Highway intersections bring multiple roads and opposing directions of traffic together. It’s no wonder that they are the site of so many car accidents.
The NHTSA, in a major study of intersection accidents, found that turning left, crossing over or turning right at an intersection creates a potential for conflicts that result in literally millions of collisions each year.
What Percentage of Accidents Happen At Intersections?
The report said 96 percent of intersection accidents are actually caused by driver error. As might be expected, many accidents at intersections are side-impact collisions. Side-impact collisions (also called right-angle or T-bone collisions) cause severe injuries because there is less protection along the sides of cars than in the front and rear.
Four Primary Causes of Crashes
The most frequent driver mistakes before an intersection accident were:
- Inadequate surveillance (inattention)
- False assumption of other driver’s action
- Turning with obstructed view
- Illegal maneuver
- Internal distraction (distracted driving)
- Misjudgment of gap or other car’s speed.
- Disregarded traffic signal
Injuries Caused At Intersection Auto Accidents
The impact of an intersection accident can cause serious injuries, such as:
- Head and brain injury
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
- Back and spinal cord injury
- Soft tissue injury
- Internal organ injuries
If you or a family member of yours has been in a car accident at an intersection in Tampa or anywhere in Florida that was caused by another driver’s negligence or recklessness, the Florida Car Wreck Attorneys at Fowkes & Hasanbasic, Accident and Insurance Lawyers, may be able to help you. You could be eligible to obtain compensation to pay your medical bills, property damage costs and lost wages, as well as for your emotional distress, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Contact us today by phone or through our online form to set up a free initial consultation. Let us review the specifics of your intersection accident and explain your options for pursuing a legal claim.
Our main office is located in Trinity, FL (Pasco County), but we handle cases throughout the Tampa Bay area and all of Florida.