Highway intersections bring multiple roads, including opposing directions of traffic, together, which is why they are the site of so many car accidents. Each year, the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) reports some 2.5 million interstate accidents in the United States. Additionally, about 50% of serious collisions happen in intersections, including 20% of fatal collisions. An estimated 165,000 of accidents at intersections are caused by a driver who has run a red light.
Because accidents at intersections are typically side-impact collisions known as "T-bone" crashes, the injuries sustained can be severe. Side-impact collisions statistically result in the most severe injuries because the drivers and/or passengers receive the brunt of the impact from the side of the vehicle. Drivers, passengers, pedestrians, or cyclists in an intersection accident may suffer several types of injuries, including head or traumatic brain injury (TBI), neck injury, spine and back injuries, broken bones, or soft tissue injury.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed at a dangerous intersection, or in any other type of motor vehicle accident, contact the Alabama intersection accident attorneys at Hollis, Wright & Clay, P.C. immediately. Don't let big insurance companies take advantage of you. Our attorneys can help you recover damages for lost wages, medical bills, emotional distress, and more. You can call us at 205.324.3600 or 844.LAW.TALK, or contact us online here.
How do Intersection Accidents Occur?
The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently conduced a study to determine the cause of the nation's intersection accidents and found that turning left, crossing over, or turning right at an intersection all create a significant potential for accidents. In fact, these behaviors result in millions of collisions each year. Some 96% of intersection accidents are caused by driver error. The most frequent mistakes include:
- Not paying attention,
- False assumption of other driver's actions,
- Turning with an obstructed view,
- Illegal maneuvers,
- Distracted driving, and
- Misjudgement of gap or other car's speed.
Things you can do to avoid intersection accidents include:
- Paying close attention to your surroundings,
- Proceeding slowly through a yellow light, and
- Waiting a few seconds before proceeding through a green light.
The Alabama intersection accident attorneys at Hollis, Wright & Clay, P.C. will use every possible resource to reconstruct your accident at a dangerous intersection. We will use our own investigators, as well as outside resources, to produce a timeline of your accident. This process needs to begin as soon as possible after you have received medical attention. If not, much of the evidence in such accidents may be removed, erased by weather, tainted, or otherwise lost just due to the passage of time.
What are the Most Dangerous Intersections in Alabama?
Recent studies have delved into researching the most dangerous intersections in the nation. For Alabama, the list of most dangerous intersections is as follows:
- Skyland Blvd. & McFarland Blvd. in Tuscaloosa,
- Red Bank Road and U.S. 31 in Decatur,
- U.S. 31 & Huntsville Browns-Ferry Road in Athens,
- University Blvd. & 28th St. in Birmingham,
- West Oxmoor & Huntingdon Parc Road in Birmingham,
- U.S. Highway 280 & State Highway 119 in Birmingham,
- Airport Blvd. & Cody Road in Mobile,
- Cottage Hill Road & University Blvd. in Mobile, and
- Airport Blvd. & Azalea Road/McGregor Road in Mobile.
If you or a relative has been injured or killed at one of these dangerous intersections, or in any type of automobile accident, call the trusted Alabama intersection attorneys at Hollis, Wright & Clay, P.C. Your consultation is free and confidential, and we don't get paid unless we recover damages for you. Call us at 205.324.3600
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