Intersections, which bring multiple roads from different directions together, can get really busy. That’s why it’s no surprise that many car accidents occur there. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 40 percent of car accidents in the U.S. occur at intersections.
As with any accident, injuries of varying severity can occur. The bad news is that car occupants, bicyclists, and pedestrians can be seriously hurt in intersection accidents. The good news is that many of these accidents are preventable. The NHTSA conducted a study that found that 96 percent of collisions occurring at intersections are the result of driver error.
Common Causes of Intersection Accidents
The most common driver errors that cause intersection accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- External distractions
- Speed misjudgment
- Illegal maneuvering
- Turning with an obstructed view
- False assumption of another driver’s actions
Many of these accidents occur when one driver is making a right- or left-hand turn. However, accidents still occur when a car is driving directly through an intersection. These accidents are often caused by:
- Unobserved stops at stop signs
- Unobserved yielding at yield signs
- Ignored traffic signals
- Drivers improperly turning into drivers going straight (“T-bone” crashes)
The impact in intersection accidents usually occurs on the side of the vehicle. This is called a “T-bone” crash. Unfortunately, T-bone accidents often result in some of the most serious injuries because there is less protection on the side of the vehicle than in the front or rear of the vehicle. This therefore generally results in either the driver or passenger receiving direct impact.
Common Injuries Suffered in Intersection Accidents
Common types of injuries suffered in intersection accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries (e.g., sprains, bruises, and cuts)
- Neck injuries
- Back/spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
Intersection accidents can cause significant damage to your vehicle and serious injuries to your person. These accidents can have a big financial impact as you struggle to pay all associated bills. If an intersection accident occurred due to the negligence or recklessness of another person, you may be entitled to compensation.
Bradford Law Fights for Those in Charlotte Who Have Been Injured in an Intersection Accident
Injuries from an intersection accident can have a significant impact on your life. If you have suffered injuries as the result of an intersection incident, you may be entitled to compensation. While no money can undo what has transpired, compensation can help you to move forward with your life.
At Bradford Law, we understand the lasting impact a car accident can have on you. We will work tirelessly to help you receive meaningful compensation and move in the direction of recovery. We have comprehensive knowledge of the applicable laws and will put those laws to work for you. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!