Who is Liable for an Intersection Collision in Maryland?

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Intersection collision accidents represent a large percentage of motor vehicle accidents in Maryland and across the country, due to the very nature of a location where two or more roads cross each other. Because drivers at intersections often are turning left or right and crossing over, the actions of drivers at intersections create a greater opportunity for calamity. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that thirty-five to forty percent of all motor vehicle accidents involve intersections. For more information on who is liable for an intersection collision, please continue reading, then contact one of our experienced car accident attorneys in Prince George’s County, Maryland today.

What might cause an intersection collision in Maryland?

Primarily, actions attributable to negligent drivers not paying sufficient attention are the root causes of the majority of intersection collisions. Negligent drivers may make excuses but Maryland does not officially recognize any of them in court. That said, common causes of intersection collisions include:

  • Inadequate surveillance, i.e. failing to use one’s senses
  • Making false assumptions about the other drivers’ actions
  • Turning with an obstructed view
  • Making an illegal maneuver
  • Internal distraction
  • Misjudging a gap or other’s speed
  • Faulty traffic control devices
  • Other external factors, such as a mechanical issue with the motor vehicle itself

What types of injuries might one sustain from an intersection collision?

Unfortunately, intersection collisions result in some of the most catastrophic injuries seen in motor vehicle accident cases, especially if the offending vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and contacted another moving vehicle. The very high force of impact in an intersection collision increases the likelihood of serious injuries, such as:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury, including paraplegia or quadriplegia
  • Serious fractures, often to the legs and lower body
  • Death

Who can you hold responsible for an intersection collision in Maryland?

Maryland operates under the contributory negligence model. Under this model, the plaintiff can recover damages, i.e. financial compensation, against any other at-fault party, so long as the jury determines that they do not share any of the liability for the accident. When determining fault, the jury will look at all the circumstances of the accident, particularly which parties violated traffic rules and how pivotal those traffic violations were to the parties’ injuries. Traffic violations include speeding, ignoring traffic control devices and signage or turning without looking. Thus, if you contributed in any way to the accident, you will receive no financial compensation.

If you find this at all confusing, please speak with one of our skilled Prince George’s County motor vehicle accident attorneys immediately.


If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC. We provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C., and all of Maryland. 

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