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Car Accidents at Intersections: Pedestrians Beware

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car-accidents-pedestrian-injuries-DuPage-County.jpgPedestrians are often in the bulls-eye of danger when it comes to car accidents. Traffic at intersections can be a major area of confusion and concern. About 40 percent of the estimated 5,811,000 crashes that occurred in the United States in 2008 were intersection-related crashes. Although road rules can be seemingly clear, many drivers—for a multitude of reasons—can find themselves involved in a nasty car accident scene.

Sometimes, signage and a lack of courtesy can lead to an accident, but so does negligence. If a driver displayed negligent conduct, and you were injured because of this negligence, then you may have a case.

Being involved and injured in a car accident is a traumatic situation. However, moving forward with a court case can be overwhelming too. Yet having an experienced and diligent car accident attorney by your side increases your chances of a successful litigation to receive compensation for injuries sustained.

What Makes Intersections Prone to Danger?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that accidents often occur at intersections because, “these are the locations where two or more roads cross each other and activities such as turning left, crossing over, and turning right have the potential for conflicts resulting in crashes.”

What makes intersections dangerous can be attributed to several factors including:

  • Speed;
  • Inattention;
  • Recklessness;
  • Traffic control signaling;
  • A pre-crash event;
  • Weather;
  • The profile of the driver i.e., age and gender; and
  • Distracted driving behaviors.

Any of these factors can contribute to an intersection accident. When you consider pedestrian crossings at many intersections, especially in central city areas, pedestrians are sitting ducks. In fact, it is averaged that one crash-related pedestrian death occurs every two hours across the country, on any given day. In 2006, 1,768 pedestrians died on a road or at an intersection where a crosswalk was not provided.

Compassionate Legal Assistance

Being involved in a car accident can leave you hurt and vulnerable. Dealing with your injuries and recovery can take a toll on your mental and physical well-being, not to mention the financial burden that can result when trying to cover the expenses involved in treating your injuries. Seeking professional legal guidance can help guide you in the direction of obtaining financial compensation for you injuries.

The compassionate DuPage County personal injury attorneys at Mevorah Law Offices LLC can assist you with your case. With offices throughout DuPage County, approach them today to assess the merits of your case.

Sources:

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/811366

https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pedestrian_safety/

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