Houston Intersection Accidents Attorneys
With motor vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians moving in all directions, intersections are some of the busiest parts of roadways across the Houston area. They are also incredibly dangerous. If you or a loved one were injured or killed in an accident at an intersection because of a negligent motorist, Attorney Tom‘s Houston car accident lawyers want to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.
According to a 2013 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 40% of crashes in the United States happened at an intersection. And while that number is alarming, it’s not entirely surprising. Intersections are parts of the road where multiple vehicles or people going in different directions cross paths.
Between stop signs, traffic lights, pedestrians crossing the street, and the potential of four vehicles figuring out who has the right of way, there’s a lot going on. If a driver isn’t paying attention, fails to stop, or doesn’t yield to cyclists and pedestrians, the risk of a serious accident increases.
Intersection crashes can be especially violent because many involve vehicles that blow through stop signs or traffic lights, putting anyone else entering the intersection at risk. The legal team with Attorney Tom has decades of combined experience helping car accident victims hold reckless drivers responsible. We are here to listen to your story and devise a plan to move forward.
To learn more about how the Houston intersection accident lawyers can help you recover compensation to pay for mounting medical bills or compensate you for lost wages, contact us today by calling 713-244-6363 to schedule your free and confidential consultation.
Why Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer?
Car accident victims are under an immense amount of stress following a crash. Along with dealing with vehicle damages and seeking medical treatment for any injuries, they may also be going through emotional pain and trauma. The most important thing victims should focus on after an accident is their health and recovery, not dealing with insurance companies.
Many accident victims naively think that simply having car insurance means they’re completely covered and their car insurance company will take care of them in the event of an accident. While it should work this way, the reality is that insurance companies will do almost anything to avoid paying you the full amount you’re entitled or even to avoid paying you at all.
That’s where a skilled car accident attorney comes in. While you focus on recovering from your injuries, the Houston car accident attorneys will work nonstop to determine liability, gather evidence, file your claim, and handle all interactions with insurance companies to work to get you full compensation for your losses.
The other driver’s insurance company will contact you and try to convince you to quickly settle your claim without a lawyer. And while the prospect of some money may be alluring, especially if you are facing large medical bills and haven’t been able to return to work, the truth is, that amount is a fraction of what you need. Attorney Tom will negotiate a fair and full settlement so you can avoid financial ruin and move past this difficult time for your family and you.
Why Choose Attorney Tom?
When your life gets turned upside down because of a careless and negligent driver who caused an accident at an intersection, the future can seem uncertain and overwhelming. Recovering from debilitating injuries or dealing with the loss of a loved one can leave you at a loss as to what you need to do next. One of the most important decisions you can make following an accident is choosing the law firm you want to represent you. Attorney Tom is committed to helping our clients and we promise to do everything humanly possible to get you the justice you deserve.
Attorney Thomas J. Kherkher is one of the hardest working and most persistent attorneys in the field. After graduating from undergrad and law school in only five years, he has committed his professional life to help victims when all hope seems lost. The Houston personal injury lawyers aren’t afraid to take on the biggest and most complicated cases because we know what it takes to go up against insurance companies and win—even if that means going to court.
We treat our clients with care and respect and provide one-on-one support through the entire process. Attorney Tom will handle every facet of your case while keeping you fully informed through clear and open lines of communication along the way. Call and schedule your initial consultation today and let us show you how we plan on getting the financial compensation you are entitled to.
Common Causes of Intersection Accidents
Intersection vehicle accidents are almost always caused by driver error. In fact, the NHTSA estimates that 96% of all intersection accidents can be attributed to a driver’s reckless actions.
Intersection crashes can be classified into one of two categories: side-impact and rear-end crashes. Side-impact crashes (also referred to as T-bone accidents) occur when a driver fails to yield, turns across a lane of traffic, or runs a red light.
These accidents catch unsuspecting drivers off guard and can be especially dangerous because there is very little on the side of a vehicle to protect passengers as compared to the front or back of the vehicle.
Rear-end crashes are very common at intersections. They are usually caused by distracted drivers using their cell phones or doing anything else that diverts their attention from the road. These accidents are also more common in bad weather when roads are slick and drivers underestimate the distance needed to stop.
Take action today and contact us if you have been injured in an intersection accident caused by a driver who:
- Disobeyed any traffic laws
- Misjudged a gap in traffic while turning left in front of oncoming traffic
- Turned without yielding to a crosswalk or a bicycle lane
- Sped through the intersection to “beat” a yellow light
- Sped in general
- Ran red lights or stop signs
- Turned without using a blinker to signal
- Drove under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Drove aggressively
- Drove fatigued
A majority of all pedestrian fatalities occur when pedestrians are crossing at an intersection. Similarly, bicyclists are at an increased risk of injury or death at intersections when vehicles do not yield or check their blind spots before turning. Intersection accidents can result in serious, life-altering injuries like broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Call the Houston car accident attorneys today to take legal action against the person responsible for your intersection accident.
Common Types of Intersection Accident Injuries
Depending on a number of factors, intersection accidents can range in severity from fender-benders to serious collisions that total your vehicle and result in significant injuries or death. Unfortunately, because these accidents often occur when a negligent motorist speeds through an intersection without yielding or properly stopping, they usually result in the latter.
Contact us today if you or a loved one have been in an accident at an intersection and suffered any of the following injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) – These are some of the most serious injuries that can occur in a car accident and are the result of a violent blow to the head. Whether you were a passenger, bicyclist, or pedestrian,
TBIs can result in physical, behavioral, cognitive, and emotional damage that may require operations and extensive medical care for the rest of your life.
- Neck injuries including whiplash – While many people think whiplash is minor discomfort, it can be incredibly painful and may take a long time to fully heal. Whiplash is very common in intersection accidents because unsuspecting motorists are hit from the side or behind, sending their heads forward before violently whipping them back.
- Spinal cord injuries – Any damage to the spinal cord can drastically alter your quality of life. The spinal cord is responsible for every movement in the human body and any damage to it could result in severe pain or even paralysis.
- Broken bones and laceration – These injuries can be extremely painful and may never fully heal. In some cases, broken bones or lacerations can result in lifelong disfigurement or physical disabilities.
- Death – Pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and victims of T-bone accidents are more frequently killed when they are involved in intersection accidents because they are virtually unprotected from the catastrophic impact they suffer from a vehicle that weighs between 3,000 pounds (passenger vehicle) and 10,000 pounds (commercial truck or bus).
Whiplash and other injuries may not be apparent until days or weeks after an accident. Make sure to seek medical treatment immediately after your accident even if you believe you aren’t injured to prevent further damage, and to strengthen your claim through medical records and a doctor’s testimony.
Contact Us Today
If you or someone you love was injured or killed in a car accident at an intersection, the time to act is now. The aftermath of a car accident can be a scary and stressful time. It can be even more trying if you suffered serious injuries that have impacted your physical or emotional well-being.
Whether you were injured or lost a loved one, we will not rest until we get every dollar you deserve. You and your family need financial compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses to get through this terrible time.
To learn more about how an experienced and skilled Houston car accident lawyer can help you hold a negligent driver responsible, contact Attorney Tom today by calling 713-244-6363 or filling out an online form.