Millions of intersection accidents happen each year in the United States. Changing speeds, dealing with traffic moving in multiple directions, and distractions in your own car could lead to an accident at an intersection. On this page, I talk more about this type of accident, common injuries that might be sustained, and how you can get help if someone else is at-fault for the accident.
Common Issues With Intersections
Intersection accidents are one of the most common forms of car accident in the United States. Many of these accidents occur when someone is trying to make a left-hand turn, since there are multiple directions of traffic to check in a short amount of time, or when someone is running a red light. Unfortunately, intersection car accidents can have serious consequences. Many of these accidents are considered serious collisions, and some of them are even fatal.
Common driver mistakes that could lead to a car accident at an intersection include:
- Not paying attention to the road (looking at a cell phone, talking to someone in the vehicle, etc.)
- Assuming that another driver is going to do something when they actually are not. For example, let’s say that there are two cars stopped in the left-hand lane waiting to make a left turn. The driver in the second car sees the driver in front move forward a little, and they think that that driver is going to make the turn. Anticipating more space to move ahead and also turn, the driver in back hits the gas and moves forward. But, the driver in front changes their mind and decides there is not enough room to turn yet so they stop. This could result in a rear-end collision.
- Trying to make a turn when their view is obstructed by people, cars, etc.
- Making an illegal maneuver with the vehicle (such as running a red light).
- Misjudging the distance between other cars or the speed that another car is traveling at.
- Distracted driving.
- Not paying attention to traffic signals.
- Not following proper etiquette at stop signs.
- Not properly following yield signs.
- Speeding or driving aggressively.
Common Accidents Sustained During Intersection Accidents
In many situations, car accidents that occur at intersections are side impact collisions, also known as “T-bone” collisions. This might happen if one car is trying to make a turn and extends into oncoming traffic, or if someone is running a red light. Unfortunately, these kind of accidents can result in very serious injuries because the force is coming from the side of the vehicle where there is less protection than the front or the back of the vehicle. A few common injuries in these situations include:
- Traumatic brain injury.
- Spine and back injury.
- Neck injury.
- Broken bones.
- Soft tissue injuries such as bruises, cuts, sprains, etc.
If you have been injured in an intersection car accident and you think that someone else is responsible for damage to your vehicle or your injuries, contact our office. We can review your situation and determine if you have a case. If you do, we are happy to fight for you and help you recover the compensation that you deserve. Contact our office to learn more.