Accidents in Insections
November 30, 2020
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Intersection accidents happen all the time in Macon, Middle Georgia and elsewhere. In fact, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nearly 40 percent of all U.S. car accidents occur at intersections.As we have found in our experience at the Mann Law Firm, these crashes often are the result of driver errors. These range from careless mistakes, like failing to notice a stop sign, to reckless decisions, like speeding to beat a red light or making some other illegal maneuver. If you or a loved one has been injured in an intersection crash, we can make sure your rights are fully protected. We can investigate the facts of your crash, review insurance policies that can compensate you for your losses and deal with the process of obtaining that compensation for you as efficiently as possible. To learn more about how we can help, call Mann Law Firm today at (478) 742-3381 or submit our online form. We provide free and confidential initial consultations.
Determining the Cause of Your Intersection CrashAccording to the NHTSA, the six most common mistakes that cause auto accidents at intersections are:
- Illegal maneuvers (running a red light or stop sign, turning without signaling)
- Internal distractions (talking on a cell phone or texting)
- Inadequate surveillance (failing to notice a stopped car or pedestrian crossing)
- Misjudgment of gaps or other cars’ speed (this is a problem if the driver is tailgating)
- False assumption of the other driver’s actions (we assume, for instance, the driver behind us will slow down as we make a right turn or will yield to us before they turn left)
- Turning with an obstructed view (a driver shouldn’t turn if they can’t see crossing traffic, pedestrians or bicyclists).
The at-fault driver’s insurance company may contact you soon after the wreck and try to get you to settle for less than what your case is worth. With experience as an attorney for a large insurance company, David Mann knows how insurers will try to use this and other tactics to pay out as little as possible. He will work diligently to protect your rights.
When a driver makes one or more of these mistakes, causing you or a family member to be seriously injured in a crash, it’s crucial to get legal help right away.
Types of Compensation after an Intersection AccidentAt Mann Law Firm, we are familiar with many different types of intersection accidents. When two or more vehicles are involved, these accidents include rear-end crashes, side-impact (T-bone) collisions or head-on impact crashes. Frequently, pedestrians or bicyclists are hurt in these accidents as well. If you were injured in an intersection crash through no fault of your own, Mann Law Firm will work diligently to secure compensation that can cover your medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering and more. The at-fault driver’s liability insurance coverage should pay for these losses.
In Georgia, drivers must carry minimum coverage that pays $25,000 per person who suffers bodily injury in a crash (or a $50,000 limit) and a minimum of $25,000 in coverage for property (vehicle) damage.If the driver does not have insurance or has coverage that falls short of compensating you for all of your losses – which is often the case – then we can turn to other options, including your own uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) policy. Our first priority is to seek a settlement of your claim. A full and fair settlement can help you to move on with your life as quickly as possible after a crash. However, if an insurance company refuses to reach a reasonable settlement, Mann Law Firm will be thoroughly prepared to take your case to trial.