Intersections are one of the highest risk places for collisions to occur on the road because numerous people are coming through and trying to accomplish different things. Some drivers may be going straight, some may be turning left, some may be making U-turns, and at the same time, there are pedestrians and bicyclists trying to cross the street.
If you can picture the chaos of a typical intersection, the chaos of an intersection in New York City is multiplied by ten. New York City is more congested, people are more rushed, and as a result, more accidents occur. It can feel impossible to determine who’s at fault when you’re involved in a collision at an intersection in such a big city, but thankfully, there are strategies to help win your case.
Gathering the Evidence
Getting a settlement for an intersection accident might seem impossible, but any experienced NYC car accident lawyer will tell you that all it takes is gathering the proper evidence to prove negligence in your case.
If you were rear-ended at an intersection, photographs of your vehicle’s damage, as well as a statement from the driver who hit you, will be key. The driver will need to explain why they hit you. They may try to claim that you slammed on your breaks, but they’re required to be aware of their surroundings, so they can still be held liable.
If you were hit by a driver who ran a red light, a red light camera may be able to show footage of the driver running the light. Other witnesses at the intersection may also be able to testify in your case. The one helpful part about accidents that happen at intersections is that there are usually multiple other drivers watching what happened. Any evidence you can gather can be helpful.
Obtaining a Settlement
Once you’ve proven negligence using evidence, your attorney will assist you in calculating your settlement. Whatever damages you’ve suffered will be examined and included in your claim value. Damages may include medical expenses (if you’ve experienced any injuries), property damage, lost wages from missing work for any injuries, and non-economic damages.
Non-economic damages are considered when your accident has had a detrimental effect on your lifestyle. These damages can include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
While obtaining a settlement for an intersection accident may be more complex because numerous cars can be involved and gathering evidence can get tricky, in the end, the legal process will be the same as any other car accident lawsuit. With a strong legal team to support you, you shouldn’t have any trouble fighting for and winning the money you deserve.