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Intersection & Stoplight Car Accident Lawyers: Chicago, Illinois

intersection car accidentsThe auto accident lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC recognize the dangers of intersection collisions and serious accidents.

Our legal team is committed to helping people injured in Chicago intersection car accidents get the compensation they deserve from responsible drivers.

The Chicago car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC know the tactics used by auto insurance companies to handle personal injury claims related to these collisions. We are committed to getting you the most favorable recovery via a negotiated settlement or jury verdict in court.

As with all our motor vehicle injury cases, we handle Chicago intersection accident cases on a contingency fee basis. We only receive a legal fee when we are successful in obtaining financial compensation on your behalf.

Intersection Stoplight Car Accident FAQs

How do You Prove You Did not Run a Red Light in an Accident?

If you have been cited for running a red light and causing an accident, you might need to prove your innocence to avoid a citation or civil action. If available, speak to eyewitnesses, file a police report, and capture photographic evidence of the accident scene.

An attorney working on your behalf can obtain video camera surveillance footage of the intersection, if available. Your attorney can also submit a report to the police showing detailed property damage from the car repair shop.

What do You do if You Accidentally run a red Light?

If cameras were installed at the intersection and captured you running a red light, you will most likely receive a ticket in the mail. If you partially ran through a red light, stop when you can, and take evasive action to ensure that others remained safe.

If you made a through the intersection, no images were captured, there was no property damage, and no one was hurt, you can continue on your way unless pulled over by law enforcement.

How His Fault Determined in an Accident?

Law enforcement and insurance companies typically determine who was at fault for the accident based on negligence. Generally, one or more drivers failed to exercise caution at a level that any reasonable individual would have done under the same circumstance.

An insurance company might require a comprehensive investigation to determine which party was at fault, especially in questionable accidents occurring during adverse weather conditions or unfavorable roadways.

How bad is Running a red Light?

Motorists who run red lights kill hundreds of people and injured tens of thousands of people each year. Approximately half of all the wrongful deaths caused by red-light runners include bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcycles, and others hit in intersections.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 140,000 people suffered minor to severe injuries in crashes in 2018 that occurred from motorists running red lights.

What if the Light Turned red While You’re in the Intersection?

In most jurisdictions, a light turning red while you are still in the intersection implies you likely had ample time to come to a complete stop at the crosswalk before the light changed. Most times, the local law enforcement filing a report will ticket you for running a red light and failing to obey an operating traffic control signal.

Intersection Accident Data Confirms Dangers

The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that forty percent of all auto accidents occur at intersections. More than 2.3 million crashes occur at intersections nationwide, causing more than 7,000 fatalities and 700,000 serious injuries each year.

In Illinois, 27.2% of motor vehicle fatalities in 2018 happened at intersections. Many of these accidents could have been avoided according to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

Chicago Motor Vehicle Intersection Crashes

Many Chicago area intersection auto accidents involve conflicting accounts of how a collision occurred. While one driver might claim that there was a red light, the other driver might say otherwise.

Even in situations when police report squarely put the responsibility on one driver, the at-fault driver’s insurance company might evaluate the case differently and attempt to share fault with another party.

Having prosecuted many contested liability automobile accident cases successfully, our attorneys quickly move to secure the evidence necessary to address allegations of comparative fault preemptively. We will secure witness statements, red light camera images, cell phone records, and police reports to establish liability.

After our personal injury lawyers establish liability, we then address damages related to your injuries. We get all medical records, medical bills, and other medical expenses incurred in the past or expected in the future to the insurance company for the responsible party so the case can be evaluated quickly.

The most common causes of car accident injuries involve the impact of head-on collisions, hit-and-run crashes, and rear-end collisions. Many driving accident victims are left with years of medical treatment to heal from their severe injuries, including:

  • Spinal cord damage
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ damage
  • Fractures and crushed broken bones

Illinois Law Applicable to Control of Intersections

It is vital to understand traffic rules before determining fault with so many motor vehicle accidents happening at these road junctions, many resulting in injury or death. Most intersection auto accidents, truck crashes, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents happen because one or more drivers made poor decisions before proceeding safely.

This poor judgment or recklessness can lead to motor vehicle drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists being injured when motorists do not obey the laws that apply to right-of-way, posted speed limits, and traffic control devices.

According to Illinois state law, crosswalk intersection right-of-way requires people to yield to the person to your right or to whoever approached the intersection, stop sign, and traffic signal first.

(625 ILCS 5/11-901) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-901) Sec. 11-901.

“Vehicles approaching or entering an intersection. (a) When two vehicles approach or enter an intersection from different roadways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left must yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right. (b) The right-of-way rule declared in paragraph (a) of this Section is modified through highways and otherwise, as stated in this Chapter. (Source: P.A. 76-1739.)”

Types of Intersection Car Accidents

Every intersection creates hazards that could cause a minor or horrific traffic accident. Four-way stops, whether controlled by traffic signs or traffic lights, can be dangerous due to the volume of cars passing through them and the actions they might take.

  • U-turns – According to Illinois state law, drivers cannot make a U-turn within 100 feet of an intersection unless official signs are posted stating that the driver can do so.
  • Running a stoplight or stop sign – Drivers who do not obey red light signals or stop signs are often at fault for intersection accidents. “T-bone” accidents occur when vehicles collide perpendicularly.
  • Uncontrolled intersections – Multiple vehicles arrive an uncontrolled intersection with no signs or lights to direct traffic mandate that every driver follow the rules of right-of-way. Statistics show that on average, about forty percent of all traffic-related deaths involved intersection fatalities. The annual number of deaths has doubled since the early to thousands.
  • Turning at an intersection – According to the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey, gathering information on crashes that happened between 2016-2018, turning at an intersection was responsible for more than twenty-two percent of intersection crashes during that time frame.

Unfortunately, due to no small number of intersection car crashes in congested cities like Chicago, there is also a large amount of property and personal injury claims to compensate injured victims.

Every accident victim of an auto intersection accident, whether they are a driver, a passenger in a car, a pedestrian, or a bicyclist, deserves to receive compensation for their losses and injuries.

Chicago Intersection Auto Accident Injury Lawyers Committed to Your Case

The Chicago car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are experienced in all aspects of Chicago auto injury claims and can negotiate the best settlement for your injuries or a loved one’s wrongful death. As with all our personal injury cases, our law office charges a fee after securing damages on your behalf when resolving your intersection auto accident case.

Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation. Your personal injury attorney will ensure you receive maximum compensation to cover your medical expenses, hospitalization costs, property damage, pain, and suffering.

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