Intersection Car Accidents
The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration shows more than 50 percent of all fatal accidents occur in intersections. Given the high number of dangerous intersections in Las Vegas, this number should concern every driver on Nevada roadways.
Common Types of Intersection Accidents
Regardless of where an intersection is located, vehicles approaching are always at odds with each other. Four-way stop signs, traffic lights, or yield signs are visible at nearly every intersection. Some common types of intersection accidents are:
- T-Bone Crashes — these side impact collisions can cause serious injury and are typically the result of someone failing to yield or attempting to run a red light at an intersection. These crashes are the more deadly of the two types of side impact collisions. T-bones occur when a car is leaving an intersection and another vehicle is leaving from either the right or left corner resulting in a collision.
- Broadside Crashes — typically occurring in areas where traffic is merging, these accidents are the result of failure to yield. While most broadside crashes impact the passenger side of the vehicle, they can also impact the driver’s side.
- Rear-End Crashes — caused by a lack of attentiveness, these accidents are the most common intersection accidents. Rear end collisions occur because a driver failed to notice the car in front of them had slowed down or stopped. Failure to maintain control over their vehicle can result in serious injury including whiplash and other problems.
Victims of Intersection Accidents
Most of us tend to think victims of intersection accidents are only those who are traveling in the vehicles involved in the accident. However, this is not always the case. Some potential victims of these accidents include:
- Motorcycle operators — even if the motorcycle is not directly involved in an accident, the sudden crash can cause debris such as headlight glass or pieces of one of the vehicles. Because a motorcycle has less stability than a car, the operator could be injured if they lose control of their bike because of the debris.
- Pedestrians — a shocking number of pedestrians die on Las Vegas roadways on an annual basis. Many of these accidents could have been prevented if the city were more walker friendly. However, the fact remains, pedestrians remain at high risk at intersections.
- Bicycle riders — because it is inexpensive to travel around Las Vegas by bicycle, more people turn to this as a preferred mode of transportation. Bicycles must follow the same rules of the road as motor vehicles, but this often puts bicycle riders in danger of being struck by a vehicle at an intersection.
Serious Injuries Following a Las Vegas Intersection Accident
If you were involved in an accident in Las Vegas, the extent of your injuries can vary from minor bruising to a serious spine injury. The extent of your injuries will vary depending on a number of factors including whether you were a driver or passenger, pedestrian, or bike operator. The speed at which the at-fault driver was traveling will also determine how serious an injury you may suffer. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you could be recovering for days, weeks, or even months if you have a serious injury.
You should not have to bear the financial burden associated with injuries you suffer as a result of an intersection accident which is not your fault. The driver who caused the accident should be held accountable. Getting the insurance company to pay a full settlement may require you to hire a car accident attorney who has a history of success for their clients.
Recovering Damages Following a Las Vegas Intersection Accident
If you are not at fault for an accident, you have the right to hold the at-fault driver accountable. While the statute of limitations is two years, it is never a good idea to wait until the last minute to pursue a claim. The first step after a car accident in Nevada is to notify your insurance company. Chances are, they will file a claim against the other driver on your behalf. Be aware the other driver’s insurance company will contact you. Use caution when speaking with them. Do not agree to a recorded statement until such time as you have spoken with a lawyer, so you understand your rights and obligations.
There is a good chance the insurer will offer you a quick settlement. In most cases, these settlements are well below what you may be entitled to collect for a settlement. Remember, you may not have a full picture of your medical needs, or how long you are going to be recovering and unable to work for several weeks following an accident. An early settlement lets the insurer off the hook for any future financial recovery.
Most victims of an intersection accident can recover their lost wages, medical bills, and even damage to property. Your family should not have to suffer financially because someone was not paying attention, or was in too much of a hurry to follow traffic signals.
Call a Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney Today if You Suffered an Injury at an Intersection
The most important step you can take following an accident caused by a driver’s inattentiveness or negligence at an intersection is to contact a car accident lawyer. Whether you were a pedestrian, a passenger or the driver in the vehicle which was struck, or were operating a motorcycle or bicycle: If you suffered an injury, you need a strong advocate on your side. At Gina Corena & Associates we are committed to getting the best possible settlement for victims of car accidents. Call today and schedule a free consultation. Remember, there is no obligation, and if you decide we are the firm you want representing you for your intersection accident case, we work on a contingency fee. That means we do not collect any legal fees until we have obtained a settlement on your behalf. Do not wait until it is too late to file a claim, call us today at 702-680-1111 or use our convenient contact form.