Intersections create the potential for conflicts between drivers and are hotspots for car, truck and motorcycle accidents. Data shows that more that 50% of both injury and fatal accidents occur at or near intersections, making safe intersection design, maintenance and traffic controls extremely important.
Ninety-six percent of intersection-related crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), can be attributed to drivers. Less than 3% of these crashes can be primarily blamed on the vehicle or the environment. In other words, if there is a crash at an intersection, human error is almost always to blame. When an intersection crash occurs in Irvine, understanding California’s traffic and accident laws is essential.
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What causes an intersection accident?
Nearly all of the intersection accidents studied by the NHTSA were attributed to drivers. A more detailed breakdown shows which specific driver actions cause intersection accidents:
- Inadequate look out
- False assumption of other’s action
- Turned with obstructed view
- Illegal maneuver
- Internal distraction
- Misjudgment of gap or other’s speed
The vast majority of all intersection accidents, according to data provided by the California Highway Patrol, occur during daylight hours. It’s not surprising that most of these accidents happen during the time of greatest traffic volume.
Get Legal Help from an Experienced Auto Accident Lawyer in Irvine
Under California law, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries and damages that result from an intersection accident even if you are partly to blame for the crash. If, of course, if you did nothing wrong and were struck by another motorist at an intersection, the other driver will be held fully accountable for any losses you suffer, provided their culpability can be proven. It may also be possible to sue a state or local government entity for designing a dangerous intersection or failing to maintain a traffic light.
Avrek Law Firm’s personal injury attorneys in Irvine fight aggressively on behalf of those injured by another driver’s negligence. We proudly serve Irvine and surrounding areas, including Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Tustin and greater Orange County. For a free case consultation and to discuss your particular options, call our office or complete the online form today.