Collisions at intersections are as common as they are dangerous. Two drivers entering an intersection may collide head on or may sideswipe each other at great speeds that can cause severe injuries and substantial vehicle damage. Our Maryland car accident lawyers see these cases almost every day. Many of these crashes are broadside collisions where there is little metal or cushion between the driver and the oncoming vehicle. If you’ve been the victim of an auto accident at a busy junction or intersection, then you know how devastating the crashes can be.
This article on the handling of multiple vehicle crashes addresses:
- The Seriousness of Junction or Intersection Collision Cases
- What Type of Intersection Accident Cases Lead to Big Settlements and Verdicts?
- Sample of Settlements and Jury Verdicts in Junction or Intersection Wreck Cases
- Getting a Maryland Lawyer to Help You
Auto accidents that occur at intersections and junctions account for a large portion of all of this country’s auto accidents. Although the rules of the road dictate otherwise, motorists run red lights, proceed through stop signs, and speed through intersections on a daily basis. The statistics behind these intersection collisions are evidence of this.
Consider that 43% of all auto accidents occur at an intersection or junction. Also consider that 21% of traffic-related fatalities can be attributed to a collision at an intersection or junction. Further, nearly half (49%) of all accidents that occur in an urban setting, such as Baltimore or the D.C. metro area, occur at intersections or junctions. Clearly, these types of accidents pose a serious risk to traveling motorists.Which Chain Reaction Collision Cases Lead to The Largest Payouts?
We answer this question in greater depth elsewhere which probably sheds more light on the, "What is my case worth?" question because the type of accident is less important than the injuries suffered or the venue of the claim. But we do see trends in settlement and verdict size based on the type of crash, too. These claims seem to lead to larger verdicts than some others:
- Rear end accidents at stop lights or stop signs
- A driver runs a red light or a stop sign at an intersection and broadsides another vehicle
- A driver attempts to make an illegal U-turn at a busy traffic light and cuts off oncoming traffic, creating multiple potential collision points
- Left-turn intersection collisions
Here are examples of jury awards to victims in intersection cases.
- 2020, Montgomery County: $75,125 Verdict. A female pedestrian was struck at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Montgomery Lane. She suffered a concussion, soft-tissue cervical and lumbar injuries, and right-side bruising. The woman underwent physical therapy, chiropractic care, and neck ablations. Her chiropractor -- not our lawyers' idea of the best choice as an expert -- testified that her injuries were permanent. But the plaintiff got a good award for those injuries, assuming they were not too serious.
- 2020, Montgomery County: $42,911 Verdict. Two men collided with a police officer. Before the collision, the officer swerved to avoid colliding into another vehicle. Both men suffered soft-tissue injuries. They underwent physical therapy for several months. Both men alleged that the officer’s negligence caused their injuries. A Montgomery County jury awarded the two men $42,911.
- 2020, Baltimore City: $55,000 Settlement. A woman was rear-ended at the intersection of Hillside Road and Falls Street. She suffered unspecified injuries. The other driver died from unrelated causes months later. The woman alleged that the deceased’s negligent driving caused her injuries. This case settled for $55,000.
- 2020, Baltimore City: $145,000 Verdict. Plaintiff is T-boned at an intersection by a driver who leaves the scene of the crash. The woman suffers radiating pain to her sciatic and back. She does not have surgery but gets a good bit of physical therapy. Because the driver is unidentified, she hires a lawyer and sues her own insurance company for filing to step up and pay the appropriate about of uninsured motorist benefits. Erie does what these insurance companies do: it arges she was not hurt all that bad. "You still do all of the family's shopping, right?" type of argument. A Baltimore City jury sets Erie straight and awards $145,000. Sadly, she was capped at $100,000 by her own policy limits (the jury is unaware of the limits).
- 2019, Baltimore County: $413,487 Verdict. This is classic left turn case. A westbound vehicle made a left turn and strikes a man’s eastbound vehicle at the intersection of Piney Hill Road and Monkton Road. The man suffers permanent injuries that require surgery The other driver admitted liability. A Baltimore County jury awarded $413,487.
- 2019, Baltimore County: $600,000 Verdict. A man suffered neck, back, and chest injuries after being involved in a T-bone collision. He alleged that the other driver’s negligence caused the collision and his injuries. The man claimed that the other driver failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to slow down, and failed to yield to his vehicle. A Baltimore County jury awarded $600,000, exclusively in pain and suffering. (Often, a car accident lawyer will not seek medical bills if they are insignificant because of concerns the jury will "anchor" themselves to the amount of bills.)
- 2019, Montgomery County: $300,000 Settlement. Many intersection accidents are rear-end collisions. In this case, a Miller & Zois client was rear-ended while stopped waiting to merge. She seemed to have suffered no injuries. But, as often happens, it got worse and worse. She ultimately needed back surgery.
- 2019, Baltimore City: $66,000 Verdict. A westbound vehicle ran a red light and T-boned a woman’s southbound vehicle at the intersection of McHenry Street and Monroe Street. The woman suffered severe and permanent injuries. She alleged that the other driver’s negligence caused the collision and her injuries. The woman claimed that the other driver failed to pay attention to the road, failed to slow down, and failed to yield for a stop sign. Following a bench trial, which is the Baltimore City judge awarded $66,000 in damages. (It is really odd for a victim's accident lawyer to agree to a bench trial in Baltimore City. No clue why this agreement was made.)
You can also get sample Miller & Zois' verdicts in broadside collision cases, many of which are at intersections.
An intersection is defined as having as a crossing of two or more roads.
Nearly 40% of car accidents occur at intersections.
There are many dangerous intersections in Maryland. The one intersection that appears to be the most dangerous is at Gwynns Falls Parkway and Reistertown Road in Baltimore.
Have you been involved in a collision at a junction or intersection? If so, Miller & Zois are a team of attorneys that can help you. Our track record in intersection crashes and in car crash cases in general gives us the kind or resume few can match. Please contact us at 800-553-8082 or get a free case evaluation online.