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Intersection Accidents

By Steve Charpentier on April 30, 2013

Auto accidents can happen on highways as well as city streets, and for a variety of reasons. Accidents can be especially bad in intersections. These kinds of accidents cannot be taken for granted since many motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are affected by these sorts of accidents every day.

Our team of Titusville, Cocoa, and Melbourne personal injury attorneys would like to take a few moments right now to go over the basics of intersection accidents so that you understand why these accidents can be so dangerous.

What are intersection accidents?

Broadly, intersection accidents are auto accidents that occur in intersections. These intersections can be ones where traffic lights are used or where only stop and yield signs are present. These kinds of accidents need to be taken seriously, and our Melbourne auto accident attorneys will make sure that your side is well represented in court.

Common Causes of Intersection Accidents

Some of the most common causes of intersection accidents include:

  • Running red lights
  • Disregarding stop signs
  • Failure to yield
  • Not observing the right of way
  • Making unguarded left turns
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Inattentive driving

Other common cause of intersection accidents don't involve driver error. In some cases, stop signs or traffic signals may be poorly posted or obscured, traffic signals may malfunction, and lines on the street could be poorly maintained.

Injuries Experienced During Intersection Accidents

The injuries experienced during intersection accidents can be very severe, particularly if a bicyclist or pedestrian is struck by a vehicle. Some common injuries include:

Avoiding Accidents at Intersections

There are many ways that motorists, pedestrians, and others who share the road can prevent intersection accidents from happening and avoid serious injury. Some good tips to heed include:

  • Look both ways before crossing the street
  • Look both ways before merging or turning into traffic
  • Observe the proper rules of the road
  • Observe the right of way
  • Never speed through intersections to beat lights
  • Be attentive of traffic signals or stop signs
  • Use your turn signals
  • Use hand signals
  • Never drive under the influence
  • Drive defensively
  • Be aware of vehicles and others on the road around you

What You Should Consider Following an Intersection Accident

Because intersection accidents can affect both motorists and others on the road, injuries following these kinds of accidents can be especially debilitating. It is of the utmost importance that you speak with a legal representative to ensure that your rights are fully represented. This is particularly true in cases in which signal malfunctions or sign problems contributed to the intersection accident. In such cases, the city or municipality may be held responsible.

If a loved one has been killed in an intersection accident, our team will help you file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. This will help you receive just compensation for the loss and allow you and your loved ones to achieve peace of mind.

Learn More About Your Legal Options

If you or someone you love has been the victim of another party's negligence, you need legal assistance to fight back. Be sure to contact our Central Florida personal injury lawyers today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you receive just compensation for any injuries sustained and losses experienced.

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