Crashes at Virginia Intersections
One common type of motor vehicle collision that often results in serious injuries is the wreck between two cars at the intersection of two roads. Particularly when the roads are major boulevards that intersect, the injuries can be worse because it typically means a T‑bone side impact or broadside collision.
Both the driver and passengers are particularly vulnerable when the angle of impact is coming from the side at 90 degrees as is often the case when someone runs a red light or pulls out improperly from a stop sign. I have seen many of these kinds of wrecks during my 25 years as a personal injury attorney in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
One question that often develops in a Virginia automobile accident at an intersection is who had the light. There can often be a cross swearing match between the two drivers each claiming to have had the green light or the right of way. In these cases finding an independent witness who saw the wreck is critical being able to get a fair settlement from the insurance company or to win the case it would have to go to court. An independent witness who doesn’t know either of the parties prior to the wreck is in the best position to break the tie between the two sides each claiming that the other was at fault.
Many times I have had my clients say that they thought that the police got the name of some independent witness. However it is surprising how many times the police never actually get the contact information for all independent witnesses. Even if the police officer had some contact with the eyewitnesses they may not have done enough follow up to be sure exactly what they saw. This is where having an attorney with an investigative team is important. As an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney I know how critical it is to get boots on the ground and to interview the witnesses immediately following an intersection accident. I then make sure that we know exactly what the witness says and how to get in touch with that witness even months later as may be necessary in some cases.
It always amazes me how many people will flat out lie to the police officer in an investigation of what happens in an intersection accident. In the past month I had depositions with the at‑fault driver who admitted to me that the story he told the police after the wreck was a fabrication that he had invented because he was afraid that he would get in trouble and knew that his mother whose car he was driving would be upset with him for having run the red light. This young man as least was honest enough to admit after the fact that he had told a lie because he was scared. Other people may be much more calculating about the lies that they tell particularly to officers at an intersection accident investigation. Some after they tell the lie may either convince themselves that it is true or just keep sticking with the lie even when they themselves doubt that their version of the facts is true. Unfortunately this is the nature of the world and particularly of personal injury litigation which I spend every day working on.
If you or a loved one was hit in an intersection collision that wasn’t your fault you should definitely contact me to find out if I can help you to deal with the injuries that resulted and making an insurance claim for all the harms and losses you suffered. With all of the big roads where the traffic moves fast in Hampton Roads, Virginia I can already guess some of the streets that may have been involved such as Hampton Boulevard or Tidewater Drive in Norfolk, Military Highway or Greenbrier Parkway in Chesapeake, Jefferson Avenue or Oyster Point Road on the peninsula or Princess Anne Road, Independence Boulevard or Virginia Beach Boulevard in Virginia Beach. I hope you and your family manage to be safe on your daily commute and errands but unfortunately intersection wrecks do happen. If you have been hurt due to the fault of another driver call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 for a free consultation.