Were you recently involved in a car accident at an intersection in Houston, TX? Did the accident happen because someone else was negligent? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Attorney Brian White & Associates can help you fight to recover money for your medical bills, lost wages, suffering, and more.
Contact our Houston car accident lawyers to learn more. We offer a free initial case evaluation, so don’t hesitate to reach out to our team by phone or connect with us online to get started now.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer After an Intersection Crash?
Intersections are complicated. So are injury claims that arise from an intersection accident. In order to protect yourself and increase the odds of recovering the financial award you need and deserve, it’s critical to enlist the help of a qualified lawyer.
At Attorney Brian White & Associates, our team has more than 45 years of collective experience advocating on behalf of car accident victims just like you. Our firm is led by Brian White, who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law. That’s something only 3 percent of attorneys in the state of Texas can say. Why should that be important to you? Because it means that our attorneys have been recognized for their successes and ability to win.
If you’ve been injured in an intersection accident in Houston, we know what you’re up against. We know what has to be done to get you the money you deserve. And, we’ll invest whatever time, manpower, and resources are necessary to get the job done.
- We’ll investigate carefully and thoroughly, paying close attention to the details.
- We’ll gather and analyze evidence.
- We’ll stand up for you when insurance companies attempt to manipulate, scare, or pressure you into walking away with nothing or accepting a lowball offer.
- We’ll work with experts throughout the process, particularly as we attempt to determine what your case is worth.
- We’ll take your case to court and try it before a jury of your peers, if need be.
The bottom line is that we are here to help you fight to recover the money you need and deserve. We’re here to help you hold the responsible parties fully accountable for your suffering. So, don’t delay in calling our Houston law firm for help. We’re always standing by to take your call.
Are Intersection Crashes Common in Houston?
Nationwide, about 40 percent of all car accidents happen at or near an intersection. And, in urban parts of the country like Houston, intersection accidents tend to account for about half of all motor vehicle collisions.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 64,126 car accidents reported in Houston, Texas in 2018. That means, statistically speaking, between 25,650 and 32,063 intersections of those collisions occurred at an intersection. If we split the difference, that means that, on an average day in Houston, there are 79 intersection accidents.
Which Intersections in Houston Are the Most Dangerous?
Accidents can happen at any intersection or crossroads in Houston. However, statistics show that certain intersections are more dangerous than others. In Houston, the following intersections tend to see a lot of crashes:
- Long Point and Gessner
- Fondren and West Bellfort
- Bissonnet and Wilcrest
- Shepherd and Allen Pkwy and Kirby
- Taylor and Spring and MKT Trail
- Hawthorne and Spur 527 and Holman
- Fannin and Pierce
- Ranchester and Bellaire
- West and Airline
- Bellaire and S Gessner
- 11th and Nicholson
- Patterson and Washington.
According to one study, more than 12,000 people were injured or killed in crashes at these locations.
Why Are Intersections So Dangerous?
Intersections are inherently dangerous. Here are a few reasons why that’s the case, particularly in Houston.
It’s Where Vehicles Cross Paths With Pedestrians and Bicyclists
It is possible to see a pedestrian or bicyclist somewhere else on the road. However, intersections are where cars and other commuters tend to meet. And, it’s where bicyclists and pedestrians are most likely to get hit by a car. This might be the case because:
- Motorists, bicyclists, and/or pedestrians aren’t always familiar with the rules of the road
- Pedestrians and bicyclists sometimes enter intersections when it’s unsafe and create a hazard, and
- Pedestrians and bicyclists are distracted and don’t notice that they’ve entered an intersection and essentially jumped into traffic.
Whenever different commuters cross paths, the risk of an accident goes up. This is particularly true when commuters don’t know their obligations under the law or aren’t paying attention.
Intersections Are Where Most People Make Turns
When you go out and drive in Houston, it’s rare that you’ll drive in a straight line the entire time. At some point, you’ll probably have to change direction. That would likely involve making a left-hand turn or a right-hand turn. Intersections are where most people make these turns.
However, not everyone executes turns safely. Some drivers ignore “No Turn On Red” signs. Others don’t check the intersection for bicyclists or pedestrians before hitting the gas. Many drivers cause intersection crashes by miscalculating how much time they have to turn in front of oncoming traffic.
Not Everyone Knows Local Traffic Laws
Intersections are typically controlled by one of two features – stop signs or traffic lights. However, these things can only work when commuters – including drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists – understand the rules of the road.
Who has the right of way? What do different traffic signals mean? When are certain turns or maneuvers prohibited? Accidents are much more likely to occur when travelers ignore or don’t know the answers to these (and other) questions.
Drivers Get Aggressive at Intersections in Houston
Drivers should begin to slow down and prepare to stop if they are approaching an intersection and the light is yellow. It’s really only safe to continue through the intersection if the driver doesn’t have enough time or space to come to a complete stop.
However, many drivers in Houston are in a rush. They sit in enough traffic as it is. So, rather than slowing down, many speed up and attempt to “beat” the light before it turns red. This can create a very dangerous situation, especially if someone else at the intersection is eager to hit the gas when their red light turns green.
Who’s Liable For an Intersection Accident?
Texas law provides that anyone who contributes to an accident can be financially responsible for the consequences. So, following a crash at an intersection in Houston, you could be entitled to money from:
- Drivers of passenger vehicles
- The driver of your car, if you were a passenger
- Truck drivers
- Bus drivers
- Transit companies
- Government agencies
- Manufacturers of defective products, or
- Employers of negligent parties.
It’s critical to investigate the circumstances of an intersection accident thoroughly. That’s the only way to determine causation and, by extension, fault. Once Brian White & Associates knows who caused your injuries, we can work toward holding them all financially accountable for the harm they’ve caused.
What Damages Can I Get If I’ve Been Injured in a Wreck at an Intersection in Houston, TX?
Whether you’ve been rear-ended, in a head-on collision, or T-Boned by another driver at a Houston intersection, your injuries may be costly. You shouldn’t have to struggle with those costs on your own – not when someone else is to blame. Our Houston car accident attorneys will work tirelessly to help you recover full compensation for your injuries, pain, and suffering.
We’ll fight to get damages for:
- Present medical expenses
- The cost of future medical treatment
- Physical therapy
- Nursing care
- Property damage
- Lost wages and income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Wrongful death, and more.
Insurance companies will try to prevent you from getting any or all of the money you deserve. Our lawyers will challenge their tactics and manipulative techniques at every turn. We’ll enlist the aid of experts and make sure that our demands are backed by strong evidence and facts.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Houston Intersection Accident Lawyers Today
Once you’ve been injured in a car accident in Houston, you’ll have a limited time to file an injury claim. Typically, this time limit is two years. While you may have more or less time, depending on your specific circumstances, one thing is for sure. You’ll forfeit the ability to recover any money at all if you miss the statute of limitations that applies to your auto accident case.
Don’t let that happen to you. Call Brian White & Associates and have our legal team help you fight to get all of the compensation you need and deserve. We offer a free initial case evaluation to injury victims, so reach out to our law firm to schedule yours today.