Side Impact Collision Lawyer Tampa FL
Florida, just like all states, has specific laws regarding traffic lights and traffic signs. Drivers are required to stop at red lights and stop signs. They are also required to slow down and come to a stop at a yellow light, but too many drivers see a yellow light and speed up instead of slowing down in an attempt to “beat” the light before it turns red. Every 20 seconds, someone runs a red light. In multiple surveys, one in three drivers says they have run at least one red light in the prior 30 days. Drivers are also required to come to a complete stop at stop signs, but, again, too many drivers disobey the law and instead they do a “rolling stop,” and keep on driving if they think they are in the clear. These types of blatant disregard for traffic laws lead to terrible accidents, with serious to severe injuries. If you have been injured in an intersection crash, contact a side-impact collision lawyer Tampa FL victims turn to and find out what your legal options are.
According to data from the federal government, there are about 2.5 million intersection accidents that occur each year in the United States. Approximately 40 percent of all vehicle accidents occur at intersections, with 20 percent of all fatal crashes happening at intersections. Almost 170,000 intersection crashes happen because of drivers running red lights. Red-light running accidents kill almost 800 victims each year. The city of Tampa has more than 550 signalized intersections within city limits.
National statistics also reveal that one-third of all intersection crashes in the United States occur at stop sign-controlled intersections – approximately 700,000 crashes. And more than 40 percent of fatal crashes that take place each year happen at stop sign intersections.
Every day, there are seven fatal intersection accidents and another 1,000 that result in injuries. Overall, more than 10,000 people are killed each year in intersection accidents in the United States.
An auto accident lawyer Tampa, FL clients recommend knows that there are many reasons why drivers fail to stop at red lights, stop signs, and other failures at yielding the right of way that result in an intersection crash. These include
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- False assumption of the other driver’s action
- Obstructed view
- Reckless driving
It’s not just occupants in other vehicles that are at risk of injuries in intersection accidents. Pedestrians and cyclists are also especially vulnerable to being seriously injured when a vehicle fails to stop.
Let Our Personal Injury Firm Help
The majority of intersection accidents are preventable and occur mostly because of the at-fault driver’s carelessness or recklessness. If you have been injured in an intersection accident, contact Jeff Murphy Law to schedule a free consultation with a skilled side-impact collision lawyer in Tampa FL. We work hard to get victims the compensation they deserve.