Intersection accidents can be particularly dangerous because of the way that the cars generally collide. When a vehicle hits something head-on or is rear-ended, there is a significant amount of material designed to crumple on the car, which in turn reduces the shock that the passengers must absorb. However, intersection accidents typically mean that one car (and too often, the car who is passing through the intersection legally) is struck on the side, where there is very little protection other than side-impact airbags.
Of course, this is not to say that those who are passing through an intersection with the right-of-way do not collide with vehicles in other ways, and no matter how the collision occurs there is a major risk of injury for everyone involved. If you have been in an accident with someone who failed to properly yield or stop at an intersection, you likely have a strong case for personal injury damages that exceed the amount that an insurance company will initially offer you.
Read more below about how we can help you get the money that you deserve after suffering from these injuries. Contact us now for a free initial consultation where you will be able to speak to our team about your accident, your injuries, the impact that it has had on your life, and learn about the immediate steps we can take with you to get you on the path towards justice.
Who Is At Fault In an Intersection Accident?
Every intersection has an established set of rules for how traffic should proceed, whether it is with yield signs, stop signs, or traffic lights. No matter what type of traffic rule is imposed on the intersection that you were in a crash at, it should be fairly simple to determine who violated the rules and acted negligently. In many cases, especially in San Diego, intersections have traffic cameras that can help establish fault with clear proof.
In cases where there are no traffic cameras, we will have to rely on police reports, eyewitness accounts, your own personal statement, the statements of the other driver, possible arrest records, and anything else that supports your case. We will work with you to identify the steps we will need to take in order to build a clear case.
How Are Personal Injury Amounts Calculated?
Personal injury damages are separated into two types: economic and non-economic. Economic damages include anything that comes with a measurable dollar value loss or expense, such as medical bills and lost wages, as well as any possible future lost income and possible future medical costs. Non-economic damages, however, are intended to calculate a dollar amount for intangible impacts such as the actual pain and suffering that a victim must endure. In order to reach a dollar value for these issues, a San Diego car accident attorney will work through a variety of factors that will help them seek the maximum amount of money that you are owed for your suffering. The factors that your attorney will consider all depend on your specific circumstances, but each will be with the intention to get the most amount of money possible for you.
Contact Us Today To Speak With a San Diego Car Accident Lawyer
After you have addressed your immediate medical issues, one of the most important steps that you can take in this situation is to begin working with an experienced car accident attorney to quickly identify the path towards financial compensation. You will need to work with an insurance company as soon as possible, and they will be actively working to limit the amount that you will receive while also protecting their own legal interests.
With the help of an attorney, you will be able to navigate a series of negotiations and work towards a settlement agreement. If we are unable to reach an agreement out of court, our next option will be to file a full lawsuit and prepare for trial, which we are very experienced with and will be happy to represent you through.