Boulder Intersection Accident Attorneys
Whether you are heading to work in the morning, coming home in the evening, or just out for a night on the town, driving around Boulder should not be inherently risky. However, there are certain intersections in our city that are more dangerous than others. While the city takes its time conducting studies and proposing possible solutions, many residents are seriously injured at these locations. In the majority of cases, these accidents are a result of a driver’s negligence, while others are due to poor roadway design that made them unavoidable.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an intersection accident, or anywhere else in Boulder County, take action right now. You deserve compensation for your suffering, for repairs to your vehicle, and for the medical expenses that follow a serious injury. Do not accept a small payout from an insurance company that will fall short of covering your actual needs. Call a Boulder car accident lawyer at the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, at (303) 665-2929 for a free consultation to discuss the options available to you.
There are a number of dangerous intersections throughout Boulder, according to the Boulder Transportation Advisory Board. Different factors make these intersections more likely to host collisions, including the road design, number of lanes, design of bike lanes, and amount of pedestrian traffic in the area.
One of the Board’s findings is that six of the ten most dangerous intersections in the city are in close proximity to each other. You should be particularly careful when driving near:
- 30th St. and Pearl St.
- 30th St. and Arapahoe Ave.
- 30th St. and Baseline Road
- 30th St. and Colorado Ave.
- 28th St. and Colorado Ave.
- Regent Drive and Colorado Ave.
Four of the most dangerous intersections in Boulder are in a small area along 30th Street, and three are along Colorado Avenue. If you have been in a collision in this area, liability for the crash may be more complicated than you realize at first. The negligence of other drivers can certainly come into play, but other elements such as pedestrian behavior may also have caused the wreck.
Outside of Boulder itself, there are also unsafe roadways. In particular, the stretch of U.S. 287 that runs through Boulder County is particularly deadly. Over the past few years, there have been over a dozen deaths in the short, nine-mile stretch of highway between Lafayette and Longmont. The lack of a lane divider and the high speeds many drivers travel contribute to these serious accidents.
In addition to the major intersections listed above, Boulder features three main types of intersections where accidents can occur:
- 4-way intersections: These are the typical intersections that most drivers imagine and, while efficient, come with their own risks. These intersections feature four perpendicular lanes of traffic that are controlled by stop signs or traffic lights, as well as crosswalks to protect pedestrians. But despite these measures, there is still the risk of drivers speeding, ignoring the right of way, or making dangerous lane changes.
- Merging intersections: Along certain highways and major roads, on and off ramps allow drivers to easily merge into traffic. These ramps should be marked clearly with signs and road paint to warn drivers about merging lanes of traffic. However, many still ignore these signs and sideswipe other drivers when they are merging.
- T-intersections: T-intersections located on curved or hilled roads can be incredibly confusing for most drivers as they may not be able to see if the traffic is clear before they make a turn in either direction. This can cause them to hesitate or speed into an intersection, both of which can cause a serious collision.
At all intersections, drivers should be aware of Colorado laws regarding right turns. Unless there is a sign stating otherwise, drivers in Colorado are allowed to turn right at an intersection when the traffic light is red. This maneuver must be done safely and carefully. If a turning driver does not check for oncoming traffic, they may cause a T-bone collision. Alternatively, if an oncoming driver changes lane within the intersection, they may cause a collision with a driver making a right turn.
While poor road design, multiple lanes of traffic, and a large number of vehicles can make an accident unavoidable, many are actually the result of poor driving behaviors. Even if an intersection has a confusing design, drivers should be able to determine the right of way, speed limits, and how to safely turn without causing an accident. However, there are several drivers in and around Boulder who completely ignore their duty of care when driving and negligently cause serious accidents.
The major causes behind intersection accidents include:
- Dangerous lane changes in intersections
- Failing to check cross traffic before making a turn
- Misjudging other drivers’ speed
- Speeding at yellow lights
However, while many of these actions are risky, illegal actions can cause even more devastating accidents. Negligent drivers often cause collisions at intersections by:
If a driver commits just one of these actions at an intersection, they can cause widespread devastation and seriously injure other drivers.
Intersection accidents typically lead to three types of accidents, each of which come with their own risks:
- Rear-end Collisions: If a driver is intoxicated, speeding, or distracted by their phone, it becomes significantly harder for them to come to a complete stop at an intersection. This can result in high-speed and high-impact rear-end collisions. While most occupants can walk away from a low-speed fender bender with few injuries, a high-impact rear-end collision can cause severe trauma, ranging from extensive spinal cord injuries to brain damage. It is important to note that most airbags are only designed to activate when the front of the vehicle collides with an object, meaning it may not deploy in a rear-end collision.
- T-Bone Accidents: T-bones are especially common at intersections due to the constant crossflow of traffic. If a driver makes an illegal turn or runs a red light, it is extremely likely that they will strike another driver in the center of the road. While the front and back of a car have crumple zones, a T-bone can directly impact a driver and the occupants as the center of the car crumples around them. Their bodies can be violently jerked within the vehicle or crushed against the car’s doors.
- Sideswipes: Sideswipes are more common in merging intersections where drivers do not properly check their blind spots or pay attention to traffic signs. These accidents can cause both drivers to lose control and swerve into other lanes, causing further collisions, or even be driven off the road or into guardrails, leading to extensive damage.
Each of these accidents can lead to extensive trauma which may require hospitalization, surgeries, and months of therapy to recover from. However, if your accident was caused by a negligent driver, then you are well within your rights to file an auto accident claim against their insurance policy. A claim could be your best option at recovering compensation for your injuries and allowing you to cover your medical bills and future treatment. However, claims can also include additional costs that you have suffered, including lost wages if you had to take time off of work, lost career opportunities if you had to change jobs due to a disability, or even the emotional and physical pain you have gone through due to the accident.
Receiving compensation for an intersection accident should be as simple as filling out a form with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, but that, sadly, is not the case. Insurance companies are rarely ever charitable and may try to minimize the amount of money you receive. That is why working with the Tenge Law Firm, LLC is your best option after a collision. Our legal team has extensive experience winning our clients sizable jury verdicts and insurance settlements after they were injured in an accident.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious accident anywhere in Boulder, you might feel powerless or unsure of what to do next. That’s when you need an experienced Boulder car accident lawyer to represent you and fight for your rights. We only take on a handful of cases each year so that we can devote the right amount of time to your claim and get you the most out of your settlement. To schedule a free consultation, call the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, at (303) 665-2929 and put us to work for you.
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