Intersection accidents are among the most common accidents on the road today. These types of collisions make up about 40% of all vehicle accidents on the road each year. These generally involve the front bumper of the vehicle colliding with the front or rear quarter panel, or the front or rear doors of the other vehicle. When faced with such an occurrence, contact the award winning attorneys at Ehline law for how to deal with these situation and other personal injury claims.
Common Intersection Injuries
In these types of accidents, the most vulnerable type is the impact on the front or rear doors, due to the fact that there is no bumper to take the force of the impact. This means that the car’s occupants have little protection unless the car has side airbags. These provide protection when the front quarter panel is hit unless they have been designed to not deploy when the front bumper is hit. Even at low impact speed, there are many cases of severe injury caused by these types of accidents.
Motorists are required to come to a full stop at a stop sign. This is in place for several reasons– including allowing drivers to assess traffic at or near the intersection and to allow drivers to see that it is safe to continue through. However, coming to a stop is only a part of the law.
Determining Liability and Fault
Drivers that stop and pull out into oncoming traffic are negligent– meaning that they would typically be at fault in case of an accident. This is also true in cases when drivers do not come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Drivers entering the intersection at a main thoroughfare have the right of way first and those coming from secondary roads are expected to wait.
Many intersection collisions are due to traffic signals, including signs and lights. Sometimes this happens then it is not clear who has a green light or who should have the right of way. This can be hard to determine, as each could claim the green light, especially if the location does not have a record of when the light is triggered. This is where a skilled accident attorney can help compile the evidence to show who is at fault.
If you or a loved one has faced an injury at an intersection, call an experienced attorney at the Ehline Law Firm PC for a free phone consultation and to know your legal rights. It’s a long route to recovery– you don’t have to travel it alone.