When cars come from different directions, accidents are likely to happen. At the intersection of streets and roadways, even when they are controlled by stop signs, stop lights, or some other traffic control device, accidents happen. Drivers are in a rush and forget to look in all directions before entering an intersection after stopping at a stop sign. For some drivers, a light changing from green to yellow is an invitation to speed up to avoid having to stop for 30 seconds. Drivers making turns at intersections don’t anticipate the speed of oncoming cars and trucks. Drivers slowing down to make the stop may be struck from the rear by drivers who aren’t paying attention.
Identifying who is at fault in intersection accidents may not always be easy. The offending driver may complain that the other driver “must have been speeding”, but that doesn’t take away the responsibility for the accident. A driver is expected to see what reasonably should be seen, and it is difficult to make the case that the driver who “came out of nowhere” is at fault. Determining fault requires knowledge of the law and analysis of the facts, something that should be done by an experienced law firm such as Norman M. Block, P.C.
If you have been injured as a result of an accident at an intersection, contact us as soon as possible. We will obtain the police report to see if the officer made any determination about liability. We will look at photos of the accident site to see if there were any visible obstructions which may have contributed to the accident. We will contact the insurance companies, monitor your medical treatment, and attempt to negotiate a fair settlement based upon your injury and the degree of fault between the parties. If necessary, we will file suit and vigorously represent you. Call the law offices of Norman M. Block, P.C. as soon as possible.