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Intersection Accident

intersectionDon’t leave your intersection accident case up to he said / she said. Long Island car accident attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye PLLC assist in the collection and examination of all the evidence from intersection accidents, including: police reports, eyewitness accounts, photographs, insurance claims, medical records, official weather reports, roadway accident history and expert testimony.

We build irrefutable, substantiated cases that assure maximum compensation for injuries. Plaintiffs pay nothing unless we choose to represent the claim — and win!

Anyone who has been injured in an automobile accident over the past three years can call 800-469-7429 to schedule an appointment or obtain more information on our legal counsel.

Intersection accident: who’s at fault?

Intersection accidents are a complex area of our practice because these collisions are rarely straightforward. We must consider the plethora of laws pertaining to who has the right of way in a particular situation.

Here are a few points to consider:

  • Usually if cars are coming from the left or right and you’re running through a red light, you would be at fault, even if the other vehicle struck you. However, this may not be true if you had previously entered the intersection while the light was green or yellow with the intention of making a left-hand turn.
  • Intersections without traffic signals typically give whoever arrives at the crossing first the right of way. This rule also applies to plazas, major intersections with lights that aren’t working, and neighborhood side streets. If the vehicles arrive at virtually the same time, then the vehicle to the right has the right of way – unless they are turning left.
  • In the State of New York, we regard comparative fault as law of the land — meaning that even drivers who are deemed partially at fault can still collect compensation. The jury award or settlement offer will include a reduction for the percentage the plaintiff is deemed at fault.
  • Drivers aren’t always deemed at fault. Sometimes a municipality can be at fault if a traffic control device is not installed or properly maintained to ensure safe travel.

Intersection accident statistics

Inadequate surveillance is the top cause of intersection collisions – a factor in over 44% of these accidents. Other common reasons for intersection crashes included: driver error (13.7%), false assumption of the other driver’s actions (8.4%), turning with an obstructed view (7.8%), illegal maneuvers (6.8%), and misjudgment of the other vehicle’s speed (5%). Unlike other types of automobile crashes, the vast majority of intersection collisions (78.6%) occur during fair weather.

Another relevant factor in these crashes are the type of traffic control:

  • 5% of intersection-related crashes were traveling on roadways controlled by a traffic signal.
  • 3% of intersection-related crashes were traveling on roadways controlled by a stop sign.
  • 9% of intersection-related crashes were traveling on roadways with no traffic control device.

The oldest and youngest drivers are most at risk for intersection accidents:

  • 53.9% of intersection crashes involved elderly drivers over age 65.
  • Roughly a third of intersection crashes involve teenager drivers.

What percent of collisions happen at intersections?

According to the US Department of Transportation and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials:

  • 43% of all motor vehicle crashes occur at intersection.
  • More than 50% of urban crashes occur at intersections.
  • Over 30% of rural crashes occur at intersections.

According to the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Study, prior to an accident:

  • 2% of vehicles were making a left at an intersection.
  • 6% of vehicles were driving through an intersection.
  • 2% of vehicles were making a right at an intersection.

Intersection safety

The most important thing to remember with regard to intersection safety is this: Make NO assumptions about other drivers – that they see you, will stop, or will yield the right of way. Always drive cautiously and defensively, anticipating that other drivers on the road will do the wrong thing, so you are not caught off-guard by motorists making risky maneuvers through an intersection. 

The best way to avoid accidents at intersections is to:

  • Avoid making sudden lane changes just before coming to an intersection or while passing through one.
  • Check for other vehicles twice before proceeding through an intersection.
  • Look for pedestrians and cyclists before proceeding to turn through an intersection.
  • Watch for cars rushing through the intersection as the light is turning red.
  • Leave nothing to chance: be sure you can see your surroundings.
  • Minimize distractions (such as cell phones, the radio, or noise from passengers) in your own vehicle.
  • Wait a second after the light turns green, looking both ways before proceeding through an intersection.
  • Begin braking well in advance of an intersection if it is snowing or raining.

Intersection crash lawyers Long Island

We have the experience, wisdom and compassion you need to endure this difficult time in life. Though our lawyers handle every type of personal injury case, motor vehicle accident claims are one of our areas of expertise. Plaintiffs in crashes occurring in intersections may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and earning capacity, disability-related costs, emotional damage, loss of enjoyment in life, funeral expenses, and more.

While we cannot guarantee a particular outcome, plaintiffs we have represented in car accident lawsuits have won claims ranging from $325,000 for a spinal cord injury to more than $900,000 for multiple fractures requiring surgery. Call 800-469-7429 to begin exploring your legal options.

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