Determining Fault in Intersectional Accident Claims
The traffic light in front of you turns green, and you proceed into the intersection. Without warning, another driver pulls into the intersection and T-Bones you. Intersectional accidents like this can result in horrific injuries.
Not only is your vehicle out of commission, but you can’t work and are dealing with doctors and trying to recover from your injuries. Now you are injured and without a vehicle. It’s time to call a lawyer with experience in intersectional accident claims to see if you can recover damages for your injuries and expenses.
Collisions at intersections account for more than 40% of all accidents. Those hit may find themselves with serious injuries, property damage, and emotional distress. Determining fault requires a thorough examination of the evidence – usually with an experienced investigator. Your lawyer will help you get to the bottom of this and fight for your right to compensation.
Causes of Intersectional Accidents
Some of the most common causes of intersectional accidents include:
- Failure to stop at a red light or stop sign, or failure to yield to right-of-way traffic.
- Not paying attention to other drivers on the road.
- Misjudgment of speed and space when turning into oncoming traffic.
- Distracted driving, including operating a cell phone, texting, and talking with other passengers.
- Making an illegal maneuver.
No matter the cause of the accident, the driver who made the poor decision is ultimately at fault. If you suffered injuries or property loss, you have the right to seek compensation for your damages.
Dangers of Intersectional Accidents
Drivers, passengers, and pedestrians are all at risk of being injured. Some of the most commonly reported injuries include:
The Role of a Personal Injury Attorney
Even when you had the right of way, the other party often will deny being at fault. Your attorney will often have an in-house investigator who will investigate and gather all the evidence surrounding the collision. The evidence the investigator and your attorney will gather includes:
- Police Reports - If you are involved in an accident, call the police to ensure that a report is made at the scene. This statement may help prove who is at fault in your case.
- Photographs - Make sure to snap a few photos of the accident scene. These photographs will make it easier to determine how the accident occurred and the road conditions at the time.
- Eye-witness Statements - Hearing the testimony of an eye-witness may help determine fault.
The investigator will question all the drivers involved as well as any witnesses to help recreate the scene of the accident. Road records, including traffic cameras or traffic light sequences, may be used to help determine responsibility. The goal is to make sure you have supporting evidence to prove that you are entitled to compensation.