Intersection accidents are very common in Texas. The Department of Transportation reported that 814 people were killed in crashed occurring in intersections in 2016. These accidents occur because drivers fail to obey traffic signs, do not yield the right of way and disregard traffic lights.
If you are involved in an intersection accident, it is important to do the following: 1) call the police to write a report; 2) exchange information with the other driver; 3) obtain contact information for any witnesses; 4) take photos of the damage to the vehicles and the scene; and 5) receive the necessary medical treatment.
Intersection accidents can sometimes cause disputed liability or a he said-he said argument about who caused the accident. This is why it is important to call the police who can write a report detailing how the accident occurred and interview potential witnesses.
During the discovery process, otherwise known as the exchange of information timeframe, an attorney can obtain the necessary information to determine fault such as employing an investigator, tracking down witnesses, examining damage to the vehicle and obtaining cell phone records.
In 2013, Houston was named as one of the most dangerous cities for traffic light accidents. The Houston Chronicle recently compiled a list of the 25 most dangerous intersections in Houston. The most dangerous intersection in Houston was Bissonnet and West Sam Houston Parkway. The deadliest intersection in Texas was Bammel North Houston Rd and Sam Houston Parkway.
If you have been involved in an intersection accident, you may be entitled to the following damages:
- Past medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
It is important to consult with an experienced attorney that can assist you on your motor vehicle claim. Statistics have shown that injured claimants with attorneys receive three times the amount of money.