Let a Fort Lauderdale Auto Accident Lawyer Manage Your Intersection Accident Claim
Intersection accidents are one of the most common types of car accidents in Florida. According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles statistics, there were more than 300,000 car accidents that happened in a Florida intersection last year. Of those accidents, 30% of them resulted in injuries or fatalities.
The most common causes of Intersection Accidents are:
- Running the red light
- Lane changes while traveling through an intersection
- Failure to Obey traffic control signals
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Improper turns and U turns in an intersection
Running a red light continues to be the most common cause of Florida intersection accidents. According to the Automobile Association of America (AAA), Florida has the fifth highest number of fatal red-light intersection car accidents in the US. Nationally, fatal accidents which occur after a driver runs a red light is at a 10-year high. AAA estimates that 2 people every day dies as a result of a driver running a red light.
The statistics for people that get injured by another driver running a red light are much higher. Red light runners in intersections account for more than half of all intersection car accidents. The remainder of intersection car accidents in Florida is split evenly between improper lane changes in an intersection, improper turns in an intersection, excessive speed and failing to obey a traffic signal. No matter what causes the intersection accident you are involved in, it’s always best to contact a Fort Lauderdal automobile accident lawyer to best establish liability for the accident.
How Do You Prove Who is at Fault for a Florida Intersection Car Accident?
After an intersection accident, it may be tough to understand your accident claim. Multiple vehicles are typically involved, and it may be hard to know what caused the accident. When you hire an experienced car accident attorney, here are some of the evidence they will examine:
- Witness Statements – If your accident happens in a busy intersection, the odds of you being able to obtain evidence in your favor is good. Busy intersections typically have many other drivers that can may see the accident occur, and can act as a witness. It is critical to identify any persons near an intersection crash that may have seen the accident, and speak to them about what they saw. The Maus Law Firm will typically contact any witnesses to an intersection crash to obtain a recorded statement. People disappear and memories fade over time, so it is important to preserve witness testimony as quickly as possible.
- Surveillance Cameras – busy intersections are typically surrounded by businesses. Video surveillance cameras have become very popular for protecting businesses from theft and other types of property crime. Many of these video surveillance cameras will be pointed at the road in order to capture the entrance and exit of vehicles going to the business. These cameras often will capture most of the roadway near the business, and be able to record exactly how your accident happened. Once again, it is critical to locate any surveillance cameras as soon after your accident as you can as most cameras will tape over the recording after a certain period of time.
- Black Box/GPS Data – Many newer vehicles contain event data recorders (“EDR”), otherwise known as the “black box”, that can provide critical information as to how an intersection crash occurred. EDR’s are triggered by electronically sensed problems occurring in the engine, or sudden changes in wheel speed. Global Positioning Systems (“GPS”) can also provide data to determine a vehicle’s path and speed before, during and after a Florida intersection accident occurs. It will usually require an expert data retrieval person to obtain this type of information, but it can provide critical facts in establishing who is at fault in a Florida intersection crash accident.
- Light Sequencing – Most busy intersections have light sequencing based upon traffic flow. This means that certain lights will turn green, yellow, red, or a turn signal for a certain period of time. At the same time, other lights in the intersection are changing color too. The pattern of when lights change color in an intersection is known as light sequencing. The light sequence for busy intersections in South Florida can be obtained from Florida Department of Transportation or the County. These light sequences can prove or disprove whether a driver had the right of way after causing an intersection crash.
How Do You Make A Claim For Injuries From An Intersection Crash?
It can be difficult to prove who is at fault in an intersection crash. To make a claim for injuries you suffered in an intersection crash, our South Florida accident attorneys caution you to follow these steps:
- Take photographs of the accident scene
- Call the Police to make sure a crash report is written
- Get the names and addresses of any witnesses at the scene that may have seen the accident occur
- Seek medical attention as soon as you can and report all injuries no matter how minor you think they may be.
For a free, no-obligation consultation about your rights after an intersection crash, contact the Maus Law Firm.