Intersections are often the site of serious auto accidents. In a 2008 report on the causes of motor vehicle crashes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in roughly 36% of the accidents investigated, the vehicles were crossing or turning at an intersection.
The consequences of these accidents can be tragic. In one recent example at an intersection in South Bend, an SUV driver was apparently in the process of turning north onto another street when he collided with a westbound motorcycle. The motorcycle passenger, who was an emergency room nurse, died, and both drivers sustained injuries.
For these kinds of accidents to occur, drivers don’t need to be particularly reckless or intoxicated; one moment of negligence or poor judgment can be enough to lead to such a crash. In addition to the issue of drug or alcohol use, other questions that come up include the following:
- Did the accident involve an illegal turn? For example, drivers may attempt a turn across double yellow lines. Other times, they use intersections as the site of illegal U-turns.
- Were the drivers paying sufficient attention to oncoming traffic? Drivers may be distracted or lost in thought and drive without checking for any other vehicles in the vicinity.
- If it was dark out, were the drivers sufficiently visible to each other?
- How fast were the drivers going?
After such an accident, it’s important to contact experienced Indianapolis auto accident lawyers. It may not be clear who’s at fault. And you may be struggling to deal with numerous expenses, including bills for surgeries, hospital stays, doctors’ visits, and physical rehabilitation. Your vehicle may need to be repaired or replaced. Your attorney can work with you to get as much coverage from insurance companies as possible and compensation from those at fault.