43% of vehicle accidents occur at an intersection or are intersection related; 49% of fatal crashes occur at an intersection; More than 2 million are injured in intersection accidents each year; and More than 33,000 people are killed in intersection accidents each year.
NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis found that of the intersection-related crashes, in about 96.1 percent crashes, the critical reasons were attributed to drivers. This includes 55.7 percent (438,194) drivers with recognition error (inattention, internal and external distractions, inadequate surveillance, etc.) and 29.2 percent (230,047) with decision errors (too fast for conditions or aggressive driving, false assumption of other’s actions, illegal
maneuver, and misjudgment of gap or other’s speed), and 11.2% were as a result of performance error (e.g., overcompensation, poor directional control) and critical non-performance error (e.g., sleep, heart attack).
Traffic lights and signs are put up to control the flow of traffic and warn drivers of the need to stop or slow down to avoid a crash. When a driver runs a red light or stop sign, however, serious injuries or motor vehicle accident deaths can result. According to the Federal Highway Association (FHWA), about 2.3 million intersection crashes occur in the United States each year, resulting in over one million injuries and 7,700 deaths. According to a 1999 study, one in three people know someone who was killed or seriously injured when another driver ran a red light or a stop sign.
Most intersection accidents fall under the category of “crossing paths,” and the most common path-crossing crashes, according to federal statistics, involve left turns. About 36% of intersection accidents result form left turns.
Over 2.5 million rear end accidents are reported every year, making them the most common type of automobile accident. Half of all rear end accidents occur at intersections. Rear end accidents are also known as “whiplash accidents” because the nature of the collision often results in a whiplash injury for the driver in the front car. About 20 percent of people involved in rear end collisions exhibit symptoms of whiplash. 35% of spinal cord injuries are caused by rear end automobile accidents, making rear end accidents the leading cause of spinal cord injuries
You need an attorney well versed in intersection accidents who will get you the right medical personnel to get you care you need and a settlement commensurate with your injury today and the consequences tomorrow.
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Liberty & Associates has the experience and knowledge needed when encountering any intersection accidents. With over three decades of experience, Liberty & Associates has the resources and is the dedicated Santa Monica intersection accident lawyer you need to follow through with your claim.
Liberty & Associates will thoroughly investigate the facts of the accident or incident in order to determine the legal strategy to take in your particular situation. During your initial consultation, we will fully discuss your case, including potential sources of information not readily apparent, including potential witnesses, video and audio recording which must be acquired quickly before they are recorded over, law enforcement reports and investigation whose initial conclusions can be altered if quickly dealt with early on. Liberty & Associates will try to answer all of your questions. The firm is committed to providing you personal attention throughout the course of your claim and will pursue every possible means of compensation on your behalf. Whether you have medical costs, lost wages, emotional pain and suffering, our efforts will be towards maximizing your potential settlement.
It is never easy to get through a difficult situation where you suffer an intersection accident. We strive to provide caring and compassionate representation. Our goal is simple: resolve your claim fairly, effortlessly and as quickly as possible. If your case requires that a lawsuit be pursued, rest assured that the experienced and successful attorneys at Liberty & Associates will still have the same goal.
Contact Liberty & Associates to discuss your intersection accident claim.
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