Glendale Intersection Accident Attorneys
Injuries can happen anywhere and at any time, but Los Angeles intersections can be especially hazardous. Distracted drivers cause accidents with pedestrians, bikers, and other drivers when they violate the right of way or speed through a red light. Ultimately, their carelessness can change our lives and our families' lives forever.
If a reckless driver’s actions injured you in an accident, do not let their insurance company offer a small settlement. Instead, contact the Glendale intersection accident attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC to begin preparing a personal injury claim. We offer each potential client a free consultation and will not accept payment unless we win your case. Call us at (818) 507-4311 to learn about your rights after an accident.
When a driver comes to a California Stop, otherwise known as a rolling stop, they can easily strike a pedestrian stepping off a curb into a crosswalk, side-swipe a biker in their blind spot, or roll right into oncoming traffic. At the end of the day, reckless behavior can cause a wide variety of accidents at an intersection and can range from poor driving practices – such as the aforementioned California Stop – to everyday speeding.
Anyone can be put at risk when a negligent driver passes through an intersection, including:
Pedestrians: LA County is home to an expansive public transportation system and many people still take advantage of it to get throughout our many neighborhoods. As a result, there are numerous pedestrians traveling across the street at any given time, rushing to get to a bus or just jogging for good health, but drivers still pay little attention to them. Every resident has at some point narrowly avoided being struck by a careless driver, who either ran a red light or made a left-hand turn when you were crossing the road. When we aren’t lucky, these negligent actions can cause devasting injuries.
Bicyclists: Cyclists are owed the same respect on the road as other vehicles, but most drivers pay little attention to them, especially at intersections. They may speed into left-turns and strike them while they are in the crosswalk, side-swipe them on right turns when they enter a bike lane, or make a U-turn right in the way of a bicyclist. Anyone of these accidents can severely injure a cyclist, from multiple broken bones to brain trauma.
Motorcyclists: Many of the same dangers that bicyclists faced are shared by motorcyclists, but the end results are often more catastrophic. The size and speed of motorcycles significantly increases the risk of a serious injury in an intersection, especially when struck by larger vehicles like pick-ups, SUVs, and big-rigs. Drivers will often claim to not notice them due to how quiet they are or will misjudge how fast an oncoming motorcycle is moving, resulting in a collision during a left-hand turn.
Other drivers: T-bones are a major risk when another driver speeds through a red light or ignores a stop sign, but there are other simpler driving practices that lead to an intersection accident between two or more cars. A driver might miscalculate the speed of oncoming traffic and turn too slowly into a left turn, resulting in a collision. Although it is not illegal in California, most drivers are advised to not change lanes in an intersection because they could end up colliding with a car that was making a right turn into what they assumed was a clear lane.
If you find yourself in an intersection accident, the most important step you can take is contact the local authorities. They will dispatch paramedics to assess your injuries and transport you to an ER for further diagnosis, as well as police officers to secure the scene of the accident. Both your medical report and the accident report are invaluable tools in building a personal injury claim and will create the basis for determining liability and proper compensation. If you are physically able to, take photos and videos of the scene of the accident and collect the contact information of any witnesses.
Once you have received medical treatment, contact the Glendale car accident attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC. We have been helping our fellow citizens in the Los Angeles County area since 1998 to seek compensation for injuries and damages they have experienced due to unforeseen accidents. We can obtain a copy of the police report, as well as traffic camera footage from nearby stoplights, collect witness statements, review black box data if a big-rig was involved, and build a thorough case for full compensation. Call us at (818) 507-4311 and learn how our over forty-years of combined experience can help you.