Accidents That Occur At Intersections
Intersection accidents are among the most common types of accidents. There are many different reasons why these accidents occur. They remain a serious traffic safety issue as many traffic accidents of this type lead to serious injuries, and some result in fatalities.
All types of road users can be involved in collisions that occur at these junctions. In addition to drivers of passenger vehicles, truck drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians can be a party in these accidents.
Reasons For Intersection Accidents
Among the primary reasons for crashes include:
When a driver runs through a red light
When a driver runs through a red light, all road users at the intersection can be placed in jeopardy. Running a red light continues to be a common occurrence. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, deaths caused by red light running has recently hit a 10-year high. Further discussion of this traffic safety problem can be seen on the “Red Light Running Accidents Involving Injuries And Fatalities” page.
If a driver disregards a traffic control device and enters the intersection, any subsequent crash has the potential to cause serious injuries. These crashes often occur at higher speeds, and the resulting type of crash is often highly physically traumatic to vehicle occupants. Among the most common type of crash is the ‘t-bone collision’ in which the front of one vehicle hits the side of another vehicle.
When a vehicle hits the vehicle in front of it
When a vehicle hits the vehicle in front of it (i.e. one vehicle “rear ends” another vehicle) a range of injuries can occur. Many factors determine the type and severity of injuries. A vehicle may get “rear ended” for many different types of reasons…perhaps the most common reasons is that the driver in the rearward vehicle is distracted, or the driver is traveling too fast to stop in time before hitting the vehicle in front of it. Some of these accidents result in fatalities. However, often the driver of the forward vehicle will either be unharmed or will suffer non-life-threatening injuries. Among the most common types of injury that results is “whiplash.”
Collisions involving turning vehicles
There are many types of collisions that can occur at intersections as vehicles attempt turns. When a vehicle attempts to make a left-hand turn and the driver fails to yield to oncoming traffic, a collision can occur. One of the most common – and most severe – types of motorcycle collisions occur when a vehicle attempting to make a left-hand turn immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle collides with the motorcycle. This type of crash often occurs because the driver “fails to see” the motorcycle.
Other intersection crashes involve vehicles hitting bicyclists. Two main types of these crashes are “right hook” and “left hook” accidents. In a “right hook” accident, a bicyclist who is riding straight is hit by a vehicle that is attempting to turn right at the intersection. This turning vehicle is either in front of the bicyclist or next to the bicyclist at the time of the collision. In these incidents, the driver usually either does not see the bicyclist before making the turn, or misjudges where the bicycle is relative to the vehicle.
In a “left hook” accident, a bicyclist who is riding straight through the intersection is hit by a vehicle making a left-hand turn from the opposite direction. Often, this collisions occurs because the driver of the turning vehicle fails to see the bicyclist.
Various types of pedestrian accidents occur at intersections. One of the most common types of accident is when a person attempts to cross the street “against the light” and is hit by traffic. Other types of pedestrian crashes occur when the walker is walking lawfully in a crosswalk “with the light.” While walking in a crosswalk with the light is supposed to provide safe passage for a pedestrian, there have been many Chicago-area accidents in which a motorist hits a person in the crosswalk. Many of these crosswalk accidents have resulted in serious injuries, and some have resulted in fatalities.
What To Do If Injured In A Vehicle Accident
There are many steps one should immediately take if injured during a vehicle accident. These steps include protecting both one’s health as well as legal issues, including the ability to collect injury compensation if the person was hurt due to the negligence of another person.
If a person is hurt during a vehicle accident, the person should get a thorough medical examination as soon as possible. This medical examination is typically performed in the hospital emergency room (ER). There are many reasons, both medical and legal, as to why this medical examination is needed. Among those reasons is that this examination can identify all injuries, including those that may not be readily apparent to the injured person. Various serious injuries can have symptoms that may not manifest for some time after the accident. Among these serious injuries are head injuries and internal bleeding. Depending upon the type and severity of these injuries, if they remain untreated they may have the potential to lead to life-threatening medical conditions.
Other steps to take as soon as possible after the accident is to contact a personal injury lawyer. This lawyer can provide guidance as to what steps to take to maximize the amount of possible injury compensation. Injury compensation can be a very important issue, as the injuries may cause various hardships including significant, if not substantial, medical bills. In addition to medical bills, there may be lost income due to time off of work to recover from the accident injuries. A personal injury lawsuit is typically filed in order to get the maximum amount of injury compensation. This personal injury lawsuit can seek various types of compensation. These compensation types can include that for medical costs, loss of income, pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, loss of consortium, ambulance charges, and other hardships.
In incidents in which the accident injuries are fatal, relevant parties can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the person who was killed.
Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Joseph Law Group, offers a free initial legal consultation for those who have been injured due to the fault of another person. He can be reached at any time at (773) 392-8182, or at [email protected]
The Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC has been handling Illinois personal injury lawsuits for over 25 years. The firm also handles wrongful death lawsuits.
During this 25+ years, the firm has won many notable settlements and court awards for its clients. As well, the lawyers have been granted prestigious designations and awards. These settlements, court verdicts and awards are discussed on the “Lawsuit Results And Illinois Court Trial Capabilities” page.
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