Injured in a Stop Sign Accident?

Stop Sign Violation Accident Attorneys

Stop sign violations can become serious when a person is injured or killed.

Thousands of Californians are involved in car accidents each year because someone runs a stop sign.

In the United States, millions of people walk, ride, bike, or drive through intersections with stop signs every single day. Every year, there are nearly 70,000 collisions caused by a driver carelessly running a stop sign. And about one third of those accidents result in injuries.

There are as many scenarios for collisions are there are stop signs in the world. Here are just a couple of example: A driver may hit the person that ran the stop sign, or a driver may be hit by a person running a stop sign. In an intersection with a 3 or 4 way stop, its possible there are multiple vehicles involved. And often, when a stop sign violation results in an accident, it can be tricky to determine who was at fault.

In some cases, it is necessary to investigate the intersection where the collision occurred. We have an experienced investigator examine everything, from the design of the intersection and pavement conditions to the damage to the vehicles involved.

Common Causes of Stop Sign Accidents

Law enforcement does their best to stop as many stop-sign runners as possible, but despite their best efforts it continues to be a problem. Drivers violate stop signs for a myriad of reasons. Some of the most common ones include the following:

  • Impatience – some people tend to be in a hurry and don’t want to take the time to stop completely or at all.
  • Reckless driving – some drivers go through a stop sign without even realizing it.
  • Distracted driving – some text while driving or talk on their cell phone while driving.
  • Drunk driving – when a person is drinking while driving they are generally visually impaired and can run stop signs.

It is important to contact the law offices of Zappettini and Bradley if you have been in a car accident that involved a driver that committed a stop sign violation.

Contact a Sacramento Car Accident Attorney

If you were a passenger in someone else’s car and were injured in a car accident, contact The Law Offices of Zappettini and Bradley by phone at 916-457-5022, or fill out our online contact form. We understand that monetary compensation can never return a person’s health or erase the lasting effects of a personal injury. However, it can alleviate many of the day-to-day problems confronted by the victim and their family.

What to do if you were involved in an accident

Because a car crash is completely unanticipated, its impact often takes us by surprise. In an instant, your life can be turned upside down and this could take a huge toll emotionally, physically, and financially. During the aftermath of an auto accident, there are specific actions that you can take that will help protect your legal rights while simultaneously positioning you to recover. The following tips will help you on the track to a quick recovery.

You should always check the physical states of everyone who was involved in the accident and call 911 if necessary. Make sure you tell emergency responders detailed information about the crash as well as any symptoms you are having. You should know that sometimes people underestimate how severe their injury is because of the adrenaline rush brought on by accident. Always request a complete examination and follow all of the doctor’s orders for treatment. This helps you heal faster and prevents another party from making the claim that you are partially to blame for your ailment since you didn’t listen to your doctor’s advice.

Call the police immediately and ask them to write up a report that details the car accident. Ask the officer for a copy of his report and keep this write-up for your own records. Your auto accident attorney will use this report to prepare your claim.

Figuring out how an accident happened is best done right after it happened. Make sure and write down the contact information ( including the name, address, driver’s license number, and insurance information ) for everyone involved. Also, make sure and get pictures of the scene of the accident. You can take pictures of the parts of the crash scene that you think contributed to the wreck and the parts of your car that are damaged. Make sure you get close-up shots that show detailed information as well as wide shots of the entire scene. Also, it is a good idea to keep parts of the vehicle that broke off in the accident. Your car accident lawyer will examine those parts and could learn crucial information on how the crash happened.

You should watch what you say to other parties involved in the accident, to bystanders, and to insurance agents. Any admission you made can limit your ability in bringing forth a claim later. Instead, let your lawyer handle these kinds of communications.

If anyone was injured in the accident, it’s best to consult an experienced attorney. An attorney can help you maximize your recovery if you’re injured or better defend yourself if you’re at fault. Many accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. That means that your lawyer only receives a fee if you’re awarded damages or receive a settlement.