Aside from rear-end collisions, intersection accidents are the second leading cause of traffic-related injuries and fatalities. Some huge California intersections are infamous for their traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities. At Maison Law, we represent victims who were injured in intersection accidents along with the families of others who died in such accidents.
California Intersection Accident Statistics
According to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, about 50% of all motor vehicle accidents involving injuries and fatalities occur at or near intersections. About 46% of those accidents occur because a driver fails to notice a stop sign or traffic light. California intersection accident statistics are consistent with those numbers. Some common causes of intersection accidents include distracted driving, failing to yield the right-of-way when making left turns, driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or a combination of the two, unfamiliarity with an area and simple poor judgment of speed and distance.
Common Intersection Accident Injuries
Given common traffic patterns, most intersection accidents involve broadside or head-on collisions. Those types of impacts can result in serious injuries or deaths. Here are some of the more common injuries that are suffered in intersection collisions:
- Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.
- Neck injuries with tears to tendons, ligaments and muscles.
- Vertebral disc displacement or herniations at the neck or lower back levels.
- Multiple fractures.
- Damage to internal organs.
- Lacerations with scarring.
- Wrongful death.
Intersection Accident Victims are Eligible for Compensation
Drivers of other cars or their passengers aren’t the only victims of intersection accidents. Motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians use intersections too. What they have in common is the fact that they’re all exposed and unprotected in the event of an accident.
It’s highly likely that the injuries they suffer are going to be more severe too. In any case, people who are injured as a result of the carelessness and negligence of somebody else in an intersection accident are eligible to seek compensation for their injuries and damages. Here are some examples of the types of damages that California law allows those victims to seek compensation for:
- Past and future reasonable and necessary medical bills.
- Past and future reasonable lost earnings.
- Any permanent disfigurement or disability.
- Pain and suffering.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
- Funeral and burial costs along with other valuable damages in the event of a wrongful death.
A driver who caused an intersection accident can change their story, even if he or she was ticketed. After being injured in an intersection accident by a careless and negligent driver, it’s important for you to protect and preserve your right to compensation by consulting with and retaining a California car accident lawyer who knows how to investigate and prove intersection accident cases.
Maison Law has assisted countless accident victims and their families who have suffered injuries or the loss of a loved one in motor vehicle accidents. Contact us here at Maison Law as soon as you can for a free consultation and case evaluation on any intersection accident in California. If we’re enter into a retainer agreement with you, we’ll begin building your case while you’re healing. Our goal is to maximize the compensation that you deserve.