Intersection Crashes Most Common throughout South Florida
Intersection accidents are one of the most common types of auto accidents. According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 50 percent of motor vehicle accidents involving injuries and fatalities take place at or near intersections. Street intersections can be complicated, and a reckless driver or even a motorist who makes a simple mistake in judgment can cause a very serious collision.
If you have been hurt in an intersection accident, Hollander Law Firm can help. Hollander Law Firm is a South Florida personal injury firm dedicated to helping accident victims get the financial compensation they need to recover and move forward with their lives. Whether your intersection accident occurred in Fort Lauderdale or another city in South Florida, an experienced auto accident lawyer at our firm will personally guide you through the legal process. Your attorney will carefully assess your case and help you determine the best legal method to get the compensation you and your family deserve.
Common Causes of Accidents at Intersections in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Boca Raton
An intersection is an area where two or more roads meet or cross and traffic moving in different directions come together. Depending upon the location, number of roads intersecting, and traffic patterns, these junctions may be controlled by stop lights, stop signs, yield signs or roundabouts. Regardless of how traffic is controlled, intersections in South Florida can be complex and are often the site of serious motor vehicle accidents. While there are multiple factors that can contribute to an intersection crash, some of the most common factors include:
- Falling to obey traffic signs and signals
- Failing to yield the right- of-way
- Misjudging the distance and speed of approaching vehicles
- Failing to use a turn signal
- Tailgating or following too closely behind another vehicle
- Making an improper or unsafe turn or lane change
- Distracted drivers
- Turning with obstructed view
- Poor weather
Fort Lauderdale Auto Accident Lawyer Explains Common Types of Intersection Accidents
These and other factors can lead to various types of collisions at intersections. From fender benders to serious head-on collisions, all types of accidents have the potential to lead to expensive repair and medical bills, time missed from work, and other financial and non-financial losses. Our firm has experience recovering just compensation for victims’ losses resulting from accidents including:
At intersections, rear-end collisions commonly occur when one driver stops and another driver following behind does not. This is a regular occurrence in situations where the following driver either does not see a stop sign or expects the driver in front to try to “beat” a yellow light. Speeding, aggressive driving and distracted driving are all possible factors; and, in some cases, weather can play a role as well if the following driver does not brake in time given the current road conditions.
Head-on collisions at intersections can result from multiple factors, from distracted driving to running red lights and failing to yield the right of way. For obvious reasons, these accidents tend to be severe, and drivers and passengers will often suffer severe traumatic injuries. As with all other types of accidents, individuals injured in head-on collisions are entitled to full compensation for their injuries, and filing a successful claim can be crucial to drivers’ and passengers’ long-term recoveries.
A T-bone collision is an accident in which one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle head on (as opposed to the vehicles colliding head-to-head). These accidents, too, can be extremely dangerous, and it is not uncommon for accident victims to suffer broken bones, concussions and other serious injuries. Common factors in T-bone collisions include failing to obey traffic signs and signals, speeding, misjudging distance and speed, and distracted driving. These accidents are common in scenarios in which one vehicle has lawfully entered the intersection and then another vehicle unlawfully enters the intersection at speed, leaving the innocent driver with no way to avoid being hit.
Collisions with Turning Vehicles
Another common type of intersection accident involves vehicles colliding because one driver has made a dangerous or illegal turn. For example, in many cases a driver will turn left in front of oncoming traffic on a flashing yellow light without enough time to exit the intersection before the approaching vehicles arrive. Many accidents also occur as a result of drivers turning right on red either without looking for oncoming traffic from the left or after misjudging the distance or speed of the approaching vehicles.
At busy intersections, there are many vehicles in close proximity, and this means that multi-vehicle accidents are also common. In many cases, these are chain reaction accidents, and proving liability requires a thorough forensic investigation to determine what each driver was doing at the time of the crash. With decades of experience handling intersection collision cases in South Florida, Fort Lauderdale auto accident lawyer Gregg Hollander can critically assess the facts of your case to determine who was at fault and make sure they are held fully accountable.
Dangerous Intersections in Fort Lauderdale and South Florida
While any intersection can be the site of a catastrophic accident, there are certain intersections in Fort Lauderdale and other parts of South Florida that are particularly dangerous. Below are a few of the intersections in Broward County where drivers should exercise extra caution:
- A1A and Las Olas Boulevard
- Federal Highway and East 26th Street
- U.S. 1 and Atlantic Boulevard
- Pines Boulevard and Flamingo Road
- West Oakland Park Boulevard and NW 50th Avenue
- Sunrise Boulevard and Andrews Avenue
With the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reporting 40,000 crashes occurring in Broward County in 2016 alone, drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and other people who use South Florida roadways are at risk for being involved in a dangerous intersection accident.
Pursuing a Legal Claim in an Intersection Car Accident Cases
If you have fallen victim to a car accident caused by a person who was speeding, ran a red light at an intersection, or engaged in any other careless or reckless driving behavior, a Fort Lauderdale auto accident lawyer at Hollander Law Firm can help. We offer free, no-obligation consultations where we will review your situation and outline the best possible courses of action for your case. Call us today at (561) 347-7770.