The volume of traffic accidents at intersections are not only becoming more common but are also resulting in more serious injuries and fatalities. An intersection is the crossing over of two roads with cars traveling in different directions at the same time. Ordinarily, accidents that occur in an intersection are the result of one driver failing to yield to traffic, due to violating a law or ignoring a traffic sign or signal, among other things. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that almost half of the automobile accidents that occur each year involved a driver failing to yield at an intersection or disobeying a traffic signal.
Intersection accidents are often the result of:
- Improper left turn;
- Speeding through a light;
- Distracted driving;
- Failing to properly stop at a stop sign;
- Fatigued driving;
- Texting while driving; and
- Driving under the influence.
A person that is injured in an intersection crash as a result of someone else’s negligence may recover damages. Negligence is the failure to use the standard of care that a reasonably prudent person under similar circumstances would have used. As a result of this failure, a person was injured. To prove negligence, a person must show:
- The defendant had a duty of care;
- The duty of care was breached;
- The breach was a direct cause of the accident; and
- The Plaintiff was harmed.
If you have been injured in an intersection accident, it is important to contact a New York car accident lawyer, because a personal injury claim must be filed in a timely manner. New York has a three-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident on Long Island, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney who can assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at Levine & Slavit, PLLC have over 60 years of experience representing clients in personal injury actions, including motor vehicle accidents. With offices conveniently located in Long Island and New York City, Levine & Slavit, PLLC represents clients throughout Nassau County and Suffolk County as well as Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. For more information and to schedule a consultation, call (888)-LAW-8088.