Traffic signals help drivers determine when it is safe to travel through an intersection. While the vast majority of drivers handle red lights properly, some motorists fail to do so.
When a driver is in a hurry or not paying attention and runs a red light, it can lead to a collision that results in severe damages for those involved. If this happened to you, you could be facing a long recovery, as intersection accidents often cause devastating injuries.
Consider contacting a Biloxi red light accident lawyer to represent your interests against the negligent driver. You have the right to seek damages for pain, suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. Call the Morris Bart law office today at (228) 357-9621 for a free review of your cases.
Types of Red Light Accidents
Multiple types of accidents can occur when a driver runs a red light at an intersection, leading to injuries that could completely change the way you are able to work and live your life. Examples include rear-end crashes, T-bone collisions, and pedestrian accidents.
For a free legal consultation with a Red Light Accident lawyer serving Biloxi, call (228) 357-9621
Rear-End Crashes at a Red Light
According to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), distracted driving is a frequent occurrence in the state. If a vehicle stops at an intersection to wait for a green light, and the approaching is distracted, a rear-end accident may occur. Since these collisions happen at normal traveling speeds, serious injuries and fatalities are possible.
Drivers who ran a red light were responsible for nearly 9,000 fatal accidents at intersections over a 10-year period, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
When a driver is in a hurry, they may try to enter the intersection as or after the traffic light has changed to red. By this point, however, drivers traveling in the perpendicular direction may already be in the intersection and will have the right of way. This can lead to a side-impact crash, also called a T-bone collision.
Since the driver trying to beat the light may speed up while heading into the intersection, a T-bone crash could result in significant injuries to everyone involved. The side of the car that suffers the impact may collapse, leaving the driver or passenger with crushing injuries.
Pedestrian Accidents at Intersections
Pedestrians walking in the crosswalk can also be at risk of a red light accident. Drivers who run a red light may not see pedestrians in the crosswalk, who likely have the right of way. This can lead to catastrophic injuries for the pedestrian in the collision, as they have no protection against the oncoming car.
When you have been involved in an accident like this at a traffic light-controlled intersection, contact us for a free case review. Call the Morris Bart law office at (228) 357-9621 today to discuss your eligibility for compensation.
How an Attorney Can Help Your Case
When you have suffered an injury as a result of a crash with a negligent driver, you have the right to seek compensation for your pain, suffering, emotional trauma, lost wages, and medical bills.
You may believe you can achieve a fair settlement without hiring a Biloxi red light accident lawyer. However, if your injuries have you facing a long rehabilitation process and the inability to work in the same capacity you did prior to the crash, it could complicate your case.
Your settlement amount could be significant, which means the stakes in your case are much higher. Rather than dealing with the pressures of a complex legal case on your own, you can hire a law firm to represent you. An attorney from the Morris Bart law office can help in many ways, including by:
- Handling negotiations. We will take over negotiations with the insurance company, leaving you more time to heal and focus on your family.
- Proving fault. We will study the police report and other documents, look at any video of the accident scene, and interview witnesses to find evidence that shows the other driver was at fault for running the red light.
- Reviewing your injuries. We will closely study your medical records and interview your doctors to determine what kind of health situation you are facing going forward and how much your injuries may reduce your quality of life.
- Studying your lost income. We will look at your trajectory as an employee, determining how much your injuries may hinder your ability to continue to earn a living.
- Building your case. Once we have the necessary information, we can use it to build a strong case that supports your right to damages from the negligent driver.
Allow Morris Bart, LTD to Review Your Case
You have up to three years to initiate a personal injury lawsuit after an accident in Mississippi, according to Mississippi House Bill 1257 §15-1-49. We at the Morris Bart law office recommend that victims start the process of seeking a claim as soon as possible after the accident to give them the best chance at a successful outcome.
When you hire a Biloxi red light accident lawyer from our firm after your accident occurs, we can investigate the crash while the facts are still clear in the minds of witnesses. We will also be able to track down photographs and videos related to the accident more easily if we begin our investigation relatively soon after the collision.
Contact us at (228) 357-9621 for a free case review today. If we take your case, we will ensure that you meet all of the related deadlines and fight to win you a fair settlement.
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