New Jersey Intersection Accident Lawyers
Intersections are some of the most dangerous places for motor vehicle drivers and their passengers, and the focus of many car accident lawsuits. Some 40 percent of the 5.8 million car accidents that happened in 2008 in the United States were at intersections. In New Jersey, these crashes are the third most common type of car/truck accident. Nearly 1,000 people lost their lives from 2008 to 2015, with 209 occurring in 2015 alone. Thirty-five percent of New Jersey fatalities in 2012 can be blamed on these types of collisions. During that same year, Essex, Middlesex and Ocean counties led the state in intersection accident frequency.
These accidents can occur where there are traffic signals (signalized) or where signals are not installed. Because these crashes usually occur when both vehicles are moving, the vehicles involved tend to hit other moving motor vehicles, parked cars, signs or utility and telephone poles. They can happen when turning left across traffic or turning right onto another street, especially if the turn is taken too wide.
Intersection Accident Statistics
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show the frequency of the different causes of these deadly crashes:
- Drivers who just didn’t look carefully enough caused 41 percent of intersection collisions.
- The false assumption of another driver’s intentions caused 8.4 percent.
- Turning with an obstructed view was blamed for 7.8 percent.
- An illegal maneuver caused 6.8 percent.
- Nearly 6 percent were caused by an internal distraction.
- Misjudging another driver’s speed or how far away they were was to blame for 5.5 percent.
Types of Intersection Accidents
The following are the most common types of intersection accidents:
- Turning without ascertaining that there is no traffic coming, which causes a side-impact collision.
- Driving through a red light or stop sign can result in a side-impact or head-on collision.
- Rear-end collisions can occur when a driver is not paying attention to traffic signals or stop signs.
- Failure to yield the right-of-way is another common cause of intersection accidents.
If New Jersey bicyclists, motorcyclists or pedestrians are involved in a crash with a vehicle, they can suffer severe injuries or death because they have no protection. The types of injuries caused by intersection accidents include broken bones, spinal cord trauma, brain injury, burns, paralysis, neck injury or death. Our attorneys have handled countless of such cases and we can help you too.
NJ Intersection Accident Lawsuits
If you or a loved one were seriously injured or killed as a result of an intersection accident in New Jersey, contact Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman. One of our lawyers will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your situation. We will aggressively pursue your rights to the fullest extent of the law to get a fair settlement for your personal injuries or the death of anyone close to you.