Modesto Intersection Accident Attorney
Fighting for Fair & Just Compensation for Californians
Intersections are one of the most dangerous areas for traffic accidents. Even small intersections involve several traffic activities potentially occurring simultaneously, such as making a left or right turn, crossing, stopping, yielding to pedestrians or other cars, and so on. It’s no wonder nearly half of all car accidents in the U.S. occur at intersections.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an intersection accident in Northern California, you may be eligible to receive compensation to cover your accident-related expenses.
Our Modesto car accident attorney at Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis will fight for you to ensure you receive the settlement you deserve, even if it means going to court. We won’t quit until you are set up to make the best possible recovery from your injuries and other losses.
Intersection Accident Statistics
In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) used data collected from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and National Automotive Sampling System General Estimates System (NASS-GES) to determine that about 40% of motor vehicle accidents across the United States that year were intersection-related crashes.
That year was in no way an anomaly—it is estimated that nearly half of all traffic accidents every year in the U.S. are intersection related, making these accidents the second leading cause of car crashes after rear-end accidents. This totals to about 2.5 million intersection accidents per year.
Leading Causes of Intersection Accidents
Intersections involve so many moving parts that it takes careful attention to pass through them safely. Unfortunately, even the most defensive drivers can be crashed into by other irresponsible and reckless motorists.
Some of the most common mistakes motorists make at intersections include:
- Misjudging a lull in traffic or another car’s speed while turning, especially to the left
- Misjudging another driver’s action while turning right at a stop sign
- Not paying attention while crossing over intersections
- Performing illegal maneuvers, whether accidentally or on purpose
- Turning where oncoming traffic is blocked by an obstruction
Intersection accidents are also often caused by negligent driving behaviors such as:
- Aggressive driving
- Distracted driving (including texting while driving)
- Driving at normal speeds despite dangerous weather
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Driving under the influence of drugs (legal, illegal, or prescription)
- Drowsy driving
Is It Worth Hiring a Modesto Intersection Accident Lawyer
If you were involved in an intersection accident that was caused by little or no fault on your part, you may be eligible for compensation. You can bring a lawsuit against the negligent driver and their insurance company; if you win, you will be awarded a settlement that will cover your medical bills, car repairs, and other damages you suffered as a result of the accident. We can also help you file a wrongful death claim if you have lost a loved one as a result of the car accident.
While you can handle a personal injury claim on your own, we recommend having a lawyer on your side. The aftermath of an intersection accident can involve medical exams, insurance claims, pain and suffering, and stress—why add complicated legal paperwork and investigations to your already packed to-do list?
Unless you are familiar with legal terms and procedures, it is best to have a lawyer take care of the personal injury side of things while you concentrate on making a recovery.
At the Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis, we provide compassionate and thorough representation to California accident victims. We have over 20 years of experience, are available 24/7, and offer both English and Spanish speaking services. We also offer free consultations to all new clients with no obligation, so you can decide for yourself whether we are the right fit for you and your case.