The best car accident lawyers agree that most traffic accidents occur at intersections. In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm’s staff of Personal Injury Lawyers understand intersection accidents and the sorts of injuries drivers and passenger suffer following a crash, which may include head-on, rear-end, and side collisions.
THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM EXPLAINS INTERSECTION ACCIDENTS AND WHAT TO DO FOLLOWING A CRASH THAT LEADS TO INJURIES
Drivers that are either stopped at an intersection or approaching one, are equally at risk of being involved in a traffic accident. In Miami, Jonathan Perazzo, personal injury lawyer and founder at the Perazzo Law Firm, together with his staff, have ample experience dealing with accidents that occur at intersections, and most often those which suffer the greatest losses are those that were in no way at fault for the accident. For example, a driver maybe stopped at an intersection waiting for a red light to turn green. Suddenly, another driver may attempt a left-hand turn and crash head-on into the motorist at the light. It happens. Stopped drivers are crashed into regularly while waiting for a green light at intersections, waiting to turn, and even with a steady green light. Sadly, intersection accidents such as these, usually result in physical injury, which most likely will require medical care, either through an evaluation of any injuries sustained in the accident, or physical therapy to treat the common injuries, such as cervical, thoracic, and lumbar injuries. The Perazzo Law Firm highly recommends that car accident victims, including passengers, contact their Miami-Dade law offices ONLINE immediately after an accident to help make sure medical bills are covered and the accident victim receives the treatment he or she deserves as compensation.
WHY DO PEOPLE CRASH AT INTERSECTIONS?
Some of the main reasons include:
- Distracted drivers – many drivers use their cell phones while driving. This causes failure to notice stopped traffic ahead, which leads to rear-end accidents.
- Drunk drivers – intoxicated motorists tend to make aggressive or abrupt maneuvers, which cause accidents such as blowing red lights, illegal left turns, and failure to yield to oncoming traffic.
- Negligence for traffic laws ; some motorists don’t respect stop signs or traffic lights. Hence, they usually cause intersections accidents.
- Fast drivers – Miami is riddled with fast cars. When drivers operate vehicles at high speed, they are more likely to be involved in accidents at intersections.
- Poor vehicle maintenance – cars that are in poor condition, tend to be involved in accidents. Sometimes bad brakes and poor tires may cause an accident at an intersection.
What Happens after an Intersection Accident?
Depending on the severity of the intersection accident and the injuries sustained, the authorities will normally arrive within minutes of the accident. Witnesses are quite common at intersection accidents, depending on the time of the accident. Jonathan Perazzo strongly urges car accident victims, especially passengers injured in accidents, to gather eye-witness testimony by having them give a statement to the police officer reporting the accident, or have them give you their contact information. Gathering eyewitness testimony is fundamental when fault is not entirely evident. Sometimes drivers crash at intersections and claims that both of them crossed the intersection with a steady green light, or that the other driver failed to yield right of way. Fortunately, but not always, the final resting point and the damages to the vehicles help reveal which driver was ultimately at fault. However, sometimes this method of establish fault after an intersection accident does not always carry out lot of weight in a court of law should the claim merit a trial. Most often, settlements following an intersection accident can be reached without having to go to court, which could become very costly and time consuming for all parties involved.
Injuries after an intersection accident may include:
- Herniated discs
- Fractured or broken hips
- Extremity injuries
- Facial injuries from deployed airbags
- Head / brain trauma
The Importance of a Dash Cam
Driver fault following a traffic accident that results in personal injuries, may sometimes be difficult to prove without eye-witness testimony or nearby camera surveillance footage. Thus, an insurance claim for compensation to cover personal injury, damages, or other economic losses may be unsuccessful or fall short of covering your losses. In Miami, the personal injury car accident attorneys at the Perazzo Law Firm, understand that having a dash cam on your vehicle can help improve the potential for establishing fault and help pave the way for a successful insurance claim as well as free you of fault for the incident. A dash cam can also protect you from an increase in your insurance premiums after an accident and some insurance providers may offer a discount if you have a dash cam installed in your vehicle. This is all made possible because a dash cam may be able to capture the vehicle accident and show which driver was at fault or what led to third party injuries and losses.
How does a dash cam work?
Mounted on your vehicle’s dashboard or behind your rearview mirror, it records what is heard and visible as your drive. The Perazzo Law Firm reminds drivers or motor vehicle owners that according to Florida Law, dash cams may not be placed where they obstruct the driver’s view, such as within the sweep of driver’s wiper. Dash cams may be used to record what is happening on the road ahead as well as within your vehicle, not only to help establish fault, but for many other purposes. They usually turn on and off when you start your engine and record while you drive. Thus, they are practical to have because they basically operate themselves to help protect you in the event of a traffic accident. Furthermore, you can set up your dash cam to record when you are parked and with the engine off to protect against vehicle theft. However, for the dash cam to record while parked, you will have to connect it to your vehicle’s battery when in Parking Mode. Most dash cams can record for as much as two hours, depending on the GB capacity of the Micro SD card, which will begin to automatically overwrite previously recorded footage. A 128GB memory card can hold as much as 19 hours of footage while behind the wheel of your vehicle. The Perazzo Law Firm highly suggests purchasing a dash cam, which can range from $60 – $150 depending on the model and features. This is a small price to pay for the added piece of mind and legal protection against a lawsuit following a traffic accident.
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