Helping Charleston Car Accident
A street intersection is a pretty crazy place, especially if you are on a major street in a busy city like Charleston! You have cars going every which way, pedestrians are trying to cross, there are signs, lights, maybe even traffic controllers…it’s no wonder so many intersection accidents occur each year!
If you are involved in an intersection accident, it is no joke. Injuries can be quite severe and may reduce quality of life. At fault parties must be held accountable.
The Hopkins Law Firm is a team of Charleston, South Carolina attorneys with years of experience in car accident law. Read on to find out how they can protect your rights if you are injured in an intersection accident.
Causes of Intersection Accidents
A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that 40% of the estimated 5.8 million car accidents that occur in the United States each year are intersection crashes. 96% of those accidents are caused by driver error.
Drivers can make any of the following mistakes when at an intersection to cause an accident:
- Illegal maneuvers such as trying to turn against traffic when he or she doesn’t have the leeway to do so
- Not paying attention to stop signs, lights, and turn signals
- Turning with an obstructed view which may cause them to turn into cars coming their way or pedestrians in the crosswalks of streets they are trying turn into
- Falsely assuming that another car will stop at a stop sign to allow you to make a turn
These accidents often occur because of a driver’s reckless or negligent behavior. Here are some examples of illegal practices that make intersection accidents more likely.
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving distracted
- Driving fatigued
- Aggressive driving
Here are some other factors that may come into play:
- Drivers 65 and over and more likely to be involved in intersection accidents.
- Bicyclists are often injured in intersection accidents.
- Most pedestrian accidents occur when pedestrians are crossing at intersections. Many of these result in fatalities.
- When younger drivers are involved in intersection accidents, it is often due to distracted driving, speeding, making false assumptions, or another driver’s actions or aggressive driving.
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What to Do After Being Involved in an Intersection Accident
There is a lot going on at an intersection. Therefore, it can be difficult to establish what happened and which driver may be at fault.
For those reasons, it is essential for those involved in the accident to start collecting evidence immediately. Here are some steps you should be taking after an intersection accident occurs to build a strong case.
Pictures will serve as strong pieces of evidence after an accident occurs. Use your phone to take shots of the accident from all angles including any signs of damage and injuries.
Get Witness Contact Information
If there are people hanging around the scene, ask them for their contact information. They may be able to provide testimony that will help you win your case.
Get the Insurance Information of Other Drivers
You will also want to get the insurance information and license plates of other drivers. Then you will have access to the proper channels when it comes to going after at fault parties in a court of law.
Seek Medical Assistance
You may not think your injuries are serious enough to warrant a trip to the hospital, but you never know if your condition will get more severe in the coming days. If you wait on seeking medical help and your injuries get worse, it will be difficult for you to tie them to the accident. If you see a doctor immediately, he or she will create a medical record that serves as evidence when it comes to making an injury-accident connection.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Get for an Intersection Accident?
The compensation victims of an intersection accident could receive will vary according to the severity of the injuries incurred. Damages may be paid out for the following:
- Lost wages
- Emotional and physical pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Punitive damages
Hopkins Law Firm Can Represent You in Your Charleston, South Carolina Intersection Accident Claim
A lot of factors come into play in an intersection accident. The right lawyer will eliminate confusion and help you build a strong case that establishes fault so you can get the compensation you deserve.
The Hopkins Law Firm is a family-owned Charleston business that has years of experience representing clients in car accident claims. They will do whatever it takes to see that you are fairly compensated for your damages. They offer a high level of services and will see to it that justice is done.
An intersection accident can result in serious injuries that can reduce quality of life. Do not take it lying down. Call Hopkins Law Firm for a free consultation so you can get the closure you need.Schedule Your Free Consultation
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