Intersection Crashes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), using data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), has estimated that up to 40% of all auto accidents occur at intersections, resulting in over 2.3 million intersection accidents per year, as well as 700,000 injuries and over 7,000 lost lives. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to another driver’s negligence, we at Agruss Law Firm are here for you every step of the way to ensure that your rights are protected and you are fully compensated for your injuries and losses.

In 2009, about 27% of auto accident fatalities in Illinois occurred at intersections, and there are laws which regulate intersection-traffic and how approaching drivers should act. Here is Illinois state law as it applies to vehicles at intersections:

(625 ILCS 5/11-901) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-901)

Sec. 11-901. Vehicles approaching or entering intersection.

(a) When 2 vehicles approach or enter an intersection from different roadways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left must yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.

(b) The right-of-way rule declared in paragraph (a) of this Section is modified at through highways and otherwise as stated in this Chapter.

Here are the common types of intersection auto accidents:

  • Turning accidents – Between 2005 and 2007, turning at an intersection was the cause of over 23% of intersection accidents, according to estimates from the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey.
  • Running stop signs or stoplights – These are often cases of outright negligence which involve reckless driving, intoxicated driving, “road rage,” or a combination of these and can result in serious accidents.
  • U-turns – Under state law, Illinois drivers cannot make U-turns within 100 feet of an intersection unless there is official signage which permits them to do so.
  • Uncontrolled intersections – Some intersections do not have signs or lights to direct traffic, and failure to respect the right-of-way rules at these intersections can result in serious and even fatal accidents. In 2009, over 40% of all traffic-related fatalities occurred at uncontrolled intersections.

We at Agruss Law Firm are proud to serve our fellow citizens in personal injury cases, especially when you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, and we are fully committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that the other party is held legally accountable when negligence occurs. We will fight until the very end to ensure that you are fully compensated for all injuries and losses resulting from the accident, including medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and you won’t owe us a dime for our services.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to another driver’s negligence, contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation. Helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people and not the powerful, we will take care of the insurance adjusters, your medical bills, your property damage, and your lost wages, and monitor your treatment so you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Agruss Law Firm, LLC is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.