Intersection Accidents: Expecting the Unexpected
If you have been involved in an unexpected intersection crash, an intersection accident attorney would have the ability to guide you throughout the legal process to determine who was at fault and help you obtain the best outcome and potential compensation.
Intersection accidents often are complicated, it can be difficult to know how is to blame. In most cases, even police officers making reports get it wrong. However, with the proper amount of careful investigation, our attorneys can determine who should be responsible for your damages.
For any help regarding your intersection crash, call The Law Offices of Roberto Hernandez at (801) 590-3275. We will be alert, involved, and meticulous with your case to help you get the compensation that you rightfully deserve.
Facts About Intersection Accidents
An intersection is a junction where two or more roads meet. The more roads that converge at an intersection, the more dangerous it becomes for cars which are crossing each other’s paths.
Even though traffic signs and lights help guide vehicles through intersections, people often are left confused about which vehicle has the right of way, what the speed limit is, and more.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), about 40% of all car accidents happen at intersections. With an average of 6 million car accidents in the U.S. happening throughout a year, we can safely expect almost 2.5 million car accidents occur in an intersection. Thankfully, only 7,000 of those result in fatalities and more than 700,000 accidents result in mild to severe injuries.
Intersection Laws in Utah
The State of Utah has enacted various laws that address driving through intersections and addressing right-of-way in order to clear up any confusion drivers may have during their ventures and to overall make the drive safer. Any Cyclists, drivers, pedestrians, and any other person on the road are to obey these laws in order to avoid an intersection accident.
ROW 41-6a-902 states that when two vehicles approach or enter an intersection from different highways at the same time, the driver to the left should yield right of way to the driver to the right.
RCW 41-6a-903 states that if a driver has been involved in a collision in an intersection or roadway junction, after passing a yield sign without stopping, then that driver is at fault for the accident. The driver’s failure to yield is evidence of their fault.
Types of Intersection Car Accidents
There are various types of intersection accidents that can occur, including:
Unregulated Intersections – Some intersections, likely found in neighborhoods and rural areas, do not have signs or traffic lights. This can cause confusion and lead to an accident.
U-Turns – A vehicle attempts to make a U-turn and ends up colliding with an oncoming vehicle.
Failure to yield – Stop signs or red lights are used to instruct drivers to stop in the road and allow the flow of traffic. When a person fails to stop, they risk colliding with a vehicle that has the right of way.
Turning at an Intersection – When a vehicle is trying to turn right or left at an intersection, they often can cross paths with oncoming traffic, creating potentially dangerous scenarios.
Causes of Intersection Accidents
The common cause of intersection car accidents is due to driver error; however, in some cases, the lack of signs or traffic lights is to blame. Some roads can even have some vegetation that causes visibility issues. Whenever a driver is to blame, the fault is easily determined. However, when another cause plays a factor, other companies, people, or government entities could be at fault as well.
A skilled intersection collision attorney can evaluate the entirety of your case and help you determine who is at fault. If your case goes to court, a jury may be tasked with determining who is at fault. In that case, you will have to present evidence from experts, eyewitnesses, traffic cameras, and any other information you can gather. It is helpful to have an attorney represent you to make sure you are obtaining all the information necessary so that you can get the compensation you deserve for any medical bills and damages of property you may have.