Learn about the dangers of intersection accidents and how a car accident lawyer can help if you were hit by a negligent driver.
Intersection accidents are common and dangerous, accounting for a significant portion of severe and fatal car accidents. Whether it's a driver running a red light, failing to yield, or simply not paying attention, the consequences of a crash at an intersection can be devastating.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), every year in the U.S., around one-quarter of traffic fatalities and half of the traffic injuries happen at intersection accidents. Ten intersections in Oklahoma City have a similar reputation for being dangerous.
The worst intersections in OKC
According to Oklahoma crash data from one recent year, these intersections in Oklahoma City are the site of many car accidents:
- S. Klein Ave. and Oklahoma City Blvd.
- Klein and W. Sheridan Ave.
- Reno and S. Klein.
- W. Memorial Road and Pennsylvania Ave.
- SW 62nd and S. Western Ave.
- SW 59th and S. Western Ave.
- I-240 and US 77.
- I-40 and I-44 interchange.
Remember, intersections pose unique hazards to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. The convergence of multiple lanes of traffic traveling in different directions, the prevalence of motorists disregarding traffic signals and driving at excessive speeds, and the presence of pedestrians using crosswalks all contribute to the heightened risk of traffic accidents at intersections.
Common factors that cause intersection accidents
Several forms of negligence can contribute to intersection accidents, including:
- Distracted driving: Distracted driving, such as texting, eating, or adjusting the radio, can increase the risk of accidents at intersections.
- Running red lights or stop signs: Drivers who fail to stop at a red light or stop sign can cause serious accidents at intersections.
- Improper turns: Making illegal or improper turns at intersections, such as turning right on red without coming to a complete stop, can also cause accidents.
- Failure to yield the right-of-way: Drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way to other drivers or pedestrians can cause accidents at intersections.
- Drunk or impaired driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can impair a driver's judgment and reaction time, increasing the risk of accidents at intersections.
- Reckless or aggressive driving: Reckless or aggressive driving, such as tailgating or passing other vehicles on the right, can also increase the risk of accidents at intersections.
It's important to note that multiple forms of negligence can contribute to an intersection accident and that the cause of a crash may not always be clear. That's why if you were injured in an intersection accident, it's in your interest to consult an attorney who can protect your rights and advocate for the compensation you deserve.
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If you were injured due to another driver's negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses, including medical bills, lost wages, and other related costs. Unfortunately, crash victims often have a hard time with insurance companies because insurance adjusters primarily focus on protecting company profits.
As such, they may not fully compensate victims for their losses or may contest the extent of the victim's injuries. Additionally, insurance companies often use various tactics, such as delays or lowball settlement offers, to reduce the amount of money they have to pay crash victims.
At Lawter & Associates Attorneys at Law PLLC, we know how to deal with insurance companies. We take every case seriously and consistently fight to get our clients the best results possible. To learn more about how we can help with your potential legal case, contact us today and schedule a free case evaluation. We have two offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.