Intersection Auto Accidents
Protecting the Rights of Car Crash Victims
The Rudman Law Firm, APC is devoted exclusively to personal injury advocacy and recovery. Our attorneys have more than 75 years of experience guiding auto accident injury victims through equitable insurance settlements and trial. From our Encino office, we serve people throughout Southern California. Our lead attorney is also on the Executive Board of CAALA, having been elected to serve as President in the year 2020 for this organization that helps plaintiffs’ attorneys best serve their clients.
Dynamics of an Intersection Crash
In most intersection crashes one vehicle T-bones the other. Such accidents may occur because a driver proceeds into the intersection against a red light or fails to stop at a stop sign. T-bone accidents can be particularly injurious because the person sitting on the side of the vehicle that is hit often has inadequate protection. Federal law does not mandate side airbags as it does front airbags, although many cars come equipped with this important safety feature.
Head-on collisions also often occur at intersections when one car is struck by oncoming traffic after it crosses the centerline to make a left turn. The cars usually do not collide directly head-on, but rather at an angle, which can deflect the direction of both cars’ travel into the path of other cars or off the road.
Injuries Caused by a T-Bone Automobile Accident
Because of the angle of the impact, a t-boning car causes very specific injuries, which can include soft-tissue damage, herniated disks, bone fractures, and/or brain injury. When the severity of injuries are disputed, our Los Angeles Auto Accident Lawyer can gather evidence to prove that your injuries were caused by your accident. We consult with medical doctors and biomechanical engineers who give expert testimony that your bodily injuries are consistent with a T-bone crash.
Road Design Causes of Collisions at Los Angeles Intersections
Poorly designed intersections can leave drivers vulnerable to crashes. Common road design flaws in L.A. intersections include:
- Broken or absent traffic signals
- Four way stops with no stop signs
- Stop signs blocked by overgrown bushes or other obstructions
- Not using well-designed roundabouts when appropriate
- Dim street lighting
Driver Causes of Accidents at L.A. Intersections
Drivers typically make an error, considered a critical pre-crash event, that makes an auto accident inevitable. Driver mistakes include:
- Crossing the divider lane while making a left hand turn
- Attempting to make a turn despite having an obstructed view
- Running a red light or a stop sign
- Speeding through an intersection
Distractions and impairment contribute to the likelihood of an intersection collision. For example, a texting driver may fail to see the red light in time to stop. A drunk driver lacks the alertness and responsiveness necessary to drive safely.
Get the Help You Need if You Have Been in an Intersection Collision
As an exclusively personal injury law firm, The Rudman Law Firm, APC regularly represents victims of auto accidents, including clients who were T-boned or hit head-on in an intersection collision. To schedule a free case assessment, call our Encino office (818) 769-6969 or toll free at (844) 478-3626 / (844) 4RUDMAN. Under our contingency fee arrangement, we do not charge you for attorneys’ fees unless we have successfully recovered damages on your behalf.