Seattle Intersection Car Accident Attorneys
Crash at a Dangerous Intersection
Intersections are one of the most common locations for car accidents, whether during rush hour or low traffic time periods. With just one poor split-second decision or a moment of breaking the law, several vehicles can suddenly become involved in a collision with catastrophic repercussions. If you have been involved in or lost a loved one in an intersection car accident, you may be entitled to receive financial reimbursement for your losses from the at-fault driver(s). To discuss the circumstances of your case, please contact the Washington intersection accident lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.
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If the collision was the result of a dangerous street intersection, the governmental entity responsible for maintaining that roadway can be held liable.
The Dangers of an Intersection Collision
It is crucial that all motorists obey the rules of the road. Negligent drivers who fail to obey traffic signs or yield right-of-way at street intersections may be held liable for the accidents and related losses they cause. The following include causes for which negligent drivers may be held liable for:
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Making an illegal U-turn
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Failure to yield right-of-way
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Hazardous road conditions
With so many cars crossing paths at an intersection, it only takes one inattentive or reckless driver to put others on the road at serious risk of injury or death.
Traffic Signals and Intersection Crashes
Surprisingly, traffic signals don't always make intersections safer. The Washington State Department of Transportation notes that when drivers don't see the reason for a signal, they become impatient, making them more likely to take risky maneuvers that can result in a crash. Meanwhile, the NHTSA estimates that more than 50 percent of all intersection accidents take place at an intersection that has a traffic signal.
Traffic signals are designed to regulate the flow of traffic and help everyone get through an intersection safely, but they only work when everyone who uses the intersection pays proper attention to them and obeys them. When a driver is distracted, confused, or driving aggressively, a crash can result even if a traffic signal is in place.
Steps Toward Recovery After an Intersection Accident in Seattle
Determining who or what caused an intersection accident is only part of the recovery process. The physical and emotional toll of a crash is often matched, if not surpassed, by the financial burden that arises from the various costs of putting a life back together. Depending on the severity of the accident, the surviving victims may endure brain injury, spinal cord damage, fractured bones, and psychological trauma, not to mention the loss of property if the vehicle was totaled. Through legal action, victims or surviving family members may pursue legal action to obtain compensation for various damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of ability to work
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
In order to gain adequate coverage from the liable parties and insurance companies, a skilled attorney will investigate the crash and gather evidence. Accident recreations, video surveillance from the intersection, and witness accounts can all be used to help injured victims win financial amount they are entitled to receive.
Effective Legal Representation in Washington
The experienced Seattle car accident lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. have a long history of handling intersection accident cases. We make sure our clients' rights are protected while pursuing compensation from the at-fault driver. It can be challenging to determine fault and liability in intersection accident cases. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Washington car accident, please contact us at (888) 228-3860 to find out how we can help.
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