Intersection accidents are almost always preventable in Cleveland, yet people continue to suffer serious and fatal injuries in these crashes. From occupants of motor vehicles to cyclists and pedestrians, almost anyone can get hurt in an intersection collision. Typically, these accidents occur most often either at traffic lights or stop signs—when one or more drivers are supposed to come to a stop, yet a driver does not stop and a collision occurs.
As an experienced Cleveland accident lawyer, I routinely represent clients in accident cases that involve intersection crashes. It is important for you to know more about these accidents and how to file a claim, and then you should get in touch with me as soon as possible. The quicker you contact me, the sooner I can start working on getting you the compensation you need.
Why Do Intersection Accidents Happen?
Most intersection accidents happen because of human error. To put it another way, someone was negligent or behaved in a careless manner, and that person’s negligence caused a serious accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides facts and figures about intersection accidents, and I want to share some of those with you here:
- About 40% of accidents that happen in the U.S. are intersection-related crashes;
- Intersection accidents can happen when a driver turns left, crosses over or through an intersection, or turns right;
- Approximately 96% of intersection collisions occur due to driver error;
- Vehicle problems and environmental factors cause intersection accidents in fewer than 3% of the reported accidents;
- Inadequate surveillance is the most common cause for an intersection accident, meaning a driver failed to pay attention to what was happening at the intersection (and often to see another vehicle or pedestrian);
- False assumptions about another motorist’s speed or behavior is the second-leading cause of intersection accidents;
- Other common causes of intersection accidents include a driver turning with an obstructed view, a driver making an internal maneuver, and a driver being distracted inside his or her vehicle;
- Most intersection accidents caused by drivers under the age of 24 are linked to internal distractions; and
- Most left-turn accidents that occur at intersections happen because a driver turned despite having an obstructed view.
Who is at Fault in an Intersection Accident?
Proving fault in an intersection accident can be complicated. It is important to take photos at the scene and to obtain contact information for witnesses. I can gather evidence to help show the other driver was at fault.
How Long Do I Have Before I Need to File a Lawsuit for My Intersection Accident?
Under Ohio law, you have two years from the date of the intersection accident to file a lawsuit. If we cannot get you the compensation you deserve through an insurance claim, I will make sure your lawsuit is filed on time.
I Can Help With Your Intersection Accident Case
When another driver causes a serious intersection accident, it is essential to hold that careless motorist accountable. You should not have to pay the cost for your injuries and other losses. Instead, file a claim to get compensation from the negligent party. I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call me today at 877.944.4373 to learn more about your options for seeking compensation after an intersection accident.