While vehicles may be traveling at slower speeds at intersections than on busy highways and winding boulevards or parkways in the Kansas City area, this doesn't mean accidents at four-way stops, traffic lights, and yields are any less severe. The force of impact can still be traumatic depending on the type of collision and reasons behind the incident.
If a negligent driver caused your intersection motor vehicle accident, you could be off work for months or longer recovering from injuries and spend tens of thousands of dollars on medical treatment. After taking care of your health, your next course of action should be to seek legal assistance from an experienced car accident attorney.
Reasons for Intersection Accidents
Driver negligence is often the underlying cause of an intersection accident, but this isn't always the case. Other unsafe driving practices that result in collisions include:
- Running a red light
- Trying to beat a yellow light
- Failing to yield right-of-way to other vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists
- Tailgating or not maintaining a safe distance behind
- Taking on a cellphone, texting, or engaging in other distracted driving practices
- Driving when intoxicated due to alcohol or drugs
- Driving too fast for weather conditions
- Making an unsafe lane change
- Making an improper turn
Other non-driver causes of these tragic collisions involve:
- Lack of vehicle maintenance
- Defective brakes, tires, or other vehicle components
- Obstructed views
- Unclear or missing road signs
- Inadequate lighting
- Defective or non-working traffic signals
- Lack of left-turn lanes at congested intersections
When there's another cause of an intersection crash, other parties could face liability for compensating the accident victim.
For example, if defective brakes or tires caused a collision, the injured person could have a products liability claim against the vehicle and parts manufacturer. When a lack of proper signage or non-working traffic signals led to the accident, a city or other governmental entity could face responsibility. However, special notice requirements and other procedures must be followed when pursing a claim against any governmental entity, which is another reason why it's necessary to retain a lawyer as soon as possible after a car accident.
Collisions in intersections can happen at a variety of sites, such as 64th Street and I-29, 23rd Street and I-435, or Broadway and 5th Street in Kansas City. Some of the types of crashes that can happen include:
- T-bone collision
- Head-on crash
- Rear-end impact
- Multi-vehicle accident
Common Injuries of Intersection Accidents
The injuries victims suffer can be even more catastrophic if they were motorcycle riders, pedestrians, or bicyclists; or the driver was speeding. Resulting health complications include:
- Neck and back injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Knee injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage and bleeding
- Traumatic brain injury and other brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
Evidence to Help Prove Liability in an Intersection Accident
There are many types of evidence collected at the accident scene or soon after that can help you prove the other driver’s negligence, including the following:
- Police report
- Cellphone pictures and videos of the crash
- Witness statements
- Maintenance records for the at-fault driver’s vehicle
- Cellphone records
- Black box data from the negligent motorist's vehicle
- Alcohol and drug test results
- Surveillance tapes from nearby businesses
- Red light and intersection video footage
It's important to collect necessary evidence as soon as possible before it's destroyed or lost. Eyewitnesses could move or their memories may fade if written statements aren't obtained quickly. Business and intersection video footage and black box data could be recorded over if not retrieved quickly.
Let Our Experienced Car Accident Attorneys Negotiate Your Settlement
Our skilled lawyers can help gather the evidence you need to hold the negligent driver and any other liable parties responsible for injury compensation. We have decades of experience helping accident victims in Kansas and Missouri obtain the settlements they deserved.
We offer a free consultation where you can meet with a member of our legal team to have your questions answered and learn about legal options. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your appointment today.