Intersection Accidents Can Be Very Dangerous
Vehicle accidents happen every day. Some of them are minor, while others result in serious injuries and damages. Some of the worst accidents occur in intersections. Intersection accidents can be quite severe because vehicles may collide from different directions. This makes the crash very dangerous to drivers and passengers, as well as to pedestrians.
Types of Accidents at Intersections
Accidents can happen at intersections in various ways. One of the most common, and most dangerous, is when one vehicle goes through a red light. The vehicle is often traveling quickly, and hits another car directly in the side. This type of crash is known as a t-bone. Another accident that occurs at intersections happens when one vehicle turns in front of another. The oncoming car does not have time to see the other car, so the accident can be particularly perilous.
Injuries Caused by Intersection Accidents
Injuries that occur at intersections can be very serious. Front and side airbags are often very helpful in protecting passengers; however, they don’t prevent all injuries. When vehicles collide at a high rate of speed, the cars can be extremely damaged. Sometimes the occupants need to be extricated from their vehicles with the Jaws of Life. Injuries include head and neck trauma, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, lacerations, contusions, and internal injuries.
Negligence in Intersection Crashes
After an accident, the cause of the crash must be determined. The police will examine the accident scene, interview witnesses, and view video footage if available. The reason for the accident will be established, along with the assignment of fault to one or more driver. The responsible party is negligent if they knew, or should have known, that something they did could cause a serious accident and injuries.
Witnesses May Assist with Intersection Accidents
Witnesses can be instrumental in determining who was at fault in an accident that occurs in an intersection. Sometimes both drivers indicate that they had a green light. Obviously, this is not possible. A witness may have seen the state of the traffic signal at the precise time the crash happened. Additionally, a camera may also be located nearby, which may show the accident as it occurred.
Seeking Legal Action after a Serious Crash
When you were injured in a serious intersection accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The law generally requires you to file a claim within two years. It is best to speak to a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the incident. Contact the legal team at Udall Shumway PLC for a consultation to discuss the details of your case.
This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding Intersection Accidents, or any other personal injury, please feel free to contact Brian T. Allen at 480.461.5335, log on to udallshumway.com, or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full-service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.