With drivers often turning left, turning right, or crossing over intersections, there is a high opportunity for collision accidents to occur. Continue reading to learn the most frequent causes of intersection collisions and how an experienced Kaufman County, Texas car accident lawyer of Harrell & Paulson, LLP, can represent you in the unfortunate event that you receive an injury in one.
What are the most common causes of intersection collisions in the state of Texas?
Rarely, intersection collision accidents can be blamed on faulty traffic control devices, car mechanical issues, or otherwise external factors. Frequently, the fault can be pointed toward the actions of a negligent driver. Such negligent actions include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The driver conducted insufficient surveillance of the intersection before crossing or turning.
- The driver made false assumptions about the other driver’s actions when crossing or turning at the intersection.
- The driver made a misjudgment of a gap or the other driver’s speed when crossing or turning at the intersection.
- The driver was distracted by texting, eating, navigating a GPS, etc., when crossing or turning at the intersection.
- The driver was recklessly speeding when crossing or turning at the intersection.
- The driver had an obstructed view when crossing or turning at the intersection.
- The driver recklessly made an illegal maneuver to cross or turn at the intersection.
What should I do if I receive an injury in an intersection collision?
With a head-on or side-impact collision, the force of the vehicles involved alone can lead to serious injuries. Such injuries include brain or spinal cord injuries, and even serious fractures to the lower body.
If this situation applies to you, then you should not hesitate in filing a personal injury claim. This is especially because the Texas courts will not tolerate excuses from the negligent driver that they did not see your car or that your car “came out of nowhere.” Therefore, so long as you can satisfy the burden of proof, you will have a strong claim on your hands. You must follow the below procedure immediately after your accident to collect sufficient evidence:
- Call 911 so that a police report can be conducted and so that an ambulance can be dispatched to the scene.
- Take photos and videos of your injuries, damages, and any hazards that may have contributed to the accident.
- Record the contact information of the other driver and any present witnesses.
- Seek medical treatment at the scene and follow-up appointments so that medical documents can be gathered.
- Employ a skilled Kaufman, Texas personal injury attorney before the statute of limitations which, in the state of Texas, is typically two years from the date of your accident.
Contact Our Kaufman County Firm Today
For vigorous defenses for personal injury, criminal, divorce, or estate planning matters, contact Harrell & Paulson, LLP today to schedule your free case evaluation.