Collisions at intersections, where two or more roads meet, are a common occurrence. As determined by a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study, they account for an estimated 36% of all traffic crashes.
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What Factors Contribute to Intersection Crashes?
In the NHTSA study, researchers found that approximately 96% of intersection-related are caused by driver error. The main driver factors contributing to intersection collisions are recognition errors and decision errors. They include:
- Inadequate surveillance (44.1%)
- False assumption of other's actions (8.4%)
- Obstructed view (7.8%)
- Illegal maneuver (6.8%)
- Internal distraction (5.7%)
- Misjudgment of other's speed or gap (5.5%)
What Types of Collisions Occur at Intersections?
As in the U.S. overall, intersection accidents account for a large portion of traffic crashes in New York City. These collisions often result in serious injuries, as they may involve a vehicle traveling at high speed that strikes another moving vehicle, causing a greater force of impact. Side-impact (T-bone), head-on, and rear-end collisions are common in intersections.
A head-on collision is a crash involving two vehicles moving directly toward each other. They rank among the most serious types of automobile accidents. A direct head-to-head crash of two vehicles moving in opposite directions can cause a tremendous impact resulting in serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries.
Common injuries caused by head-on collisions include:
- Neck injuries
- Head injuries
- Severe lacerations
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury and paralysis
Also known as T-bone or broadside accidents, side impact collisions can have a devastating effect on the body. While most vehicles provide some protection from injury if the vehicle is hit in the front or the rear, the car door is the only protection most vehicles offer in a side-impact collision. Injuries common in side-impact accidents include:
- Neck and back injury
- Head trauma
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Internal organ damage
- Lacerations and contusions
- Wrongful death
This type of accident often occurs at intersections when a driver following behind is distracted and crashes into a stopped vehicle ahead. Whiplash is among the most common injuries in rear-end collisions. This type of accident can also cause a range of other injuries, including injury to the brain when a sudden jolt causes it to move inside the skull.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
Intersection automobile accidents can cause serious injuries. Recovering damages can be a struggle if the insurance company denies your claim or offers an inadequate settlement. Our experienced NYC auto accident attorneys have the knowledge and skills to aggressively pursue full and fair compensation.
Contact Us Today
Our personal injury lawyers at Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. can thoroughly investigate your accident, obtain and preserve evidence, prepare your case based on the evidence, and negotiate skillfully on your behalf. Contact our firm as soon as possible if you have been hurt in an intersection auto accident that was someone else's fault.