“I have the green… are they going to stop?!“
If you’ve ever uttered something similar, then you know all too well the danger that exists at every Indiana intersection. In fact, it’s a problem motorists face at intersections throughout the U.S.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), approximately half of all traffic accidents in the U.S. resulting in injury occur at an intersection. Worse yet, intersections account for a quarter of our country’s traffic fatalities.
Why Do So Many Car Accidents Happen at Intersections?
Attorney Matt Boulton has represented Hoosiers throughout Indiana for intersection-related accidents. His investigation into the cause of these car accidents often lead to a number of traditional culprits, such as:
- Disregarding traffic signals, i.e., driver runs a red light or stop sign
- Failure to yield
- Distracted driving
- Following too close
- Driver(s) under the influence of alcohol or illegal substance
Recently, attorney Boulton was asked to investigate a car accident that occurred at an intersection in Avon, Indiana. This particular accident involved two vehicles at a light-controlled intersection that was also undergoing construction.
Avon Car Accident Case
In a report filed by the Avon Police Department, the car accident occurred at the intersection of US 36 and Ronald Regan Parkway, as pictured in the following accident diagram:
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How the accident happened
The Ford F-150 is being driven by the Defendant (Driver 1), while the Toyota Camry is being driven by our client (Driver 2).
When the responding officer arrived at the scene, he was able to speak to both drivers.
According to Driver 1, he was southbound on Ronald Reagan Parkway approaching the traffic-light controlled intersection at U.S. 36. He told the officer that he became confused due to the altered lane set-up arranged by the orange traffic cones.
Additionally, Driver 1 stated that he was waiting to make a left-hand turn to go east on U.S. 36, but he didn’t realize this particular traffic light contained red and green turn arrow lights in addition to the solid red, yellow, and green lights.
Because Driver 1 saw a solid green light, he assumed it was ok to make his turn. Unfortunately, the turn arrow was solid red at this time. As a result, Driver 1 made his left-hand turn thinking he had the right-of-way and turned in front of Driver 2.
Driver 2 advised the officer that he was northbound on Roald Reagan Parkway approaching the traffic-controlled light at U.S. 36. He further stated that he saw a solid green on the traffic light and attempted to continue north through the intersection.
As Driver 2 entered the intersection, he was involved in an unavoidable collision with Driver 1’s Ford F-150.
As a result of the impact, both vehicles suffered significant damage and were required to be towed away from the accident scene. The responding officer estimated the amount of property damage sustained by both vehicles to be between $10,000 and $25,000.
The Avon accident report lists “Disregard Signal” as the primary cause of the collision and places liability on Driver 1.
While neither driver suffered traumatic or life-threatening injuries, the force of the collision did result in soft-tissue injuries to our client.
Specifically, the car accident left him with pain in his neck and right shoulder that required ongoing medical treatment.
And because our client had no fault for the accident, he was entitled to seek compensation from the defendant’s insurance company.
Avon Personal Injury Attorney
After considering his options, our client had decided it was in his best interest to hire an Avon personal injury attorney to handle his case and the claims process. Gratefully, he chose us.
Once Boulton Law Group was hired, our client was able to put exclusive focus on his medical treatment and recovery, while attorney Boulton dealt with the defendant’s insurance company.
Ultimately, the goal in this case was to recover maximum compensation for our client, as well as look for opportunities to reduce or eliminate any medical bills/costs that he incurred as a result of the accident.
Our client’s review speaks to the case result:
About Boulton Law Group
Founded by attorney Matt Boulton, Boulton Law Group is an award-winning, Indiana personal injury law firm serving Hoosiers throughout the entire state.
Attorney Boulton focuses exclusively on the following case types:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Dog bite injuries
- Slip and fall injuries
- Wrongful death lawsuits
- Negligent security
- Nursing home abuse
Additionally, the firm was built and designed for individuals and families seeking custom case strategies and a unique approach to client service.
As such, Boulton Law Group offers a Zero Fee Guarantee to anyone who sustains injuries resulting from a car accident. This guarantee means that you will never pay for a review of your potential case, and you owe the firm absolutely nothing unless we are hired and a recovery is made on your behalf.
If you have questions about a car accident or other personal injury-related matter, you can send the details of your story to attorney Boulton by using the firm’s confidential, free contact form.
We look forward to learning more about how we can help you!