Intersection Accident Lawyers Serving Spartanburg and Greenville, S.C.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 40 percent of U.S. crashes occur at intersections. In a recent year, intersection crashes resulted in more than 12,500 deaths and 1.4 million injuries.
Intersections demand maximum driver attention. A lapse in attention, distraction or an illegal maneuver can lead to an accident. In some instances, a crash may be due to a lack of traffic controls at the intersection.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in an intersection crash in Spartanburg, Greenville or elsewhere in Upstate South Carolina, the law firm of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., can review your case. We will examine whether another driver is to blame for the accident and seek full compensation on your behalf. Contact us today to learn more.
Why Do Intersection Accidents Occur in Upstate South Carolina?
There are generally three types of intersection crashes:
- T-bone / side-impact collisions – These crashes tend to occur when one vehicle cuts across the path of another, such as when a driver runs through a red light or stop sign. Because the sides of a vehicle offer little protection, these accidents can cause severe injuries.
- Head-on collisions –These accidents tend to occur at intersections when a driver tries to make a turn instead of yielding to oncoming traffic.
- Rear-end collisions – Although these crashes are rarely fatal, they can result in serious injuries such as whiplash. These tend to occur at intersections due to the rear driver’s inattention, tailgating or speeding.
According to one NHTSA study, the types of driver error that most often lead to these crashes include:
- Inadequate observation
- False assumption of another driver’s action
- Obstructed view
- Illegal maneuver
- Internal distraction
- Misjudgment of a gap or another driver’s speed.
Motorists and their passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians may all be injured in an intersection crash.
Some crashes may occur because state or local officials have simply ignored the need to install traffic controls or change an intersection’s design. A poorly designed intersection can be one that obstructs traffic or allows drivers to become easily confused.
In 2014, a study was launched to identify the most dangerous intersections in Greenville. A news report about the study cited intersections such as Haywood Road at I-385 and Wade Hampton Boulevard at Pleasantburg Drive as locations that may be identified in the study.
Investigating Intersection Crashes
The lawyers of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., know how to retrace the events surrounding an intersection accident.
In our investigation of your case, we can turn to evidence such as police reports, witness statements, skid marks and vehicle damage. We may also be able to obtain footage from traffic or security cameras. In some instances, a history of accidents at a particular intersection may be grounds for taking legal action against a municipality or state government agency.
Our goal will be to determine how your crash happened and identify all parties who should be held responsible. We can then aggressively seek compensation on your behalf through negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurer or by taking your case into the courtroom.
Contact Our Upstate South Carolina Intersection Accident Attorneys
At Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., we take pride in the attention and highly personalized service we provide to auto accident victims and their families in Greenville, Spartanburg and communities throughout Upstate South Carolina. If you or a loved one has been injured in an intersection crash, we will bring passion and knowledge to your case and seek full compensation. Simply contact us today to get started.
Sources / More Information
• Crash Factors in Intersection-Related Crashes: An On-Scene Perspective, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
• Analysis of Intersection Fatal and Nonfatal Crashes, National Safety Council
• Greenville to Look at Dangerous Intersections, Greenville News