Intersection Accidents – Causes & Liability

Roughly 40 percent of all traffic accidents in 2008 occurred at intersections, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Why are intersections such hotspots for accidents? “Crashes often occur at intersections because these are the locations where two or more roads cross each other and activities such as turning left, crossing over, and turning right have the potential for conflicts resulting in crashes,” the NHTSA states.

Causes of Intersection Accidents

The NHTSA reviewed 787,236 intersection-related crashes that occurred in 2008 to garner insight into the causes and contributing factors associated with these types of accidents. Below are the most commonly cited reasons the agency discovered were behind intersection accidents, along with their respective rate of occurrence.

  • Inadequate surveillance (44.1 percent)
  • False assumption of another’s actions (8.4 percent)
  • Turned with obstructed view (7.8 percent)
  • Illegal maneuver (6.8 percent)
  • Internal distraction (5.7 percent)
  • Misjudgment of gap or other’s speed (5.5 percent)

Filing a Claim after a Serious Intersection Accident

When it comes to intersection accidents, there is usually a driver who is in some way at fault. In fact, the NHTSA found that 96 percent of these types of accidents cite some form of driver-related issue as the cause. When a driver acts negligently or makes a careless mistake that causes others harm, the victims can hold the driver responsible by filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim or lawsuit.

Fatalities and serious injuries are not uncommon in intersection accidents, so the damages in these claims can be substantial. Damages include losses such as medical bills, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, mental anguish, disability, lost wages, loss of benefits, and funeral expenses.

All types of road users may qualify to file a suit when they suffer serious or grave harm at intersections, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and drivers. Injured victims (or their families if they are incapacitated or deceased) should speak to a local accident attorney for help with their claim and to begin taking legal action. A lawyer will help gather the evidence necessary to prove your case, and then ensure that the insurer or courts are informed of the full extent of your damages so you can recover appropriate compensation.

Need an attorney in California? Consider Hiden Rott & Oertle, LLP

Victims represented by an attorney may fare better in personal injury and wrongful death cases than those who file on their own (pro se). If you or your loved one were recently in a serious intersection accident in California, consider Hiden Rott & Oertle, LLP as your go-to firm. There are numerous reasons why our attorneys can be an asset to your case.

  • We have an excellent, seasoned team of attorneys and support staff.
  • When we take on a case, we make sure to give it the time, attention, and effort it deserves.
  • We have built an arsenal of resources, tools, and strategies that serve our clients well.
  • Our team knows California’s personal injury and wrongful death codes inside and out. We explain any confusing legal issues with our clients and ensure they are never in the dark about their case.
  • We have successfully handled numerous intersection accidents, winning large settlements for our clients.
  • We have both negotiation and litigation skills, using each when appropriate to maximize our clients’ restitution.
  • We work on a contingency basis. This means we won’t charge you unless we win your case. In other words, you needn’t worry about paying legal fees; you have nothing to lose when you retain us.

To speak to one of our attorneys that handle intersection accidents in California, contact our office at 619-296-5884 and schedule a free consultation.