To different people, an intersection can mean different things. You need to understand the definition of an intersection according to law. In most states, an intersection is considered to start at either a crosswalk or at the painted stop line. In some states, it is an invisible line reaching from a curb’s extension.
The actual legal definition of intersection might vary slightly from one state to another. However, in any interpretation it involves the junction of two highways, two roadways or streets, or a driveway and road. While sometimes an intersection is marked by lines, at other times is not.
Proceeding at an Intersection
Sometimes intersections are marked with traffic lights that will tell you when it is safe to proceed. In this case, you will wait for a green light before you move on. In other cases, there might be a stop sign or a yield sign.
Some intersections are four way stops where each driver must wait for his or her turn when he or she has right-of-way and it is safe to proceed. It is imperative to approach an intersection with caution and to not proceed until it is safe to do so. Often, car crashes happen at intersections.
What to do After an Intersection Accident
If you have been in an accident at an intersection, you need to stay on the scene of the crash. Take photos of the crash using your smartphone if possible. Take photos of any damages as well.
Make sure the police complete an accident report and get a copy of the report. Exchange insurance information and contact details with the other driver. Ask any eyewitnesses to provide written statements and include their names and contact details for future reference.
Seek medical care and keep copies of medical records and medical bills. Maintain documentation of your lost wages and missed work. Document any activities or events you would normally attend or participate in that were affected by your injuries. Get written estimates from a qualified repair technician regarding the repair of your vehicle. Consult with a personal injury attorney right away.
How Negligence Comes into Play
If you have been involved in an accident at an intersection, determining fault or negligence impacts the liability for damages. As an example, determining who had right-of-way, if a stop sign or red light were ran, and if a driver was distracted will impact the personal injury claim.
There are four elements of negligence. The first element is duty, which ever driver must act with a certain duty or responsibility, which means they must use caution to protect others. If that duty is breached, then the second element has been met. In this case, it could be running a stop sign or red light. Next, you would need to show that breach caused a problem, which in this case was a traffic crash at the intersection. Then last, you need to show that crash resulted in your damages.
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