A motor vehicle accident caused by a driver’s failure to obey traffic signals can result in life-changing injuries to someone in an intersection. A driver who runs a red light or who proceeds through an intersection without granting the right-of-way to another vehicle can cause serious damage to the car and possibly severe injuries to its occupants. If a driver strikes a pedestrian in an intersection, the pedestrian may suffer catastrophic injuries, including head trauma like a traumatic brain injury, back and neck injuries, broken bones, severe lacerations, lost limbs, and paralysis.
If you experienced injuries in an accident resulting from a motorist’s failure to obey traffic signals, you may require surgery and physical therapy. It may be difficult or impossible to care for your family and to do things that you used to enjoy. Your injuries may also debilitate you enough to keep you from going to work. You may be struggling to pay for essentials, such as housing and food, and feel overwhelmed by the growing medical costs.
A Los Angeles failure to obey traffic signals lawyer may be able to help you seek financial compensation for your injuries. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm handles personal injury cases. Call our office at (800) 794-0444 to talk to us about how we may be able to assist you.
Who Has the Right-of-Way at an Intersection?
A driver who is approaching an intersection where a traffic light is a steady red must stop at a line before entering the intersection or the crosswalk, if there is one, according to California Vehicle Code § 21453. A driver at a red light may legally turn right or may make a left turn from a one-way street to another one-way street. Before doing so, the driver must yield the right-of-way to any pedestrians who are in the crosswalk or to any vehicle that is close enough to pose an immediate hazard to the vehicle making the turn. The driver who wants to turn onto another street must continue to yield the right-of-way until it is safe to turn. If the driver at the red light does not want to turn or cannot do so, the vehicle must remain stopped until the light turns green.
If a driver approaches an intersection where a traffic signal has a steady red arrow, that indicates that the driver must stop before entering the intersection or crosswalk. The vehicle must remain stationary until the traffic signal changes to indicate that the driver has permission to proceed.
What a Los Angeles Failure To Obey Traffic Signals Lawyer May Be Able To Do for You
If you were hurt in an accident at an intersection, the Los Angeles failure to obey traffic signals lawyers with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can investigate to figure out what happened. We may review video footage from traffic cameras and nearby surveillance cameras to find out if the driver who hit you ran a red light or failed to grant the right-of-way before making what would have otherwise been a legal turn. We may also interview eyewitnesses to understand what happened.
If we find that the driver’s negligence led to the accident that caused your injuries, we can work to seek financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Sometimes we can negotiate a settlement with an insurance company on behalf of a client, but those efforts are not always successful.
If we believe that an insurance company’s offer would not fairly compensate you for the injuries you suffered, or if the driver did not have adequate liability coverage, we may suggest filing a personal injury lawsuit to seek a financial award. Our Los Angeles failure to obey traffic signals lawyers have handled tough cases in the past, and we are not afraid to help you pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
For a free legal consultation with an failure to obey traffic signals accidents lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 794-0444
Contact a Los Angeles Failure To Obey Traffic Signals Lawyer
A motorist who fails to stop at a red light or who does not take the time to give others the right-of-way before making a turn can cause a collision that can result in devastating and life-changing injuries to other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. If you suffered because someone failed to obey traffic signals at an intersection, you should not have to pay for the resulting medical bills, and your family should not have to suffer financially.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm handles personal injury cases involving a failure to obey traffic signals. If you decide to have us represent you in a personal injury case, you will not have to pay us anything upfront. Since our firm works on a contingency basis, we will only collect payment if we succeed in obtaining a financial award to compensate you for your injuries.
California’s Code of Civil Procedures §335.1 mandates that victims of personal injuries file a lawsuit within two years of the accident. The sooner you contact us, the sooner our team will be able to begin to investigate the circumstances that led to the accident and to seek justice on your behalf. We do not shy away from tough cases, and we are ready to go to work for you. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to discuss your accident with a Los Angeles failure to obey traffic signals lawyer and learn what we may be able to do to help you.