Intersection crashes, or T-bone accidents, are one of the most deadly types of collisions. Determining the cause of an intersection accident is often an essential part of proving liability after a Pennsylvania car accident. Many factors can help your accident attorney determine the cause of an intersection crash. Determining who is at fault and what caused the accident helps get you the compensation you deserve but it also helps hold the other part responsible for their negligent actions.
Most Common Causes of Intersection Crashes
The following often play a role in T-bone accidents:
- Following too closely
- Improper or erratic lane changing
- Prohibited and dangerous passing and merging
- Sudden and erratic speed changes
- Failure to yield right of way
- Failure to obey traffic control devices and signs
- Driving too fast and/or racing
- Making improper turns
Speeding is one of the main reasons why intersection accidents are so dangerous, because often a driver will be accelerating in order to avoid a red light, and he will either enter the intersection at an accelerated rate of speed or attempt to slam on the brakes, causing an accident behind him.
Using Evidence to Determine the Cause of your Intersection Accident
One of the best ways to determine the cause of an intersection accident is with clear evidence. that does not require forensic evaluation. The Pisanchyn Law Firm’s accident attorneys will immediately look for and obtain the following evidence, if available, after you contact them for your accident case:
- Police report
- CC-TV footage from local businesses
- Cell phone videos and photos of the scene
- Witness statements
- Vehicle maintenance records
- Cell phone and social media records
- Vehicle black-box records
- Blood alcohol and drug tests
Although not all of this evidence is always available, a video of the accident from a local convenience store or dash camera may immediately reveal the cause of the accident. Because eyewitness accounts of the accident are often unreliable, it is best to match an eyewitness account with documentary evidence of the scene in order to determine the cause.
What to Do After an Accident
It is also important to take photographs and videos of the scene of the accident and the damage to the vehicles before there is any disruption.
Provided you are in a safe location, be sure to take a pictures of:
- The exact position of the vehicles after the accident
- Any debris left on the road as a result of the accident
- Tread marks left by either car
- Traffic signals or traffic control devices nearby
- Any markings left on your vehicle as the result of the accident,(paint from the other car, etc.)
How Our Pennsylvana Car Accident Attorneys Can Help
Depending on the circumstances of your car accident, you or your loved one may be eligible for compensation. A common question most people have after an accident is, do you need an attorney? This area of law is very complicated; there are exceptions and technicalities that if you do not know the law can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is why it is imperative you consult with our experienced Pennsylvania car accident attorneys at The Pisanchyn Law Firm to guide you through your claim.
Please, call our Pennsylvania accident attorneys toll free at 1-800-444-5309 for a free consultation. We have offices in Harrisburg, Scranton and Pittsburgh and will travel to you.