Charlotte Injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “Should I file the property damage claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or with my insurance company?”
Chances are you have driven through a town equipped with red light cameras to catch drivers who run red lights and to prevent more drivers from running red lights. These cameras are part of a safety initiative to make the roads safer for all parties. A red light camera can be beneficial in that if a driver receives a ticket for a red light violation once, he or she might be deterred from doing it in the future. Additionally, other drivers might know of the existence of the cameras and not want to risk receiving a fine for running a red light, so they avoid running lights altogether. While red light cameras offer a variety of safety benefits such as protecting pedestrians, protecting cars crossing through an intersection, etc., there are some downsides, as well.
One such downside of red light cameras is that when a driver encounters a red light camera when approaching an intersection, he or she is more likely to slam on the brakes suddenly instead of continuing through the intersection. Drivers behind that car might have thought that there was time for both to proceed through the intersection and are therefore unprepared to stop quickly. This can result in rear-end collisions that can severely injure all parties involved.
A study conducted by the Federal Highway Association found that the rate of right angle crashes, commonly referred to T-bone accidents, has decreased in areas implementing red light cameras. This same study found that the rate of rear-end collisions has increased in these areas because drivers are more likely to slam on their brakes.
Injuries incurred in rear-end collisions can be quite serious. Common injuries include concussion, whiplash, soft tissue issues, hernias, and even traumatic brain injury. These injuries can result in thousands of dollars of medical bills. Even if immediately following the accident you do not think that you are injured, it is imperative that you seek medical attention to receive a thorough check up to check for any undiagnosed injuries.
Every car accident is different, and each case must be looked at independently. Usually, each party of a car accident wants to hold the other driver responsible. In a rear-end collision, it might seem like the car that rams into the back of the other is guaranteed to be the one responsible. However, in terms of a personal injury suit to recover damages, there is the possibility to recover damages, even if you were the car hitting the other car. Each situation is different and an experienced attorney can examine the case and make a recommendation.
The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are here to help you following an accident. If a red light camera has caused you to crash into another vehicle, or you have been hit by a driver after stopping for a red light, our attorneys are here for you. A car accident can result in large amount of financial damages. Let us help you present the best possible case to receive the best possible outcome under the circumstances. Contact us today for a consultation, now taking cases throughout the Charlotte region with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and our new location in Monroe, call us at 704-370-2828 or click here for additional resources.
The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life, and that the effects so often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to helping clients determine the strength of their claims, and to aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.
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