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Who Is at Fault in a Car Accident at an Intersection?

Determining who is at fault in a car accident requires you to identify who acted unreasonably in the circumstances (what is known as negligence under the law), and damage to others.

Unreasonable conduct can include aggressive, distracted, or intoxicated driving, among other things. Damage can be many things from bodily injury to car damage, from disability to disfigurement, and much more.


Do Most Car Accidents at Intersections Involve Oncoming Traffic, a Blown Stop Sign, or Some Other Factor?

Like any car accident, an intersection accident can arise in an innumerable ways and involve one or many different circumstances. A stop sign, traffic control device, red light, improper left turn, or anything else could trigger it.

In our experience, here are some of the most common reasons that intersection collisions or intersection accidents happen:

  • The other driver was not paying attention.
  • The other vehicle suddenly pulls out in front of you.
  • The motorists weren't driving straight through the intersection.
  • They were going in the opposite direction of traffic.
  • The vehicle's speed was too high (per screen screeners, the police reports, etc)
  • The car ahead stops too fast.
  • They were ignoring red light, green light, or yellow light signals of traffic control devices.
  • They blew through a stop sign.

Talk to our personal injury lawyers when determining fault for car accident victims after intersection accidents. We can see if the intersection collision had to do with a stop sign, red light, or something else. Then, a car accident lawyer from our law firm can give you a free consultation about the accident and your rights against the other car driver.

In that call, an experienced personal injury attorney can review the serious personal injuries the other driver caused in the accident at an intersection. We will also review all traffic laws related to the traffic accident in order to determine fault for the vehicles involved at the accident scene.

Then, after looking at all the evidence, we can possibly file a personal injury claim on your behalf stating someone else was at fault in an intersection car crash. This will allow you to obtain relief and money for your harms.

What Injuries Are Common in an Intersection Collision?

Most motor vehicle accidents present the driver and passenger with substantial risk of injury, no matter the way the accident happens. The vehicle moves with so much force-due to its size and speed-that even death is on the table under certain circumstances.

If the driver fails to take proper precautions, then they could open up every involved to dangers like the following:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Scarring
  • Back and shoulder damage
  • Knee trauma
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Eye loss
  • Hand, wrist, or finger injuries
  • Death

This list could go even longer if the accident is bad enough. These collisions are extremely dangerous, and you need to take safety measures to prevent them. Should you find yourself in an accident like this, though, you need to get medical attention to find out what happened.

Understanding how an accident injured you is one of the biggest keys to making a legal claim for relief. In a free case evaluation, our law group can offer you further guidance on how to proceed after such an accident.

Who Is Responsible for Intersection Accidents?

The party at fault in a crash is called the negligent driver. They are assigned contributory negligence if their conduct was unreasonable for the circumstances and caused the crash. Further, it must have caused the plaintiff's injuries and subsequent damages.

Of course, if the defendant offers a defense to the plaintiff's contentions, they could avoid these charges. Normally, the other driver will cry that someone else was to blame or that the plaintiff did not suffer any actual damages.

When determining fault in an intersection car accident or other intersection collisions, we have a lot of evidence at our disposal, including these:

  • Property damage
  • Medical bills, medical treatment, medical records
  • Witness statements about oncoming traffic and other issues
  • Traffic lights history
  • Physical evidence of the accident or other vehicles
  • Injuries sustained
  • Placement of stop signs
  • Other physical and circumstantial evidence

Of course, we also need to reference the serious injuries caused by the at fault driver or other driver. This gets to the general effect and consequence of the ...

Get a free consultation on how to prove fault to obtain just compensation and fair compensation under Illinois law.

We work with all kinds of cases involving standard and contributory negligence like a rear end collision, t bone accident, distracted driving, rear end accident, side impact crashes, complete stop crashes, an intersection collision and more.

We have experience marshaling evidence to the plaintiff's advantage like red light or green light evidence, traffic control device signals, accident report, stop sign adherence failure, accident scene investigation, police report, damage from vehicles involved.

This is really just the start too. Call us to learn more today and get your case on the right track.

What Compensation Can You Get in an Intersection Accident?

Any award or settlement you receive following a car collision around an intersection will tie directly how the events harmed you and cost you. You can use other cases as a guide but they do not control or direct your specific recovery and that is important to remember.

That being said, there are a few areas of damages that most plaintiffs routinely collect here.

  • First, you can solicit compensation for your out-of-pocket expenses like healthcare, property losses, and missed paychecks or income.
  • Second, you can seek damages for your intangible losses like disability, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and lost quality of life.
  • Third, you can collect punitive damages if the defendant's conduct was outrageous.
  • Fourth, and finally, you can obtain wrongful death damages if you lost a loved one in the events.

Call us for a free case evaluation to learn about your rights against the other driver after an intersection crash like a t-bone accident, rear end accidents, or similar events. Our attorneys can discuss the facts of your case with you and quickly determine your rights and ability to recover.

The Case Value of Your Car Accident Lawsuit

"How much is my car accident case worth?" Clients ask us this question all the time. We understand their focus on recovery because a case can take time and lots of energy. Also, most victims of car accidents have substantial injuries and costs that they wish to recoup.

In the previous section, we outlined the general areas of relief that you can petition in court for but now we want to address certain factors that may bolster your claims, including:

  • Serious personal injuries including scarring, head wounds, amputations, or even death.
  • Large medical expenses for things like surgery or rehabilitation.
  • Long-term impact on quality of life including pain or disability.
  • Lost income from work absences or missed investment opportunities.
  • Impaired personal and familial relationships.
  • Reckless and punitive conduct on behalf of the defendant.

Contact us today to sit down and look at the facts of your motor vehicle collision. This can help avoid blind spots so you can include all facts that contribute positively to your recovery. Certain factors help more than others and we can try and spot them for you.

How an Attorney Can Help in Your Car Accident Claim

While it is entirely possible and completely your right to pursue justice and compensation on your own, most people engage the services of personal injury lawyers for their car case. There are a lot of reasons for this.

This type of litigation is normally burdensome and tedious. Frankly, there is a lot to do and it takes a lot of time and resources to do it. The work also requires a fair amount of sophistication and experience, like these tasks:

  • Investigating the scene of the accident
  • Figuring out how the driver caused the collision
  • Organizing all of the evidence and supporting facts
  • Writing a complaint or claim
  • Preparing and advocating the case at trial

As a victim of a motor vehicle collision, you will probably be concerned with your health and safety, returning to work, and tending to your family. This shows how an attorney can clearly and distinctly assist you during this time of need by advocating your claim for you.

Auto Collision Case Summaries

To give you a better sense of the type and amount of relief and financial compensation available in Illinois and other states, we have organized the following settlement and verdict summaries:

$639,000 Settlement:

The 44-year-old plaintiff was riding in the back of his friend’s car when they were rear-ended at a stop sign west of Chicago. He suffered herniated discs, back trauma, and facial lacerations-medical expenses totaling about $250,000.

Doctors diagnosed him with radiculopathy and spinal damage at LF and performed surgery on his spine and back. He had permanent damage to his back and needed long-term medical treatment (steroid injections).

He settled with the driver’s insurance company for $639,000.

$100,000 Settlement:

This automobile accident occurred in downtown Chicago. The plaintiff, a man in his late forties, was being driven by a cab to a social engagement. The defendant crashed into his car while attempting to make a left-hand turn through an intersection.

The plaintiff sustained whiplash, a broken collarbone, and a concussion. He racked up tens of thousands of dollars in medical expenses and other harms and losses, not to mention substantial pain and suffering.

In the end, the parties were able to work out a settlement to end the protracted litigation for the amount of $100,000 in financial compensation.

$675,000 Settlement:

The plaintiff, a man in his early fifties, was sitting quietly at a red light when the defendant rear-ended him while attempting to turn left through an intersection. The plaintiff suffered several personal injuries including whiplash, a concussion, and cervical radiculopathy.

The bill for the medical expenses alone was more than $225,000. While the defendant initially balked at any talk of settlement negotiations, the two sides were finally able to come to an agreement.

The plaintiff received the sum of $675,000 for his economic and non-economic damages.

$100,000 Settlement:

The defendant blew through a stop sign and t-boned the plaintiff’s car, a 34-year-old man. He broke his hip and damaged soft tissue in his back-totaling $11,000 in medical expenses.

The woman denied where the incident occurred but did not dispute overall fault. Therefore, counsel for the two sides both engaged in negotiations to settle the dispute. The man received $100,000 for his pain, suffering, and costs.

$350,000 Settlement:

The plaintiff was parked at a red light on the south side of Chicago when the defendant rear-ended him. He sustained whiplash and other cervical injuries.

He needed back and spinal surgeries totaling over $100,000 in medical expenses. To make up for these pain and costs, he sued the defendant.

The defendant did not have the necessary funds to cover the plaintiff’s damages. However, his insurance carrier covered the gap and the plaintiff obtained $350,000 in settlement compensation.

Talk to Our Auto Accident Attorneys Today

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help you if you were injured in an accident near or at an intersection. Illinois law allows crash victims to recover for their damages after these kinds of incidents.

Call us to schedule a no-obligation consultation to go over your rights under the law and what you could obtain from the responsible driver. We work on contingency so our legal services are free if we are not successful.

Call us to find out what you could recover. You can speak to us 24/7 by calling (888) 424-5757.

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