation of the circumstances surrounding your accident to find evidence that supports your side of the story, including witness statements, traffic camera photos, video footage, and expert testimony from accident reconstruction specialists and medical professionals.
We can also use the evidence to establish the full extent of your damages, so you obtain a maximum recovery and settlement.
In 2011, American Traffic Solutions revealed, there was an average of two deaths per day in the U.S, due to drivers running red lights. From 2007 to 2011, American Traffic Solutions approximates that 721 people died every year, 63 people died every day and $378 million was sacrificed each month because of drivers who ran red lights.
Fortunately, the total amount of red light running deaths decreased 22% from 2007 to 2011, as the total amount of red light cameras across the U.S. increased by 135%.
If you are considering filing an auto accident claim, you should be mindful of the statute of limitations. If you do not act in a timely matter, you will potentially sacrifice losing important evidence and your right to file a lawsuit. It is highly recommended that you immediately consult a personal injury lawyer to avoid this.
Furthermore, the opposing insurance company won’t give you a full and fair settlement deal willingly. As a business, they will do whatever they can to preserve their bottom line, even if it means not giving you the full and fair compensation you deserve. To ensure a full recovery of your losses, get in touch with an experienced car accident lawyer.
Pursuing a car crash claim can be a complex process, but we will explain it to you in a way that’s clear, direct, and concise. It is our firm’s philosophy to always put the client first, no matter what. To discuss your case with one of our dedicated personal injury attorneys, call us toll-free at (800) 522-7274.
- We always provide free, no obligation case evaluations.
- We do not charge for our legal services unless we win.
- We ensure that you have access to the medical treatment you need, before your case settles.
Our goal will always be to win your case and ensure you achieve the best results.
Contact A Trusted Intersection Accident Attorney
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Let us help you get back on the road to recovery, call Wilshire Law Firm at (800) 522-7274 for a free consultation.
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Last Updated: 02-17-2017