Why Intersection Accidents Happen—And What You Can Do If You’re Hurt

Some cars are turning left, others are going straight, and others are turning right. Some cars are slowing down and others are speeding up. Some cars are changing lanes and others are continuing in their lanes on their way to their destinations.

While traffic lights and traffic signs are in place to help guide traffic safely, sometimes all of these different things—and negligent drivers—can make intersections confusing. Serious crashes and devastating injuries can result.

A truck and car collide at a traffic intersectionWhy Intersection Accidents Happen

Often, a negligent driver is to blame for an intersection accident. An accident can occur, for example, if a driver:

  • Fails to stop for a red light or a stop sign.
  • Makes a right turn without fully stopping or checking for oncoming vehicles.
  • Fails to slow down when approaching the intersection.

These mistakes may occur if a driver is:

  • Distracted.
  • Drowsy.
  • Drunk.
  • Confused.
  • Otherwise negligent.

The negligent driver may not be the only one hurt. Other motorists, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians are also at risk.

What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt in an Intersection Crash

The angle of impact and the force of the collision can result in serious injuries. Some of the injuries that can result from an intersection accident include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, internal injuries and even death.

Accordingly, it is important that a full investigation be done in order to determine the exact cause of the crash and to identify the right defendants. Evidence may include eyewitness testimony, police reports, damage to the vehicles, and footage from traffic flow cameras that are installed at some Anchorage intersections.

The Law Office of Ben Crittenden can conduct this investigation for you and can help you protect your rights to a fair and just recovery after a serious intersection accident. You may have the right to recover compensation for all of your damages including your medical expenses, lost income, out of pocket costs, pain and suffering. To learn more, please read a free copy of A Guide to Car Accidents in Alaska, and contact us directly to schedule your free and confidential consultation.

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