Who is at Fault in a Stop Sign Accident?

Vehicle accidents often result in pain and suffering as well as property damage. If you have been involved in a stop sign car accident, you probably know the most common cause is someone speeding through a stop sign.

While speed is a common origin of stop sign accidents, there are other causes which result in more than 70,000 accidents annually, many with injuries. Injuries include circumstances when a driver or pedestrian is hit by a driver running a stopping sign or a driver hits another driver who ran a stop sign. Car accidents involving stop signs also occur at three-way or four-way stops with more than two vehicles involved. When stop sign collisions happen, determining fault can be difficult.

Determining Who is at Fault in Stop Sign Accidents

Obviously stop signs are placed at busy intersections and in neighborhoods to control traffic and keep pedestrians safe. While stop signs are found in combinations of two-way, three-way, and four-way stops, often wrong assumptions about the rules of the road result in accidents.

At two-ways stops, accidents are often the result of a driver who follows the rules and comes to a complete stop at the sign. The driver sees an oncoming car, assumes he or she will also stop, and progresses forward. A side impact accident is often the result.

Failure to yield the right of way is another common cause of stop sign accidents. It often occurs when both cars stop at the sign but proceed into the intersection at the same time causing a collision. Rear end collisions are equally common at stop signs as well. Running stops signs, for reasons like impatience, reckless or distracted driving, or driving under the influence, often causes stop sign accidents.

Liability, though difficult to establish, often comes as a result of a driver failing to comply with traffic laws, such as coming to a complete stop at the stop sign. In some cases, both drivers are held responsible in a stop sign accident. When two vehicles come to an intersection at the same time and both have stop signs the vehicle on the left must yield to the vehicle on the right, so failure to yield the right of way can also determine fault in stop sign accidents.

Injuries Common in Stop Sign Accidents

When you are involved in a stop sign accident, you should call for medical help if anyone is injured, and then call the police to file a report. While some stop sign accidents don’t result in serious injuries, others can result in severe injuries. Some common injures of stop sign accidents are:

When accessing your injuries, your chiropractor will likely order tests including an Digital X-rays or MRIs to determine the extent of your injuries. Once a diagnosis is made, your chiropractor will create a customized care plan which may feature physical therapy and pain management to alleviate your pain, and allow you to return to full strength. If you have been injured in a stop sign accident, the experts at County Line Chiropractic Medical and Rehab are prepared to access your injuries, prepare a customized treatment plan, and help you recover successfully in a safe, natural, and efficient manner.

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