HUNTSVILLE INTERSECTION ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
Ferguson & Ferguson
Attorneys at Law
Did you know that most car accidents in Alabama happen in intersections, and are usually caused by driver error? This is generally because intersections play host to multiple vehicles traveling in different directions, as well as turn lanes, multiple signals or signs, bicyclists, and pedestrians. When multiple roads and opposing traffic lanes come together, it can be a very dangerous situation. A recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study showed about 40 percent of the estimated 5.8 million crashes that occurred in the U.S. were in intersections. A crash at an intersection may involve more than motor vehicles. In fact, statistics show that most pedestrians and bicyclists hurt in car crashes are involved in intersection accidents. If you have been injured in a north Alabama car accident, you are most likely facing medical costs, wages lost due to time away from work, and other mounting expenses. If your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, we can help. Contact one of our experienced intersection accident lawyers at 256-534-3435 for a no-cost consultation.
Causes of Alabama Intersection Car Accidents
Some common causes that drivers make at intersections include:
- Illegal maneuvers
- Inattention while crossing over at intersections controlled by traffic signals or stop signs
- Turning with an obstructed view
- Misjudging a gap in traffic or another car’s speed while turning left
- Falsely assuming another’s action while turning right at a stop sign.
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving (including using illegal or prescription drugs)
- Distracted driving (including eating, texting while driving or talking on a cell phone)
- Drowsy/fatigued driving
- Aggressive driving
- Speeding/driving too fast for conditions.
- Unsafe land changes
- Reckless driving
- Failure to Yield
- Negligence of pedestrians and bikers
- Running a stop sign or a red light, resulting in a head-on collision or side-impact collision
- Making a right or left turn without checking to make sure the intersection is clear of other vehicles, resulting in a side-impact collision
- Not paying attention to stop signs or traffic lights, resulting in rear-end collisions at the intersection
Intersection Accidents Statistics
Statistics show the following about intersection accidents:
- Mature drivers (age 65 and older) are more likely to be involved in intersection crashes..
- Most pedestrian crashes and deaths occur while pedestrians are crossing the street at an intersection, and the majority of bicyclists are injured at intersections.
- As for younger drivers, most accidents are caused by distracted driving, driving too fast for conditions (speeding), or aggressive driving.
Intersection Accident Injuries
A driver, passenger, pedestrian or bicyclist involved in an intersection accident might suffer any number of injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injury (including cuts and bruising)
- Head or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neck and spine injuries
- Burn injuries
Damages You Can Recover
People injured in intersection accidents in Alabama can recover the follwoing damaes:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earning potential
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Physical impairment
- Loss of quality of life
- Property loss or damage
- Wrongful Death
Tips To Help You Avoid Intersection Accidents
- Stop, look and listen before entering intersection.
- Look left, then right, then left again.
- Before proceeding in an intersection, always keeping an eye out for advancing vehicles. Drive defensively, even when you have the right of way.
- Always watch for children, animals, bicyclers and pedestrians.
- Reduce speed.
- Put your right foot over the brake to improve reaction time
- Look across and around the intersection ahead of you so can become aware of the surroundings.
- Know where you want to go and which lane to use.
- Use turn signals to show others where you’re going.
- Leave enough room in front of you so you won’t block the intersection if traffic stops.
Dangerous Huntsville and Decatur Intersections
Some of the most dangerous intersections in Huntsville and Decatur include:
- University and the Parkway
- Drake and Whitesburg
- Jordan and University
- Airport and Whitesburg
- 6th Avenue(31) and the Beltline(Decatur)
- Highway 72
- U.S. Highway 31
Hire the Best Alabama Intersection Accident Attorney You Can Find
If you have questions about your rights after an intersection accident and how our legal team can help, contact us today to request a free, no-obligation consultation. We represent victims throughout the State of Alabama. If you or a family member have been seriously injured in Madison County, Morgan County or Limestone County at an intersection, contact us today. We can schedule a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and your legal rights and options. Call 256-534-3435