Crashes at intersections usually happen quickly and without warning. You could be stopped at a traffic light and be hit from behind by an inattentive driver. You could also be hit by a driver who runs a red light when you have the right-of-way.
Traffic congestion often plays a role in intersection crashes. This is because some drivers fail to yield the right-of-way or simply have a difficult time navigating a complex intersection. Some drivers who are in a hurry may even blow through a light when it is transition from yellow to red.
According to the Star Telegram, the five most dangerous intersections in Fort Worth include:
- Interstate 35 (North Freeway) at Meacham Blvd.
- East Lancaster Ave. at South Sargent St.
- Interstate 20 at McCart Ave.
- Texas 183 at Texas 360
- Riverside Dr. and East Lancaster Ave.
What causes intersection crashes?
Intersection crashes are almost always caused by some kind of negligence or reckless behavior. Common causes include:
- Drivers who fail to stop at a red light
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Braking abruptly
- Driving too fast
- Distracted driving
- Making an improper turn
- Impaired driving
- Drowsy driving
- Mechanical defects, such as brake failure or wheel separation
Intersection crash types
There are generally three different types of intersection crashes. These include (but are not limited to):
- Rear-end collisions: Rear-end collisions at intersections tend to happen when a driver is speeding or inattentive. This can often result in whiplash or more serious spinal injuries.
- T-bone crashes: T-bone crashes happen when a car strikes another car from the side. This often happens when a driver runs a red light or a stop sign. In three-way intersections, it can happen when one driver is making a left turn.
- Head-on collisions: Head-on collisions are typically rare, but they are one of the most devastating crash types. They can happen at an intersection when a driver's car careens out of control or while a driver is in the middle of making a left turn.
What should I do if I was involved in an intersection crash?
If you’ve been in an intersection crash, it's critical that you take these steps if you're able to:
- Call the police to report the crash.
- Call 911 if anyone is seriously injured.
- Take pictures of the crash scene.
- Speak to witnesses.
- Notify your insurance company, but stick to only the basic facts.
- Seek medical attention, even if you don't feel injured.
- Consult with an experienced Fort Worth car accident attorney.
If you were injured in an intersection crash caused by someone else's inattentive or reckless behavior, you may be able to recover money to pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses brought on by your crash.
To learn how, contact Coby L. Wooten, Attorney At Law, P.C. and schedule your free, confidential case evaluation. You can also call our Fort Worth office at 866-408-0940.