It’s no secret as to why “more than 50 percent of the combined total of fatal and injury crashes occur at or near intersections [Source: U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration]. The fact is, you have cars traveling in multiple directions at once, vehicles turning left and right, and pedestrians attempting to cross the road in the midst of all the busyness. With so much going on coupled with drivers who are in a rush and/or distracted, these areas are prone to having accidents occur in them. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2017, 401 people were killed in crashes involving an intersection or were intersection related.
Now, despite how busy an intersection might be, motorists are expected to abide by all roadway rules to prevent a collision from occurring. When a driver chooses to disregard the laws and engage in unlawful behavior which contributes to causing a wreck, they are to be held accountable for their actions. One way a motorist, pedestrian, or even bicyclist can hold a driver liable when they fail to comply with the roadway rules is to file suit against them. Attorneys often refer to these types of lawsuits as personal injury suits or civil lawsuits. If you would like to learn more about filing a personal injury lawsuit in Canton, GA, contact Imbriale Injury Law today to speak with a reputable Canton, GA accident lawyer.
What factors contribute to intersection auto accidents?
Some factors that are known to increase the likelihood of an accident occurring at an intersection and may even be the reason why you or a loved one were involved in one include:
- A lack of traffic control devices. Although some of the busiest intersections are controlled by traffic signals, others only have stop signs or signs for drivers heading in one direction. The issue with stop signs is that many motorists tend to ignore them and speed right through putting those traveling the opposite way at risk of crashing into them.
- Drivers who are not paying attention and veer into the wrong lane. Head-on accidents are one common type of wreck that transpire at intersections and they often occur because one driver simply wasn’t paying attention to the road or the lane they should have been traveling in.
- Drivers who are distracted and fail to stop at a traffic light. Aside from motorists ignoring stop signs, many will disregard a red light they see or attempt to speed through a yellow light only putting themselves and those around them at risk of an accident.
If you were involved in an auto accident at an intersection, you need to retain a GA accident lawyer today.
In the event you or a member of your family were involved in an accident that occurred at an intersection in Canton, GA, and you would like a legal professional to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation your property damage and/or injuries entitle you to collect, don’t wait to contact Imbriale Injury Law. Although you might be thinking that you may be able to recover money from the other driver’s insurer, it may not be enough to compensate for all the damage the motorist has caused. Therefore, to be sure all your damage and/or injuries are assessed properly and that you receive a fair amount for your losses, connect with a lawyer who will put your interests first.
You can reach Imbriale Injury Law at:
145 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 200
Woodstock, GA 30188