Accidents That Occur At Intersections
There are many types of accidents that can occur at intersections. These accidents are notable in that they occur frequently, and often lead to serious injuries and, at times, fatalities.
All types of road users can be involved in intersection accidents. As seen in Chicago-area accidents, these road users include not only drivers and other occupants of passenger vehicles and trucks, but also motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
Causes Of Intersection Accidents
Among the primary causes of these crashes include:
When a driver runs a red light
When a driver blows through a red light, various road users at the intersection can be placed in immediate jeopardy. It can be very difficult to predict when a driver will engage in this behavior.
Fatal accidents that have occurred after a driver disregards a red light have recently been at record levels. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, deaths caused by red light running have recently hit a 10-year high. Further discussion of this traffic safety issue can be seen on the “Red Light Running Accidents Involving Injuries And Fatalities” page.
Injuries that result from these instances of driver negligence can often be serious, if not life-threatening in nature. There are many reasons as to why these accidents cause serious injuries. One reason is that drivers who run red lights often speed up while doing so, in an effort to “make the light.” If a collision occurs, the collision is often forceful in nature. Among the common types of crashes at these locations is the “t-bone” crash, when the front of one vehicle forcefully strikes the side of another vehicle.
When A Vehicle Hits The Stopped Vehicle In Front Of It
One common type of crash is when one vehicle runs into the vehicle in front of it. When a driver “rear-ends” another vehicle, the driver of the stopped vehicle can suffer numerous types of injuries. The type and severity of these injuries can vary depending upon various factors, including how fast the vehicle was driving. Among the most common type of injury resulting from these collisions is “whiplash.”
Accidents Involving Turning Vehicles
Various types of crashes can occur at junctions when a vehicle attempts to turn. A common type of crash occurs when a vehicle turning left fails to yield the right of way to an oncoming vehicle, and a collision occurs.
Of note, one of the most common and traumatic types of motorcycle collisions occurs when a vehicle attempting is attempting to make a left-hand turn immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle. If a collision occurs, the resulting accident injuries can be serious, if not severe, in nature. As seen in many motorcycle collisions summarized on this site, this type of crash often occurs because the driver “fails to see” the motorcycle.
Other intersection crashes involve turning vehicles hitting bicyclists. There are two main types of these crashes. One is the “right hook” accident. In a “right hook” accident, a bicyclist who is traveling straight is hit by a vehicle that is attempting to turn right. This turning vehicle is either ahead of the bicyclist or next to the bicyclist at the time of the collision. In these collisions, the driver usually either does not see the bicyclist before making the turn, or misjudges where the bicycle is relative to the vehicle. These “right hook” accidents can lead to many types of injuries, some of which can be serious if not severe in nature.
Another type of bicycle accident is the “left hook” accident. In these crashes, a bicyclist traveling straight through the intersection is hit by an oncoming vehicle making a left-hand turn. As with many bicycle (and motorcycle accidents) this often occurs when the motorist “fails to see” the bicyclist.
Various types of pedestrian accidents can occur at intersections. One of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents is when a walker attempts to cross the street “against the light” and gets hit by a passing vehicle.
Many pedestrian crashes occur when the walker is attempting to cross the street with the light in a crosswalk. While the crosswalk is supposed to provide additional safety, many Chicago-area pedestrian crashes have occurred while the walker is in a crosswalk. Often, the driver “fails to see” the pedestrian. Other times the driver may be distracted or may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Regardless, any time a pedestrian is struck by a car wide-ranging injuries can occur, many which can be serious in nature. Among the most common injuries are broken bones, thoracic injuries and head injuries. As seen in various pedestrian accidents summarized on this site, some walkers have died from their accident injuries.
Steps To Take If Injured In A Vehicle Accident
After being injured in an accident, there are various steps one should take. These steps are intended to protect both one’s health as well as address legal issues.
If one is hurt during a vehicle accident, the person should get medical care as soon as possible. This initial medical care may be performed by paramedics. The ambulance will typically take an injured person to the hospital. Once there, a thorough medical examination is typically performed in the hospital’s emergency room (ER). There are both medical and legal reasons as to why this medical examination is needed. One reason is that this medical 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 appear for some time after the accident. Among these serious injuries are head injuries and internal bleeding. In some cases, if these injuries remain untreated they may have the potential to lead to life-threatening medical conditions, and possibly death.
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 possible injury compensation. Injury compensation can be a very important issue, as the injuries may cause various hardships. Among these hardships is the cost of medical care, which can result in significant, if not substantial, medical bills. In addition to medical bills, there may be other financial issues, such as lost income due to time off of work to recover from the physical harm. A personal injury lawsuit is typically filed in an effort to get the maximum amount of injury compensation. This personal injury lawsuit can seek compensation for various reasons. Compensation types can include that for past, current, and future medical costs; loss of income; pain and suffering; disfigurement; disability; loss of consortium; ambulance charges; and other issues.
In accidents that result in a fatality, 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.
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