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Failure to Yield at an Intersection Can Result in Serious Injuries

The failure to yield at an intersection can result in serious injuries for Louisville drivers.  Intersection accidents and failure to yield injury cases are becoming more common each year here in the Louisville area and across the State of Kentucky.  According to the Kentucky State Police, distracted driving has never been higher and cell phone use while driving contributes to an increasing number of injuries each year.  These distractions are leading to a greater number of accidents in Louisville intersections.

For example, you arrive at a four-way stop and bring your vehicle to a smooth halt.  You wait your turn, and as you enter the intersection you are broadsided by a driver who ran the stop sign or failed to yield the right of way.

Many intersections across Louisville are controlled by traffic lights.  However, the discretion of how to handle a yellow light is left to each driver.  While yellow is intended to encourage drivers to slow down and enter an intersection with caution, it seems to many to be a signal to speed up in an attempt to catch the light.  The failure to yield at an intersection can result in serious injuries to drivers and passengers in all impacted vehicles.

The power and force of a side-impact or t-bone car accident submits the body to powerful and harsh forces which lash the torso, head and limbs in multiple directions at speed in fractions of a second.  The injuries in an intersection accident often include severe head trauma, broken bones, injuries to the neck and spine and often harm to internal organs.  Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI is not uncommon in a side-impact or intersection crash.  The brain is suspended in fluid and the forces associated with impact cause the brain to impact the skull with force, even though the head may not have impacted any object or obstruction within the car.

The failure to yield at an intersection can result in serious injuries for Louisville drivers and the attorneys at HLH encourage everyone to be a little more cautious during Derby week.  We have many visitors who are not familiar with the Louisville area, and extra precaution is not only wise, it might prevent severe injury or save your life.

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