Omaha Intersection Accident Attorney
Automobiles are an indispensable part of life in America. Unfortunately, they also pose a risk to fragile humans. Everyday, avoidable accidents occur on Nebraska highways, causing countless injuries and millions of dollars of damage. And a high percentage of accidents occur at intersections.
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Fortunately, Nebraska has laws that protect victims of car accidents. If you were injured in an intersection-related crash because of what someone else did, the legal team at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. has the experience and resources to handle your case. Call one of our friendly representatives today at (402) 505-8234 to schedule a free consultation with an Omaha car accident lawyer.
It’s no secret that intersections are especially dangerous. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are about 2.5 million accidents ever year nationwide that occur at intersections. That accounts for nearly 40% of the total number of crashes. Only rear-end collisions are more common, and many of them occur at these crossroads. Moreover, 50% of all accidents that are classified as “serious” take place at intersections.
The deadliest intersections seem to have stop signs. Approximately 33% of all intersection crashes, and over 40% of the crashes that involve fatalities, take place at these intersections. The majority of these crashes involve at least one vehicle failing to yield. At stoplights, vehicles running red lights lead to nearly 800 fatalities every year.
What makes intersections so problematic? Because they bring together traffic from multiple directions, there are more opportunities to collide. Some intersections widen out to allow for turn lanes, but many do not, especially two- and four-way stop-sign intersections. Because vehicles are forced to slow down or stop, intersections become more congested than regular lanes of traffic, making accidents more likely.
In addition, different Nebraska cities will have differently designed intersections, especially when leaving a rural area and entering an urban area. Most intersection accidents involve poorly designed intersections, intersections that aren’t able to safely handle the amount of traffic, and drivers who fail to follow the rules.
Intersection accidents can be difficult to resolve. They can involve many different scenarios, and it can be challenging for investigators or insurance companies to get the facts straight.
In many instances, more than one party could be partially at fault. For instance, if one driver was speeding through an intersection while another was making an illegal left turn, it would be hard to definitively say one driver caused the collision. Maybe there was a missing or broken street sign that the city should have fixed, but didn’t.
Distracted driving can be especially troubling at intersections, where extra attention is needed on the part of drivers. Whether it’s texting, talking on the phone, reading the screen, trying to play music, or looking at a map, distracted driving is becoming more and more prevalent.
If you’ve been in an intersection accident and you think the other driver might have been distracted, you’ll need access to cell phone records and user logs to prove the driver was using a phone. This is just one example of what an Omaha personal injury attorney will look for when advocating on your behalf.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, call Bottlinger Law L.L.C. We help victims recover every penny they deserve according to the law. And because we work on a contingency basis, we only get paid if you do. Contact us today at (402) 505-8234 to learn more.
- Intersection Accidents (and How to Avoid Them)
- Roundabout Intersections - Nebraska Department of Transportation
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