Two pickup trucks were involved in an intersection collision in Victorville, California. At the intersection of Dos Palmas and Amargosa, a Chevrolet and Ford collided after the Chevrolet was making a left turn while the Ford was traveling through on southbound Amargosa Road. Ultimately, the front of the Ford collided into the passenger side of the Chevrolet. After the initial collision, both vehicles had secondary collisions with a hydrant and a light pole. Fortunately, witnesses saw the accident and were willing to come forward to identify the Ford as the responsible vehicle for the accident when it apparently ran a red light at a high rate of speed. Both occupants of the trucks did not report serious injuries at the scene of the accident.
Intersection collision cases can be straight-forward if both parties are responsible and tell the truth about how the accident occurred, or they can be cruelly difficult. If credible witnesses come forward to assist in identifying how the accident occurred, the ability to establish proper liability is more likely achievable. The real challenge in intersection collisions comes when there are no independent witnesses and both parties claim the legal right to be in the intersection at the time of the collision.
If you are in an intersection accident, and you are able to do so, make every effort to find witnesses or evidence which supports liability against the appropriate party. Do not anticipate the opposing party, or the insurance company for the other party will always do the right thing. Often, if independent witnesses are not available to help establish liability, the insurance company for the at-fault party may attempt to shift some or all of the liability to the innocent victim in the accident merely because there are no independent witnesses and their insured has newly declared his or her innocence in causing the accident.