There are many ways and places that drivers can get into an accident, but intersections tend to be one of the most common. In fact, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that 733, 000 injury crashes and 7, 196 fatalities occurred at intersections in 2008 (the most current year for which data is available). The U.S. Department of Transportation also estimated that around 43 percent of all motor vehicle accidents are “intersection-related.” Protect yourself and your family with help from the following tips.
Types of Intersection Accidents
Intersection accidents tend to be rather disarming. In fact, victims rarely ever see the vehicle until after the crash has occurred. Many also experience a sense of disorientation in the first few moments after a collision. Some of the most common types of intersection accidents include:
- Rear-end crashes,
- Side-impact collisions (also known as “T-bone” accidents),
- Sideswipe collisions,
- Collisions between oncoming vehicles,
- Pedestrian accidents, and
- Railroad or level crossing accidents.
Sometimes, these accidents occur because of poorly constructed intersections. However, studies show that the most common causes are related to negligence and recklessness. As such, it is important that victims understand the most common causes of accidents, and their right to pursue fair compensation for any injuries or losses they may experience.
Recklessness and Negligence at Intersections
There are many ways that recklessness and negligence can contribute to an accident at an intersection. An intoxicated driver might run through a stop sign or red light; a teenager might start looking at his or her cell phone while approaching the intersection, thinking it is safe to use; or a driver might tailgate another because they are in a rush to get to work.
Unfortunately, when these types of accidents happen, it is the victim that often pays the most. Pedestrians, who are especially vulnerable in vehicle accidents, may be hit when the drunk driver runs through the intersection. The teenager could miss the red light and cause a collision. The tailgater could be too close to stop if the vehicle in front of them hits their brakes to avoid an animal. In short, these intersection behaviors – whether negligence or recklessness – can greatly impact the lives of others.
When an Intersection Accident Happens to You
If you or someone you love has experienced a crash at an intersection, you may be entitled to compensation for any losses or injuries that were experienced. Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. can examine your case and advise you of your options. Dedicated to your best interests, our Appleton traffic accident lawyers will fight for the full and fair settlement you deserve. Schedule your consultation by calling 920-739-7366 today.