Were You Involved in an Intersection Accident?
The risk of an auto accident is increased when multiple vehicles converge at a busy intersection. It only takes one mistake by one of the drivers and a serious accident is a very high possibility. With vehicles so close in proximity, it’s easy to see why so many accidents occur at intersections. The National Highway Traffic Safety Institute claims that nearly 39% of all crashes take place at intersections. Another test conducted by the University of Kentucky found that 35% of all car crashes take place at intersections.
Regardless of the dangers of intersections, there is no excuse for driving negligently and causing serious injuries to innocent victims. Drivers that cause an accident because they simply didn’t follow the rules of the road need to held accountable. If you injuries occurred because the negligence of someone else, you can sue the responsible driver to pay for your medical bills, wage loss, attendant care, and other expenses related to the accident.
What Are The Most Common Ways Intersection Accidents Occur?
While just about any intersection can be dangerous, some intersections are much more “high-risk” than others. More accidents tend to occur on busy intersections near urban areas where people are driving in a hurry and are most likely driving more aggressively. It only makes sense that high traffic areas report more auto accidents.
Most intersection accidents are caused by poor driving. Here is a list of common causes to intersection accidents because of driver error:
Poor Observation – In nearly 45% of intersection accidents caused by driver negligence, the driver failed to look and observe current traffic in the intersection.
Turns w/o Clear View – These type of accidents simply because a driver turns into traffic without having a clear view. This is obviously very dangerous and is this form of crash is typical when in a hurry.
Traffic Violations – Many accidents happen at intersections simply because one driver has committed an illegal act which could include failing to stop at a sign, merging lanes illegally, or making an illegal turn.
Guessing Wrong – The amount of decisions a driver needs to make is increased at intersections. If you anticipate what the other driver is going to do and it turns out to be incorrect, an accident is a very likely scenario.
Distracted Driving – Distracted driving is becoming a much bigger problem with the increase of technology available to drivers. Global positioning systems, smartphones, DVD players, etc. are the root cause of thousands of auto accidents every year. A driver is responsible to stay focused, alert, and free of distractions while driving.
Getting Legal Help Following Your Michigan Intersection Accident
If your injuries resulting from an intersection were caused by negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation for any injuries and/or damages that happened as a result. Your own Michigan auto insurance should pay for your “no fault benefits”, but you will have to sue the other driver if you want to collect pain and suffering damages also known as third party benefits in Michigan.
If you successfully win your case, you can receive financial compensation for the following:
- Damages to property
- No Fault Benefits
- Third Party Benefits
- Wrongful Death (Loss of Companionship)
Contact Our Lansing Intersection Accident Attorneys Today
The rules of the road are put in place to make us safer and that includes intersections. If another driver fails to obey the law or otherwise negligently injures another innocent driver, they need to be held responsible for their actions. Our intersection accident lawyers at The Clark Law Office can help you following your unfortunate crash. We can help you receive fair compensation for you and your loved ones. Call us today at (517) 347-6900 for a free consultation regarding your case. No fee Unless You Win.