Intersection Car Accidents
Intersection car accidents unfortunately common throughout the State of Florida and often result in extremely serious injuries. In many cases, these wrecks are the result of careless or negligent driving. In those instances, the person or persons responsible for the accident may be deemed liable under Florida law.Common Causes of Florida Intersection Accidents
Miami intersection accidents usually occur when one or more drivers operate their vehicles in a careless, reckless, or distracted manner. Some of the most common causes of Florida intersection accidents include the following:
- Failing to obey traffic control devices and signals
- Failing to stop at a red light before making a right turn
- Making a right turn at an intersection where right turns are prohibited by law
- Running a red light or a stop sign
- Failing to yield the right-of-way to another vehicle when required
Florida has put several measures in place in order to try and reduce the number of traffic collisions that occur at intersections. Those measures include building more roundabouts and installing red-light cameras at these intersections. Red-light cameras are typically scheduled to be on when traffic conditions are at their heaviest and are designed to catch people who run red-lights in the act.
Roundabouts help to reduce Florida car accidents because they force vehicles to move more slowly through traffic intersections. T-bone accidents – which are commonplace at Miami traffic intersections – are not possible in roundabouts. This is because in a roundabout, drivers only have the option of turning right or exiting the roundabout on the right-hand side. Since there is only one way to exit a roundabout, drivers must give their full time and attention to the road, so that they do not miss their exit as they make their way through the roundabout.
Similar to roundabouts, red-light cameras are installed at traffic intersections in hopes of reducing the number of drivers who illegally run red lights – or who turn right on red when they are not supposed to. At many intersections, red light cameras are only in operation during certain times of the day, usually when traffic is heavy. Red light cameras take still images and record video footage of the license plates of vehicles that run red lights. The theory is that if a driver knows that he or she will be seen running a red light, then the driver will be far less likely to actually do so. When a red light camera detects an offending vehicle, a citation is issued and mailed to the owner of the vehicle
If you were involved in an intersection accident and sustained personal injuries and damages as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to monetary recovery. The knowledgeable Miami car accident lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. can evaluate your claim and negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company on your behalf. If the insurance company is not willing to place a favorable settlement offer on the table, our attorneys welcome the opportunity to litigate your case through the Florida court system or take your case to trial.Call a Miami Car Accident Lawyer Today for a Free Initial Consultation and Case Evaluation
If you have been injured in an accident which occurred at a Miami intersection, the knowledgeable car accident lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. can help you pursue your legal right to monetary recovery. In order to recover damages in a car accident case, you must be able to prove that the at-fault driver behaved in a careless, reckless, or negligent manner – and that this negligence directly resulted in all of your injuries and damages. Our attorneys can help you prove the legal elements of your intersection car accident case. To schedule a free consultation with an attorney, contact us online or call our office today.