Intersections are some of the most common sites of car accidents. In 2011, there were over 26,000 auto accidents in Alabama intersections alone. This is a startling number of collisions. When you think about the nature of an intersection, however, the frequency with which accidents occur is not so surprising. Intersections can contain multiple lanes of cars approaching from different angles and heading in different directions across oncoming traffic. There are often various traffic signs or signals directing the rights of way of the car at various intervals. There may be pedestrians crossing the street or a crossing guard present. Many traffic laws come into play in and around an intersection. Even a small mistake by any driver can lead to an accident.
If you are injured because of an accident, our Alabama attorneys can help you determine who is responsible so you can recover monetary compensation for your injuries. The attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt understand the complex nature of accidents that occur at busy intersections and can advocate on your behalf while you concentrate on getting well again.
Who is Responsible for Intersection Automobile Accidents?
There are many things that a driver must consider when approaching an intersection. Is there a stop sign ahead? Does every car have stop sign? Will they stop completely? Is there a yellow light that may turn red? A turning arrow? A separate turning lane? Can I make a right on red? Do the other drivers have the right of way? Is there a school crossing? Is the car behind me too close? These questions only break the surface. The point is that a driver who is even slightly distracted, aggressive, or simply misjudges his surroundings can cause serious injury to other drivers or pedestrians. In a perfect world, all drivers will respect each others’ right of way and proceed with caution and care. When this happens, traffic moves smoothly and without incident. However, it only takes one driver to put everyone at risk of injury.
An intersection collisions can occur when one driver:
- Assumes a light will turn green, stay green or stay yellow.
- Turns when it is not prudent. For example by misjudging the speed or direction of an oncoming car.
- Ignores pedestrian or school crossing signals
- Fails to stop at blinking red lights, slow at blinking yellow lights or stop completely at stop signs
- Accelerates through an intersection
Again, the very nature of an intersection calls into play a multitude of traffic laws and driving rules. A driver’s failure to follow one or more of these can mean that they are negligent if an accident occurs. For example, a driver who does not properly signal a turn, runs a red light or texts while approaching an intersection can very easily cause an accident. Each one of these acts, regardless of whether an accident occurs, violates the law. Receiving a ticket for a traffic violation may be evidence that the driver is responsible for an accident. Occasionally, an accident in an intersection is caused by malfunctioning or poorly marked traffic signals. If a power outage causes a traffic light to fail at a busy intersection, the consequences can be deadly.
Determining responsibility for a motor vehicle accident in an intersection requires a tremendous amount of investigation. You will need to check data records, surveillance cameras if there are any, speak to any witnesses and maybe even have someone recreate the accident. Experts may need to study the nature of the damage to your vehicle or traffic patterns to help determine the chain of people or events that caused the accident. Of course, you must maintain documentation of your injuries and losses in order to prove that you are entitled to a monetary award. Speaking with attorneys can help you. The attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt have years of experience working on intersection automobile cases and understand the complexities of each case.
Steps to Take if you are in an Accident at an Intersection
A car accident in an intersection can feel chaotic. Because there are often many lanes crossing each other, the crash may be blocking the flow of traffic in one or more directions. The collision may very well involve multiple vehicles and the possibility of a chain reaction. It is important that you try to remain calm and attempt, if you can, to keep the scene as it is until the police and ambulance arrive. Because there are so many variables involved in an intersection accident, you want to preserve as much evidence as you can. Moving your vehicle can make it even harder to determine the cause of the accident. Also, you want to try to avoid any additional injuries to yourself and those around you. Keeping your car where it is, may be the best way to do that.
Injuries Caused by Intersection Car Accidents
Like all motor vehicle accidents, accidents that take place in an intersection can result in severe and catastrophic injuries. They often involve cars that are speeding through a straight intersection or making an unsafe turn. The result is often a high-speedhead-on or side impact crash. Injuries in these types of forceful crashes include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and broken bones.
Contact Alabama Intersection Accident Attorneys
When you are injured in a car accident, you should have the support of Attorneys, who regularly handle intersection accident claims and cases. The Attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt are extremely familiar with the myriad of ways that drivers can cause serious injuries in these types of accidents. We are also familiar with the excuses that drivers often give when they try to avoid liability. Contact Farris, Riley & Pitt if you are suffering from injuries related to an automobile accident. We know how to investigate intersection cases and will see to it that the negligent party accepts responsibility for their action and that you receive the fair compensation to which you are entitled.