Welcome to our unique page about intersection accidents. These types of collisions are not uncommon and makeup approximately 40 percent of all motor vehicle accidents nationwide. Generally these are collisions that involve the front bumper of one vehicle colliding with the front quarter panel, rear quarter panel, the front or rear doors of the other vehicle. Here, multiple award winning Michael Ehline, of Ehline Law Firm PC, discusses the various aspects and nuances of these types of personal injury consumer claims.
Common Intersection Injuries
The most vulnerable type of collision is the one that the impact is on the front or rear doors, since there is not a bumper to take any of the impact. This means that the occupants of the vehicle have very little protection when this area of the vehicle is struck, unless the vehicle is one of the models that is equipped with side airbags. Front airbags provide protection when the front quarter panel is struck in an intersection collision, unless they have been designed to not activate when the front bumper is hit. Even at a low impact speed depending on the area of the vehicle that is struck, it can result in serious injuries or even death to drivers and passengers in both vehicles.
Generally in all states it is required for a motorist coming to a stop sign to come to a complete stop. This is a traffic law for several reasons; first it allows the driver to assess traffic at the intersection or heading toward it, secondly it permits the driver to ensure it is safe to continue through. What some drivers may not realize is that coming to a complete stop is only a portion of the law.
Determining Liability and Fault
Driver’s that stop and then pull into oncoming traffic are negligent, which means in the event of an auto accident the driver would typically be considered at fault. This is also true for drivers that do not come to a complete stop at a stop sign and can be held responsible. The driver’s that are entering the intersection from a main thoroughfare are considered to have the right of way first and drivers who are entering from secondary roads are expected to wait.
One of the times when there are intersection collisions, it is due to traffic signals, in which it is not clear who has the green light to proceed through the four way stop. If a motor vehicle collision occurs, each driver will claim they had the green light, giving them the right of way. Verifying this can be difficult, if there were no witnesses and the location does not have a traffic signal department that keeps records of the traffic light information. The other way of finding what driver had the actual green light, is when an skilled car accident lawyer questions drivers carefully it can establish the cycle of the traffic lights at the time the collision occurred. In some cases this can help to prove the plaintiffs claim.
If you suffered an injury at an intersection, and don’t know who to call, contact Ehline Law Firm PC in order to get a free initial phone consultation and find out about ways of getting a large sum of money to pay for all of your malaise and misfortune caused by no fault of your own.