Being injured in a vehicle accident can be overwhelming on physical, emotional, and financial levels. There is already a lot on an accident victim’s mind without factoring in legal matters relating to insurance claims and holding a negligent driver responsible. While healing and seeking proper medical treatment should be you or your loved one’s priority, it is also important to be familiar with your legal rights and options so you can make an informed decision as to whether pursuing a claim or a lawsuit would be the best course of action for your specific situation.
At Reiff & Bily, our car accident attorneys have the experience and skill to successfully represent all types of intersection accidents; whether you were a pedestrian, driver, or vehicle occupant we may be able to help you. Since 1979 our Philadelphia law firm has been successfully representing auto accident cases and recovering for our clients the monetary compensation that they deserve. Call Reiff & Bily today for a free consultation regarding your intersection accident.
Why are Intersections in Philadelphia so Dangerous?
Obviously, there is an inherent increased danger at areas where cars and trucks traveling in opposite directions come together. The trouble is that other factors sometimes negate the safety procedures and laws set up to make intersections safer.
There are a number of causes of intersection accidents that call for an injury victim to seek compensation from negligent parties. Drivers who are intoxicated, for example, are more likely to overlook a stop sign or run a red light. Drivers who are speeding may not have enough time to stop at an intersection. Motorists who are distractedly looking at their cell phone may not even notice the traffic control device until it is too late.
Driver negligence is not the only possible cause of intersection accidents. Some accidents result from dangerous roadway conditions. For example, when the government fails to trim trees around traffic signs, it may be difficult to see the stop sign. Intersections that do not have effective lighting can be dangerous as well. In some cases, intersection accidents result from malfunctioning traffic lights. The way an intersection is designed may also affect important factors such as visibility.
Although some intersection accidents are the result of negligent drivers, some of these accidents occur for other reasons, such as:
- Defective road design
- Broken pavement or debris on the road
- Improperly placed traffic signs
- Poorly timed traffic signals
- Damaged traffic signs
How Common are Intersection Accidents in Pennsylvania?
Across America, 9,210 people died in 2003 after being involved in intersection-related accidents. In the U.S. approximately one-third of all traffic accidents take place at intersections, with almost 3 million intersection-related accidents occurring annually. As a result, intersections are considered to be one of the most unsafe locations on the road because of the high risk for accidents when drivers change lanes, make turns, stop suddenly, or change their speed while in the intersection.
In a recent study of dangerous intersections, it was determined that the following Pennsylvania intersections were among the most dangerous:
- Red Lion Road and Roosevelt Boulevard (Philadelphia)
- Grant Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard (Philadelphia)
- Route 63 and Route 309 (Montgomeryville)
- US 202 and Route 73 (Blue Bell)
Nearly four out of every 10 Pennsylvania car accidents occur at intersections. Failing to yield the right-of-way or to obey traffic signals is a common mistake that can have devastating results. If you or someone you love has been hurt in an intersection accident, it may be in your best interest to discuss your legal options with a skilled Philadelphia injury attorney.
Pennsylvania Intersection Laws
If a motorist failed to follow the below laws or any others, you have the right to seek compensation and file a claim.
Under Pennsylvania statute 3321: “When two vehicles approach or enter an intersection from different highways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.”
Under Statute 3323: “Every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line or, if no stop line is present, before entering a crosswalk on the near side of the intersection.” Drivers are also required to obey all traffic signals, yield signs, crosswalks, and railway crossings.
If You Have Been Injured in an Accident that Occurred in an Intersection
Victims of intersection accidents may suffer from a variety of serious injuries, especially pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists who have very limited protection. Intersection accident injuries may be very painful, and depending upon the type and location of the injury, may require expensive long-term medical treatment. As an auto accident victim, you should hire aggressive legal representation immediately following the accident to ensure that your rights are protected.
Filing a personal injury claim or pursuing a lawsuit for an intersection accident is a major decision. Depending on the circumstances of your particular situation, you may be able to seek money from those responsible for causing your accident. Money may be obtained for economic damages (e.g. lost wages, medical bills) and non-economic damages (e.g. loss of consortium, pain and suffering) that have resulted or may result in the future due to the accident.
Our Philadelphia Intersection Car Crash Lawyers Can Help
The skilled Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Reiff & Bily have the resources and knowledge to build an effective street intersection accident case. We provide our clients with meticulous case evaluation, sensible strategic insight, and candid, timely feedback. It takes a tenacious injury lawyer to stand up and fight against governmental agencies on behalf of injured clients. We have been protecting the rights of accident survivors for over thirty years and have the legal resources and strategies to obtain successful case results. Our lawyers are passionate about what we do and are honored to be the lifeline for our clients.
We will hold the negligent party responsible for the injuries and vehicle damage if any, that they caused. We will thoroughly investigate the accident, and if necessary we will hire auto accident Reconstructionists and other expert witnesses to help prove the case and recover the monetary compensation that you deserve.
Contact us today for a free car accident consultation with one of our experienced Pennsylvania intersection accident lawyers by calling (215) 274-0072 or filling out the contact form above.