Intersection Car Accident
Intersections—they are everywhere. Drivers stop at red lights, stop signs, crosswalks, and train tracks an unimaginable amount during their lives. They are a piece of our everyday lives that many people do not actively think of. Or at least, people don’t think of them until they are struck in an intersection car collision.
One of the most common types of car accidents (almost half of all accidents) is a collision, where one car strikes another. The most common place for this is, of course, intersections. While intersections are meant to provide a safe way to pedestrians and cross-traffic to flow smoothly, it is also ironically a hotspot for car accidents.
Car accident collisions can be traumatic and can lead to life-changing events. Maybe you walked out of an intersection collision with just a scratch, but more than likely you will be facing whiplash, bruises, broken bones, or worse. Depending on the situation, you may be facing permanent damages to your health and in turn, your career and financial stability.
If you have been in an intersection car accident, it has most likely been caused by a negligent driver. Do not let the actions of a negligent driver leave you struggling. At The Stroud Law Firm, we have seen what a car accident can do to Tennessee and Mississippi residents—you may be left with lost wages and a pile of medical bills to pay.
In 2010, almost 800,000 Americans were involved in intersection car accidents alone. That means that in one single day, 2,000 Americans are being injured by intersection accidents, and one of those may have been you or a loved one.
Work with an experienced car accident attorney to receive the compensation that you deserve after a car accident. The Stroud Law Firm has over a decade of experience working with intersection car accidents, and can provide you with knowledgeable answers and the latest statistics.
Over 75 percent of intersection car accidents are caused by recognition or decision error according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Based on the statistics from Distraction.gov, here is a typical intersection scenario that may apply to you.
Recognition Error Intersection Accident: Accounts for 55.7 percent of intersection accidents
You drive up to an intersection that has a four-way stop sign in Southaven. The intersection is busy, and all four stop signs have a driver waiting to take his or her turn. You wait your turn, and begin to cross the street. All of a sudden, the SUV that just pulled up to a stop sign to your right continues to accelerate and slams on the brakes too late. In the blink of an eye, your passenger side of your car is struck, and you are caught between the airbag and SUV, whose driver wasn’t paying attention.
Recognition error accounts for over half of intersection accidents. Inadequate surveillance is the most common recognition error; drivers are not properly looking at their surroundings before heading through an intersection. It adds up to be almost half of the causation for intersection accidents. Distracting driving, which is texting, talking on the phone, changing the radio station or yelling at your kids in the backseat, fall under recognition error as well.
If you believe your situation falls under a recognition error, you should contact an experienced car accident attorney immediately to file a claim. It is the negligent driver’s responsibility to mend what he or she caused.
Decision Intersection Car Accident: Accounts for 29.2 percent of intersection car accidents
You are driving on Airways Road after seeing a movie with your friends. You are about to drive through an intersection when you see a driver from the opposite way is turning left in front of your car. The (negligent) driver misjudged the gap between the incoming traffic, or decided to try to beat it, and hits your car.
Your vehicle is struck behind the driver seat, and your car swerves onto the side of the road. You may be facing whiplash, bruising, and lacerations.
This is an example of a decision intersection car accident, where the driver made a decision that caused an accident. In this case, they are still negligent and should be held accountable for their actions. Other decision error examples would be driving too fast for road conditions, aggressive driving or false assumption of another driver.
Driver Attributed Errors: Accounts for 11.2 percent of intersection car accidents
While less common, imagine that you were driving on Route 301 on your way to work. While stopped at an intersection, another driver quickly decides to turn, and overcompensates or has poor directional control. The car strikes your vehicle, and you are left dealing with possible medical bills, car body shop fees, and insurance companies. Other driver attributed errors could be falling asleep or becoming ill at the wheel.
Even if you may not think that you have severe injuries, it is always best to get a car accident attorney involved. Some injuries may have long-lasting effects that could affect your day-to-day life.
When you have been injured in an intersection car accident, don’t try to handle it alone. You should fight to receive the needs and benefits that you and your family deserve after an accident.
The Stroud Law Firm represents Mississippi and Memphis residents after intersection car accidents and will stand by your side during the entire case. As intersection car accident attorneys, it is our duty to accumulate all of the evidence involved in your accident and find the critical reason why the accident happened. With the negligent driver responsible, and your needs observed, we can fight for the compensation that you deserve. In some cases, compensation can cover lost wages, medical bills, physical and occupational therapy and time for your pain and suffering.