Intersection car accidents, also known as T-bone car accidents are among some of the deadliest. They're also some of the most common. Drivers who combine several aggressive or negligent driving behaviors are at increased risk of a crash, and put all those around them at risk as well. However, negligent and aggressive drivers who cause these wrecks leave evidence behind, and that helps car accident lawyers fight for justice for the victims.
Using Evidence to Determine Causation
One of the best ways to determine the cause of an intersection accident is with clear evidence that does not require forensic evaluation. After a Bellingham car crash, experienced Washington State personal injury attorneys will immediately look for and obtain the following evidence, if available:
- Police report (click for information on how to file a police report)
- CC-TV footage from local businesses
- Cell phone videos and photos of the scene
- Witness statements
- Vehicle maintenance records
- Cell phone and social media records
- Vehicle black-box records
- Blood alcohol and drug tests
Although not all of this evidence is always available, a video of the accident from a local convenience store or dash camera may immediately reveal the cause of the accident. Because eyewitness accounts of the accident are often unreliable, it is best to match an eyewitness account with documentary evidence of the scene in order to determine the cause. For these reasons, it is also important to take photographs and videos of the scene of the accident and the damage to the vehicles before there is any disruption. Provided you are in a safe location, be sure to take a picture of the exact position of the vehicles after the accident, any debris left on the road as a result of the accident, tread marks left by either car, traffic signals or traffic control devices nearby, and any markings left on your vehicle as the result of the accident, i.e., paint from the other car.
Because intersection accidents generally involve multiple vehicles, it is sometimes the case that both drivers can be considered negligent. For example, if you are stopped at a four-way stop and each driver involved in the accident has a reason for believing they had the right-of-way, this may result in both parties being considered partially “at fault” for the accident, but if you were the only one injured, what are your options for recovery? As you can imagine, this process can get quite complicated, especially for those reeling from the trauma of a car accident. Your best bet in an intersection car accident is to talk with a personal injury attorney about how to get the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Bellingham Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney Today
It is not always easy to determine the cause of an accident, especially an intersection accident when there are two supposed sides to the story. However, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries even if the cause of the accident is not clear. Bill Coats Law has your premier personal injury lawyers in Bellingham, and they have experience fighting for your right to compensation after a Whatcom County car accident. Contact them today online or at 360-392-2833 for a free, no-risk consultation about your car accident. Click here for more information on how to find the best personal injury and car accident attorney in Bellingham.