A majority of street intersection accidents in Illinois, and elsewhere, happen because one of the drivers fails to yield right-of-way. And about one-third of all auto accidents in the United States occur at street intersections. This is not surprising because street intersections are fraught with dangers such as traffic lanes crossing, vehicles making turns, drivers stopping at traffic lights and pedestrians crossing. According to the Driving Institute of America, 40 percent of all car accident fatalities in the United States each year involve drivers running a red light, failing to yield right-of-way at an intersection, or driving through a stop sign.
Intersections are dangerous not only for drivers, but also bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists. Crashes continue to occur at intersections because some drivers fail to follow the rules of the road. However, there are instances where everyone is following the rules of the road, but a crash still occurs because of a dangerous condition at the intersection. Some examples of such dangerous intersections include those that lack stop signs or lights; intersections that warrant crosswalks, but do not have them; lack of stop signs; an intersection where the stop sign is camouflaged by foliage or other visual obstructions.
Street intersection car accidents can result in serious personal injuries including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, broken bones, burn injuries, internal injuries and even, death. Head-on collisions, broadside or T-bone crashes and rear-end collisions are all possibilities at street intersections.
If a street intersection accident is caused by driver error or negligence, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the accident and injuries caused to victims. In cases where a dangerous condition on the roadway or intersection causes an accident, the governmental entity responsible for maintaining that intersection can be held responsible. Where governmental agencies are involved, it is important to remember that there are time limitations to file claims seeking compensation. This time limit varies from state to state.
If you have been injured in an intersection accident, it would be in your best interest to contact E. Ryan Bradley for more information about pursuing your legal rights in such cases.