Accidents at intersections can occur for many different reasons. Due to the activity that occurs at intersections, especially busy intersections, there is potential for many different types of accidents.
Accidents at intersections can involve a number of different parties. Among the various road users that can be involved in collisions include drivers of passenger vehicles, truck drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Due to various factors, crashes at intersections often result in significant injuries to those involved. Injuries can range from minor injuries to those that are life-threatening in nature. As seen in many Chicago area accidents – including those in Kane County – there is a broad range of injuries that occur that range significantly in severity.
Reasons For Accidents At Intersections
There are many potential causes of crashes at junctions. These reasons include:
Red light running
When a driver runs through a red light, potentially all road users at the intersection can be placed in jeopardy. While red light running has always been a significant traffic safety concern, this traffic safety problem appears to be increasing in frequency. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, deaths caused by drivers running through red lights have recently hit a 10-year high. Further discussion of this type of negligent driving can be seen on the “Red Light Running That Causes Accidents And Injuries” page.
One factor that makes red light running particularly dangerous is that it can be very difficult for other road users to predict when a driver is going to blow through a red light. As well, such drivers are often traveling at higher speeds as they attempt to get through the intersection as quickly as possible. Due to these higher speeds, any ensuing collision will likely cause a serious accident and resulting serious injuries. As well, due to the traffic dynamics of intersections, any such collision caused by a driver disregarding a red light will often result in all vehicle occupants to be subject to strong and unnatural forces during the collision.
When a vehicle hits another vehicle in front of it
Since it is common to have many vehicles stopped at intersections, there is potential for a vehicle to hit the vehicle stopped in front of it. When a vehicle gets “rear ended” the driver and other vehicle occupants can suffer a broad range of injuries. Among the most common injuries is “whiplash.” During whiplash, the vehicle occupants are subject to strong and unnatural forces. However, other injuries can also occur, depending upon various factors.
There can be various reasons as to why a vehicle may hit a stopped (or slowed) vehicle in front of it. Among the most common reasons is that the driver of the rearward vehicle is distracted and as such fails to see the vehicle stopped ahead.
Collisions That Occur When Vehicles Are Turning
Turning vehicles can be involved in a number of different types of accidents. These accidents can include collisions with other vehicles as well as accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians.
Among common intersection collisions involving two vehicles is when the turning vehicle fails to yield to an oncoming vehicle, and a crash occurs. The turning vehicle can either be attempting to make a left-hand turn or right-hand turn.
One of the most serious motorcycle accidents is when a turning vehicle makes a left-hand turn immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle, and a collision occurs. This is a common type of motorcycle accident in Kane County as well as nationally.
Other collisions involve vehicles hitting pedestrians, runners, and bicyclists.
Two common types of bicycle accidents that happen at junctions include “right hook” and “left cross” accidents. In the right hook accident, a vehicle that is attempting to make a right-hand turn hits a bicyclist who is near the right of the vehicle. In making the right-hand turn the driver strikes the bicyclist. Often, this type of crash occurs when the driver of the vehicle is unaware that there is a bicycle rider near the turning vehicle.
In the left cross accident, a vehicle turning left at the intersection hits a bicyclist who is riding straight through the intersection. In this type of crash, the motorist often “doesn’t see” the bicyclist before the collision.
Pedestrians are also vulnerable to being hit by vehicles. One of the most common accidents is when someone attempts to walk across the street “against the light” and gets hit by a passing vehicle.
However, as seen in various Chicago area accidents, walkers have been hit by vehicles as the pedestrian attempts to walk in a crosswalk with the light. These crosswalk accidents often result in serious injuries, and at times fatalities. When a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, serious, wide-ranging injuries can occur. Among the most common injuries are broken bones, chest injuries, contusions and traumatic brain injuries.
Steps To Take If Hurt In An Accident
If hurt in an accident, it is a good idea to take various actions. These actions are meant to accomplish two goals. The first goal is to protect the person’s health. The second goal is to maximize the ability to get injury compensation if the accident was another person’s fault.
There are various reasons for getting a comprehensive medical exam following an accident that has caused injury. This medical exam is typically done at a hospital in the emergency room. This exam seeks to identify all injuries that have occurred, including those that may not be immediately apparent. Once all injuries have been identified, a proper course of medical treatment can be identified and implemented.
Getting the proper amount of injury compensation often becomes a very important issue. Getting proper medical treatment is often expensive. In addition to medical bills, there can be other financial strains that are presented by the accident injuries. For instance, the person hurt may not be able to work while recovering from the injuries. If this is the case there can be lost income.
In accidents that result in a fatality, relevant parties can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party at fault for the accident on behalf of the person who was killed.
Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Joseph Law Group, offers a free initial legal consultation for those who have been injured. He can be reached at any time at (773) 392-8182, or at [email protected]
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