You are more likely to be hurt badly when you approach or cross an intersection than just about anywhere else on the roads. Auto accidents of any type can be hard to deal with. It’s not just the injuries and getting suitable treatment, but it can prove very costly, too.
Who pays your bills if you are hit by a reckless or drunk driver at an intersection? You may be able to claim compensation if you are able to prove that you were not at fault.
This isn’t easy to do all by yourself and most successful personal injury claims depend on the legal advice and the help you can get from an experienced personal injury attorney.
Auto Accidents at an Intersection
Auto accidents are common at intersections, even if they don’t seem to be busy. Some drivers think they can take chances and run a red light or charge through without stopping at a stop sign. It’s not just motorists who get hit, either.
Intersections are common places for pedestrian or bicycle accidents as well. Most accidents happen because one driver at least has failed to obey the relevant rules at the intersection.
The most common accidents include:
- side impact or t-bone accidents, usually when one driver has failed to yield or stop;
- head on collisions when a vehicle turns without waiting for oncoming traffic;
- pedestrians hit as a vehicle turns and fails to stop at a crosswalk
- bicyclists or motorcyclists hit as a large vehicle with limited visibility turns.
Intersection Auto Accidents: Who’s at Fault?
It is usually fairly obvious who is at fault at an intersection. The rules are straightforward. Stop at traffic lights on red; stop at a stop sign; obey the slightly more complicated yet sensible rules at an uncontrolled intersection; give way to pedestrians when making a turn at an intersection.
The driver who fails to observe any of the above rules and causes an accident will be the person at fault.
Usually, if there is an official investigation into the crash and then a police report, it will become clear which vehicle driver was to blame, but not every intersection accident is so straightforward.
If two drivers both fail to obey the intersection rules, whatever they are (e.g. two vehicles both proceed against red lights) then both may share some of the blame.
If one of the drivers is driving above the speed limit or behaves recklessly in any other way then this may also be a factor to take into consideration, even if the other driver was the main person at fault.
Winnning Compensation For Your Injuries
Winning a compensation claim may make all the difference to you and your family if you have been badly injured at an intersection.
Don’t lose your chance of rightful compensation by neglecting to use an experienced personal injury attorney.