Car Accidents at Intersections

By Michael London on April 26, 2019

Left turn lanes at a busy intersectionThere are almost 1,100 deaths from auto accidents in an average year in the state of New York. Many of these collisions could have been prevented. Numbers like these are why New York, NY attorneys Gary J. Douglas and Michael A. London take auto collision lawsuits so seriously. Car accidents can cause fatalities and catastrophic injuries; negligent parties who cause these crashes must be held accountable.

Annually, millions of crashes occur in intersections across the country. The law firm of Douglas & London would like to consider why intersections are such dangerous places for vehicles as well as pedestrians and bicyclists.

Intersection Collisions Statistics

The following statistics on intersection crashes should give you an idea why these sorts of collisions must be taken seriously.

According to figures cited in an older comprehensive study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 2,307,000 intersection crashes in 2008. To give you some perspective, intersection collisions accounted for 40 percent of all vehicle crashes that year.

Focusing on numbers in the state of New York, there were 373 intersection or intersection-related collisions in 2017. That is 37.3 percent of all fatal collisions in the state of New York that year.

The Dangers of T-Bone Accidents

All sorts of impacts can occur in an intersection crash, but T-bone collisions are among the deadliest. This occurs when the side of one vehicle is struck by the front end of another vehicle. Since vehicles travel perpendicularly through intersections, these kinds of collisions are likely.

Side impact collisions such as T-bone accidents caused 1,770 passenger vehicle fatalities in 2017 according to numbers from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Common Causes of Intersection Crashes

Here are some common causes of intersection collisions:

  • Running a Red Light - Running through a red light, stop sign, or beating a yellow light can increase the chances of a crash.
  • Driver Distraction - Texting while driving, using a cellphone without a hands-free kit, rubbernecking, and other distracted behaviors leaves you at risk of causing an accident or failing to avoid an accident.
  • Making an Illegal Turn - When drivers are prohibited from making a turn, it’s usually to prevent injuries or avoid traffic congestion. Only make legal turns at intersections.
  • Failure to Signal - Not using your turn signal means that your actions could can catch other motorists off guard. Whenever turning or merging, use your turn signals.
  • Drunk Driving - Drinking while driving and operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs is dangerous. Only get behind the wheel when you are sober.

Hazards for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

The dangers we’ve noted above for passenger vehicles are heightened when pedestrians and bicyclists are involved in crashes. Motorists may not see pedestrians or bicyclists, even if they are in crosswalks or designated bike lanes. Since pedestrians and bicyclists are more vulnerable to injury, the kinds of harm they may experience can be catastrophic.

Legal Liability in an Intersection Accident

When you speak with our attorneys, we will go over all of the evidence in your case to help determine legal liability in the accident. Our goal is to hold that negligent party accountable and seek damages on your behalf to address the damage and harm they have caused.

Contact Our Auto Accident Lawyers

For more information about your legal rights after a collision in an intersection, be sure to contact our team of auto accident and personal injury lawyers. The law firm of Douglas & London can be reached by phone at (212) 566-7500.

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