A recent article about a car accident near Batesville, Indiana, reports a common scenario. At an intersection, one driver disregarded a stop sign; as a result, his car collided with another car, resulting in injuries to himself, the other driver, and two of his own passengers.
Car accidents at stop signs occur frequently; according to a Journal of Safety Research study conducted in 2003 (“Analysis of motor-vehicle crashes at stop signs in four US cities”), there are hundreds of thousands of stop sign accidents every year, and roughly 1/3 result in injuries.
If there’s a side impact collision, which is one of the most common types of car accidents at stop signs, multiple passengers are likely to be hurt, even killed. Rear-end crashes are also frequent at stop signs, when one driver has properly stopped but another driver approaching from behind fails to do so; this can result in injuries such as severe whiplash.
In the aftermath of a stop sign accident, it’s important to determine if you’re a victim of another driver’s negligence on the road. There are a number of ways drivers behave negligently at stop signs, including:
- Breezing past the stop sign; on top of that, the negligent driver may be speeding.
- Not coming to a complete stop or stopping for an insufficient amount of time.
- Failing to look for other cars at the intersection.
- Misjudging distances between cars.
- Getting caught up in distractions, including talking on a cellphone, texting, fiddling with the radio, or interacting with other passengers in a distracting fashion.
- Driving while intoxicated.
If you live in or around Indianapolis, reviewing the details of your accident with an Indianapolis car accident lawyer will help determine whether or not you have a case. Along with damages to your vehicle, you and your passengers may be left with steep medical bills following a stop sign accident. We will fight for your fair treatment from insurance companies and compensation from those responsible for the accident. Don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.