It’s estimated that about 40% of all car accidents occur at intersections, despite recent pushes to improve traffic controls. Sideswipes and T-bone collisions are a risk at any intersection—whether it’s a simple convergence of two roads or a more complex multi-road junction. These crashes can also involve more than just motorists. Studies have shown that the majority of pedestrians or bicyclists injured in auto accidents are hurt in intersection accidents.
Causes of Intersection Accidents
Intersection accidents can be attributed to a number of different factors. These include:
- Running a red light
- Following too closely
- Failing to yield the right of way as required by law
- Speeding or driving too fast for weather conditions
- Misjudging car speed or gaps in traffic when turning left
- Mistakenly assuming another driver’s actions when turning right
- Turning with an obstructed view
- Distracted driving, especially when the intersection is controlled by stop signs or traffic lights
- Aggressive driving, especially when traveling on very busy roads
- Drunk or drugged driving
Although teenagers are often viewed as having the highest risk of traffic accidents, it is actually motorists over age 65 who are most likely to be involved in intersection accidents. Intersections are likely to be confusing for drivers who have slower reaction times, impaired vision, and/or symptoms of cognitive decline.
In some cases, multiple drivers may be partially at fault for an accident. For example, one driver may have been speeding and another may have run a red light.
If you are determined to be partially at fault for an intersection accident, you are still entitled to seek compensation from the other driver. However, your settlement will be proportionately reduced to account for your own financial liability for your injuries.
Injuries Associated With Intersection Accidents
The type of injuries associated with an intersection accident depend on factors such as the speed of each vehicle, the angle of impact, and whether the occupants were wearing their seatbelts. In some cases, victims may only have minor lacerations and soft tissue injuries. However, internal bleeding, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, and other serious injuries are a real possibility.
Whenever you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s vital that you seek prompt medical attention and follow your care provider’s instructions exactly. Some injuries have symptoms that may not appear immediately, so you could still be seriously hurt even if you are feeling only minimal discomfort. Additionally, a delay in seeking medical treatment or a failure to follow a doctor’s instructions can lead the other driver’s insurance company to argue that your injuries are not as serious as you claim.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
If you’ve been injured in an intersection accident as a motorist, passenger, pedestrian, or bicyclist, you are entitled to compensation for the harm you have suffered. This includes:
- Medical expenses such as hospital stays, physical therapy, and pain medication
- Future medical needs associated with an accident-related disability
- Lost wages from the time you were recovering from your injuries
- Loss of future earning potential related to a permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Associated property damage
Louisiana’s statute of limitations gives you one year from the date of the accident to file your personal injury claim. However, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Valuable evidence can become more difficult to locate as time passes.
Neblett, Beard & Arsenault’s legal team can help you resolve your claim by:
- Establishing liability
- Negotiating a lower percentage of fault if you are found partially responsible for the accident
- Documenting the extent of your injuries
- Finding experts to establish future medical needs and/or loss of earning potential
- Assessing the value of your claim based on your total damages and the circumstances of the case
- Working to ensure you receive the highest possible compensation
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