Intersection Accident Lawyers in Austin
Texas Department of Transportation data indicate that there were 692 people killed in car accidents at intersections throughout Texas in 2011. Intersections are dangerous places, in part because traffic must cross paths where roads intersect.
Intersections are usually governed by some type of traffic-control device, including traffic lights, stop signs and yield signs. All drivers who approach the intersection must obey the traffic indicators and stop or yield as required. If drivers approach an intersection with no traffic indicators, then standard right-of-way rules dictate driver behavior.
Unfortunately, some drivers choose not to drive safely in intersections, either as a result of simple carelessness or because they intentionally make the choice to do something dangerous like run a red light. If a driver who causes an intersection accident was negligent, careless or broke a rule of the road, that driver could be held legally responsible for damages.
Causes of Intersection Accidents
Drivers who fail to yield the right of way, disobey traffic signals or make illegal turns can cause car accidents in intersections. Data from the Texas Department of Transportation on statewide crashes in 2011 indicate that this type of behavior is very common. For example:
- 103 fatal accidents and 8,646 injury crashes were attributed to drivers who failed to yield right of way at a stop sign.
- 97 fatal crashes and 6,986 injury accidents were caused by disregarding a traffic light or stop sign.
- 97 fatal crashes and 10,793 injury crashes were attributed to failure to yield right of way when turning left. Another fatal accident and an additional 402 injury crashes occurred due to a failure to yield right of way while making a right turn at a red light.
- 65 fatal car accidents and 4,969 injury crashes resulted from disregarding a stop and go signal.
- 55 fatal wrecks and 3,097 injury accidents had “turned when unsafe” as a listed cause.
- Eight fatal accidents and 801 injury crashes resulted from failure to yield right of way at a yield sign.
- Eight fatal accidents and 1,990 injury crashes were attributed to drivers who failed to yield right of way at open intersections.
Drivers may fail to yield right of way at intersections or turn when it is unsafe to do so for many reasons, such as:
- Distracted driving or inattention
- Aggressive driving
- Drunk driving or other impairments
- Failure to signal
- Running a yellow light.
Injuries in Intersection Accidents
Intersection accidents often involve side-impact collisions. The New York Timesreported on an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study that indicated that side-impact accidents are extremely dangerous and that some side air bags provide only limited protection. A University of Michigan study found that the danger presented by side-impact crashes could exceed the risks from frontal and rear-end collisions.
Side-impact crashes are so dangerous because the sides of the vehicle have very little ability to absorb the energy of the crash and protect occupants. The front and back of cars are designed to crumple, absorbing some of the energy instead of transferring it to the people in the car. The sides of a car cannot crumple inward very far, but instead are often pushed into the passenger space, potentially crushing or seriously injuring the occupants.
The chest, head, pelvis and abdomen often absorb the brunt of the force in a side-impact collision and are most likely to be seriously injured. However, a variety of injuries are common after T-bone accidents, including:
- Internal injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Fractured rib
- Fractured pelvis
- Fractured femur
- Ruptured spleen
- Spinal cord injury.
Compensation for Intersection Accidents in Texas
Most intersection accidents and the resulting injuries would be preventable if drivers did what they are supposed to at intersections. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t. A driver who fails to obey the rules and who hurts you as a result could be held accountable for his or her actions.
The experienced Texas personal injury lawyers at The Bob Richardson Law Firm can help you obtain the compensation you deserve after an intersection accident. This could include payments for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other damages.
Contact the car accident lawyers at The Bob Richardson Law Firm today for a free consultation. Call us now toll free at 800-880-5100 or use our online contact form.
For more than 30 years, we have helped car accident victims in Austin, Waco and surrounding Texas communities. Let us put our experience to work for you.