Considered one of the most dangerous locations in road, intersections are where many car accidents occur. Harrison Barnes, LLP can represent all victims who are seriously injured in different types of accidents happening in intersections. These include pedestrian, truck, car, and motorcycle intersection accidents.
Driver negligence results in a lot of different accidents that happen at intersections. This may include cutting across different traffic lanes when drivers want to make a sudden turn, using a GPS device, drinking and driving, using the radio, not paying attention, suddenly changing lanes in the middle of the road, speeding, distraction caused by mobile phones and not strictly following traffic signs.
Unfortunately, even defensive and extra careful drivers are not excused with these kinds of accidents because of some intersection designs and as well as the poor maintenance of these intersections. Not strictly following signs, views that have been hindered and damaged traffic lights are some of the reasons why accidents at intersections sometimes cause fatalities and not just injuries. For everyone’s benefit and advantage, strict guidelines should be met in making or designing intersections in terms of considering travel and transportation, destinations, safety for pedestrians and the capacity of the road.
Engineers should take into account various factors in making and designing an intersection. These factors include the maximum number of vehicles, pedestrians that use the intersections, bicycles, traffic operating speed, direction of the road, longest possible walk time for every pedestrian to cross, and the biggest vehicle that will use the intersection. Highway intersections are usually 4 ways, but some complicated intersections can be up to 6 ways. Engineers designing the intersection should also consider the problems such as seeing in the dark and many other risk factors that put pedestrians at risk.
The people that designed and maintained the intersection, municipality, country or the state are held responsible for any accident at an intersection that causes death and injuries among citizens.
Neglecting the presence of foot traffic in a crosswalk causes pedestrians to be at high risk of accidents because drivers are only focused on cars or other vehicles when they are turning. The young ones are usually hard to see clearly, especially when they run before their parents when crossing an intersection. The elderly can also be victims because they take more time to walk and cross the highway and drivers sometimes don’t notice them, especially when the drivers are in a hurry.
Fatal injuries and even deaths among pedestrians often result from accidents in traffic intersections. Side-swipe, side-impact or t-bone collisions are each another common type of intersection accident. A passenger or any vehicle occupant may suffer from fatal injuries if a car is not equipped with an airbag in its side. Sometimes a vehicle can easily overturn in collisions when it is hit on the side. This situation usually involves SUV and trucks. Fatal injuries may be received as a result of the accident. This includes concussions and injuries related to the brain, bones, burns and spinal cord.
It is essential that a victim be receiving full payment for injuries gained after an accident. This includes all expenses related to health, personal damages, suffering and pain. Before any victims accept a settlement from concerned parties like a company of insurance, the victim should protect oneself by talking and asking for assistance from intersection accident lawyers to get their opinion about the case. Accidents vary and are unique with other accidents because of the different factors and reasons involved. If you want to know about your rights following an accident, contact Harrison Barnes, LLP for a free consultation.
We serve clients all of Southern California including Pasadena, Century City, and all of Los Angeles. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident and need legal advice, call our office at (310) 598-1719 today.