While driving toward an intersection, many of us may relax since we’re often slowing down due to traffic congestion or a red light. Unfortunately, that’s a mistake since over fifty percent (50%) of all fatal and serious injury accidents occur in (or very near) intersections. Instead, we should be on alert — carefully scanning our environment for potential traffic dangers.
Drivers passing through Manhattan quickly learn that major intersections close to the Lincoln Tunnel’s entrance can be very dangerous. The area around West 40th Street and Eighth Avenue is also quite challenging – along with the intersections in Manhattan’s financial district.
Here’s a brief overview of the unique hazards posed by many intersections, the factors that most often cause traffic collisions in these areas – and a look at the types of evidence our office must often gather while establishing the defendant’s fault in a Manhattan intersection accident.
The U. S. Department of Transportation, the Institute of Transportation Engineers and other experts remind us that intersections are created points of conflict. They’re designed to help us keep moving forward among other vehicles — or make turns so we can easily reach our various destinations.
Although they’re critical to intersection safety, many drivers find it difficult to obey all the traffic signals located at intersections. However, roadway design engineers work very hard to be sure all signals are properly timed so that all vehicles and pedestrians can minimize their vulnerabilities.
Because they’re so distracted, many drivers may not even notice the stop signs at some intersections – or they foolishly assume that no one will notice if they run a stop sign.
After intersection accidents happen, roadway engineers, law enforcement and other professionals analyze the data gathered. They then try to decide if any intersection design or signal light changes might help improve safety.
The following material reviews the human behaviors and choices that frequently increase the dangers for vehicles passing through Manhattan intersections.
Once we accept your intersection accident lawsuit, our Manhattan personal injury attorneys will thoroughly investigate your case and obtain the following types of evidence.
If you’ve been seriously injured in a Manhattan intersection accident, be sure to contact our personal injury law firm right away. We fight hard for all our clients. We’ll do all we can to win the maximum compensation available to reimburse you for all your lost earnings, medical costs and other related accident expenses.