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Pittsburgh Intersection Accident Lawyers

The Dedicated Personal Injury Lawyers At Goodrich & Geist, P.C. Will Fight For Your Rights After An Intersection Accident

Hundreds of thousands of accidents occur every year at intersections. Truck, passenger vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents are all highly common at intersections. Anywhere that two roads meet or cross is an intersection. Even though approaching, crossing, and turning at intersections are routine parts of driving for most people, some intersections can be challenging to navigate, and others may pose serious yet avoidable dangers. When different drivers with different levels of driving skill and expertise cross each other in intersections in different types of vehicles, accidents can occur. One National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study found that intersection accidents represented about 40% of motor vehicle accidents in the United States – this amounts to over two million accidents every year. The physical and financial losses that accrue from these accidents run in the hundreds of billions of dollars every year. If you were involved in an intersection accident, contact the Pittsburgh Intersection Accident Lawyers with Goodrich & Geist, P.C. to file a claim.

How Intersection Accidents Occur And How Our Trusted Attorneys Can Help

Intersections are usually two-, three-, or four-way crossings of roads, but roundabouts, on- and off-ramp interchanges, and where your private driveway meets the road are also classified as intersections. Intersection accidents can involve heavy commercial trucks, school buses, small and large passenger vehicles, delivery vans, motorcycles, and pedestrians. They can lead to serious long-term physical injuries and are often lethal, with roughly 7,000 people losing their lives every year in intersection accidents, as per the NHTSA.

Causes of intersection accidents and the factors that can contribute to an accident include the following:

Other causes of intersection accidents include:

For some of these factors, the primary cause of the accident is clear. For example, if a speeding, distracted, or drowsy driver runs a stop sign, a red light, or does not yield when entering an intersection, assigning fault to such a driver is fairly straightforward. However, accidents caused by visual obstructions such as overgrown shrubbery and accidents that occurred because important roadway signs were knocked down can be harder to assign to any single party. The same applies to vehicle maintenance issues which may be the fault of a vehicle owner, operator, or maintenance crew.

Here is how our Pittsburgh Intersection Accident Lawyers and our auto accident team can help you.

Types Of Intersection Accidents That The Pittsburgh Intersection Accident Lawyers Team Can Handle For You

Vehicles can strike each other, pedestrians, or roadside property in many different ways. Here are a few examples.

Our Dedicated Pittsburgh Intersection Accident Lawyers Are Here to Help

Whether your intersection accident was caused by a mechanical failure, driver errors, or roadway issues, we are here to help. Contact the Pittsburgh Intersection Accident Lawyers at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. for a free case evaluation. We will walk you through what you need to know about your case and will fight for the compensation you are entitled to.

Frequently Asked Questions About Intersection Accidents

FAQ: Who is at fault for an intersection accident where the traffic lights are not working?

It depends on why the light was out and how the accident occurred. Weather, electrical issues, and accidents are some of the ways that traffic control signals and the infrastructure that supports and powers them can be damaged. When traffic lights are out, the rule is that you must completely stop at the intersection and treat the light as if it was a stop sign.

FAQ: Do I have to stop at an intersection that is not controlled by lights or a stop sign?

These intersections are called uncontrolled intersections. The rule of thumb is as above: you must treat the intersection as if it has a stop sign. If it is a two-way or four-way stop, the relevant stop sign rules apply, with the driver who arrives first – or the driver on the left if two vehicles arrive at the intersection at the same time – having the right of way.

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