Intersection Collision Attorneys
Serving Kansas City, Independence, Blue Springs & Lee’s Summit
On most occasions, drivers can safely negotiate an intersection with two or more roads. But it’s not hard to understand how turning left, crossing a street or turning right at an intersection can also lead to collisions every day.
In fact, one National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study found that approximately 40 percent of all auto accidents in the U.S. occur at intersections. Unfortunately, driver error is the cause of nearly 96 percent of these intersection accidents, the NHTSA says. In 2011 alone, according to the state’s Highway Patrol, there were 22,631 accidents at Missouri intersections.
The impact injuries resulting from one car slamming into another can range from cuts and bruises to broken bones, damage to internal organs and head or spinal injuries.
If you have suffered these or other injuries in an intersection accident through no fault of your own, The Horn Law Firm, P.C., wants to help you. We are experienced accident lawyers with a record of obtaining results for car crash victims and their families, including more than $3.1 million dollars in “out-of-court” insurance policy limit settlements within the last two years.
Contact us by phone or by using our convenient online form. We can provide you with a free initial consultation and review the legal, medical and insurance issues in your case. We can also explain the options available to you for seeking compensation that can help you to move on.
Why Do Intersection Accidents Occur?
One of the main reasons it is important to contact an experienced accident lawyer from The Horn Law Firm, P.C., is that we offer the ability to thoroughly investigate your crash. Our goal will be to determine who is at fault for the accident and who should be held responsible for paying for your injuries and losses.
When it comes to intersection accidents, our attorneys have found that one of the most common causes of these crashes is the at-fault driver’s negligence while turning or crossing. For instance, the driver may run through a red light or stop sign, make a turn despite having an obstructed view or simply fail to pay attention to others on the road.
In one study, the NHTSA found that drivers making “false assumptions” about another driver’s action can also cause these intersection crashes. For example, the driver may misjudge another vehicle’s speed or the distance between vehicles.
Another study, by the Highway Safety Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, concluded that accidents at intersections are typically side-impact collisions. These are also known as “right-angle” or “T-bone” crashes.
Side-impact collisions can cause severe injuries to drivers and/or passengers because the sides of a motor vehicle offer less protection than the front and rear of a car do.
A car driver or passenger in an intersection accident may suffer any of several types of injury, including:
- Head or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neck injury, including whiplash
- Spine and back injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal organ injuries
- Soft tissue injury (cuts, bruises, tears, sprains, etc.).
Victims of intersection accidents – including pedestrians and bicyclists – can of course be killed instantly or die later from their injuries.
Our Lawyers Help Victims of Intersection Accidents
If we take on your intersection accident case, The Horn Law Firm, P.C., will work diligently to seek maximum compensation for you. This means that we will review all police reports, witness statements, photo evidence, driving records, 911 tapes and other information that is crucial to proving your case. We may also work with an independent investigator or with accident reconstruction experts.
We will meet with medical experts, vocational rehabilitation experts and life-care planners. These professionals can help us to determine the medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages you may be entitled to receive because of your crash.
Our goal will be to compile as much information as possible so that we are in a position of strength when we negotiate with the insurance company. We are always aggressive in seeking full and fair settlements for our clients. If such a settlement cannot be reached, we know we will be prepared to go before a jury to seek a verdict on your behalf.
It’s important to get to work as soon as possible after an auto accident. Don’t delay. Contact us today by phone or our online form to schedule a free review of your case.