According to the Driving Institute of America, automobile collisions at intersections make up about 40% of all motor vehicle accidents and can result in serious personal injury and even death; usually at least one of the vehicles is traveling at a fairly high rate of speed through the intersection. Some drivers cause intersectional collisions by running red lights or by failing to stop at red lights. When these intersectional accidents occur, one of the cars may be T-boned; T-bone accidents can be deadly since many older model cars do not have side air bags. Another interesting statistic related to intersectional collisions involves the elderly.
Auto Accidents and the Elderly
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers over the age of 70 are more likely to cause an accident at an intersection because of failing to yield the right of way to another vehicle. The study also indicated that older drivers are more likely to be injured or killed in automobile accidents because their age (and the medical conditions that often accompany the aged) makes them more susceptible to serious personal injuries and death when involved in auto accidents.
If you live in Dallas, Texas, you are well aware of the traffic congestion and the number of accidents that occur daily on Dallas roadways. If you have been involved in a car accident in or near Dallas, please call Polewski & Associates today at 972-230-6200 to schedule a confidential consultation.
Auto Accident Injuries
Crowded Dallas intersections are the scene of many car accidents; if victims of intersectional collisions are not killed at the scene or while being treated at the scene or at a hospital, they often suffer the following injuries:
Unfortunately, these injuries usually last a lifetime. If you suffer a brain injury or a spinal cord injury, you may need medical treatment and round-the-clock care for the rest of your life. Just imagine the costs associated with this type of care.
Pedestrian vs Car Accidents
One of the most deadly intersectional collisions is a passenger vehicle versus a pedestrian. Cars turning across oncoming traffic may speed up in order to make the turn quickly but may not see pedestrians crossing the street. You may have even experienced this yourself. How many times have you crossed an intersection and just barely missed hitting a pedestrian? If you have experienced that "near collision," you know well how absolutely terrifying it is to know you just could have killed someone.
Ask for Legal Advice
Because there are so many factors to consider in any automobile accident, it is crucial that you contact an experienced auto accident lawyer at once if you have been involved in a car accident, regardless of who was at fault. Laws vary from state to state, and some cases even have their own set of mitigating circumstances; for this reason, only an experienced car accident attorney can advise you on how to proceed.
If you live in or around Dallas, Texas, please contact Polewski & Associates to schedule a confidential, no-cost consultation. Mr. Polewski has helped thousands of Texans following the traumatic ordeal of a car accident, and he can help you, too. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a car accident, call 972-230-6200 today.