What Are Common Causes of Intersection Car Accidents?

June 20, 2023
West Chester Car Accident Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Help Victims Injured in Intersection Accidents.

For many drivers, going through several intersections during their daily commute is common. However, intersections are among the likeliest places to get into a car accident. With so many drivers traveling through an intersection at any moment, it may be challenging to determine who has the right of way and who is liable should an accident happen.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 40 percent of all car accidents occur at intersections. Almost 50 percent of fatal car accidents happen at intersections as well. Intersection accidents have many causes, and most are caused by driver negligence. Common causes of intersection accidents include:

  • Running a red light or stop sign: A driver failing to stop at a red light or stop sign will often lead to disastrous consequences, especially if many vehicles are in the intersection.
  • Failing to yield: Every intersection operates differently regarding who has the right of way and who has to yield. Car accidents happen when someone does not know the rules or does not apply them correctly.
  • Misjudging traffic: All drivers must be fully aware and judge the speed of other cars while in an intersection. Some drivers rush through a yellow light instead of slowing down, and those trying to make a right may misjudge their intentions or the speed they are going.
  • Traffic light malfunctions: Although rare, a malfunctioning traffic light or missing signage can lead to confusion and an accident, especially when drivers are not cautious or not paying attention. When traffic lights malfunction, drivers still have to adhere to the rules of the road, such as coming to a complete stop at an intersection before proceeding.

How to Prove Fault in an Intersection Accident?

Because there are so many moving parts in an intersection, proving who is at fault may be challenging if an accident happens. The following evidence can help prove fault:

  • Video footage: Video footage is perhaps one of the best ways to prove who caused an accident. Many intersections have traffic cameras installed, and some drivers have dashcams or smartphones that are used to help determine liability. Even nearby businesses may have security cameras installed outside their buildings that could catch the event.
  • Eyewitness testimony: Many accidents occur when multiple witnesses are in the area, and they may be able to provide testimony that can be used as evidence.
  • Forensic evidence: Evidence at the accident scene can help determine who caused the crash. Skid marks, damaged signposts, and even broken glass can all be used in an investigation.  

West Chester Car Accident Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Help Victims Injured in Intersection Accidents

If you have been injured in an intersection accident, our West Chester car accident lawyers at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. are here to help. Call us today at 610-565-3701 or fill out our online form for an initial consultation. Located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, we serve clients in Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.