Whether you live in a small or large city, you likely will encounter many busy intersections as you drive. Determining liability in motor vehicle accidents that take place at intersections may be particularly complex because there are many factors at play. If you or someone in your family was injured in an intersection accident caused by the carelessness or recklessness of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At The Lawrence Law Group, our Jacksonville car accident lawyers can explore the facts of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim.Establishing Liability for an Intersection Accident
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the following circumstances and driver errors frequently lead to traffic accidents at intersections:
- Making left turns at intersections: when drivers make left turns, they often need to cross multiple lanes of traffic. This means that drivers making these turns are at risk of being hit by drivers traveling in the opposite direction. This risk increases when visibility is limited due to poor weather conditions or due to construction.
- Trying to rush through a yellow light: while every driver wants to reach their destination as soon as possible, trying to “beat” a yellow light may be dangerous and increases the risk of a collision at an intersection.
- Distracted driving: this includes a driver texting while driving, changing the radio station, reading a map or using the GPS, eating or drinking, or engaging in personal grooming or any other activity that takes their attention away from the task of driving.
- Rolling through stop signs: where there are stop signs, Florida law requires all drivers to come to a complete stop before passing through the intersection. Failing to come to a complete stop increases the risk of serious broadside collisions and even head-on collisions.
If you were hurt in an auto accident at an intersection due to someone else’s negligence behind the wheel, you may seek compensation from that party. Generally, fault is established by showing that another driver caused your injuries because they failed to drive safely and do what a sensible person would do under the same or similar circumstances. For example, a reasonably prudent driver approaching a stop sign at an intersection probably would come to a complete stop and scan the intersection to make sure that it is safe before proceeding. As a result, a driver who causes an accident because they failed to make a complete stop at a stop sign would likely be held liable for any resulting harm.
Intersection accidents often result in extremely serious injuries to victims. Under Florida law, an injured victim may recover compensation for economic and non-economic damages, including medical costs, lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, property damage, rehabilitation and therapy costs, and any other losses arising from the accident.Protect Your Rights After an Intersection Accident by Consulting a Jacksonville Lawyer
f you or someone close to you has been injured in a car accident at an intersection, you should not delay in reaching out to a seasoned motor vehicle collision attorney. You can trust that The Lawrence Law Group can help you understand your rights and navigate through the legal process. Our Jacksonville attorneys proudly represent victims throughout Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Baker, Nassau, Flagler, Putnam, Brevard, Union, Columbia, Suwannee, Hamilton, Jefferson, Volusia, and Alachua Counties. For more information, call us at 904-632-0077 or contact us online to set up a free appointment.