As we all know, California drivers ignore, run, or “roll” through stop signs everyday and the problem just seems to get worse and worse.
Many drivers are in such a hurry here in California that they break traffic laws all the time, and running a stop sign has just become a common occurrence.
The reality is that it happens so often, that now here in California we call it the “California Stop.”
Almost 70,000 car accidents happen annually at stop signs and about 33% of these crashes involve injuries of some sort.
This data is quite staggering when you think about it because most of these accidents Could easily be avoided if drivers were more careful and followed basic traffic laws.
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The Law Office of Scott Corwin can help stop sign accident victims anywhere in California and our main office is located in Los Angeles.
Common Causes For Stop Sign Accidents
With over 30 years experience helping car accident victims, Scott Corwin has seen every type of stop sign accident that occurs on the roads here in Southern California.
If you or a family member has been injured in a stop sign accident then please contact us today and get answers to any of your questions.
Every accident is unique, but below are some of the common reasons that lead to accidents at stop signs here in California.
- Weather – bad weather such as rain, fog, or even a bright sunset can obscure one’s vision.
- Driver Error – it’s typical for a driver to make a mistake and believe the intersection is a four-way stop or AKA “all way stop” rather than a two-way stop. So a driver then just passes the stop sign at the same time another motorist drives through the intersection, and a crash occurs.
- Inattention – careless or reckless drivers pass a stop sign without even noticing the stop sign, which all too often leads to a horrible collision with another vehicle in the intersection.
- Obstruction – when a stop sign is blocked or obscured from view by bushes, a parked car, trees, or any other object, it can lead to an accident.
- DUI – drunk driving or driving under the influence happen way too often
- Distracted driving – people nowadays are texting, talking, and even emailing while driving
Why Contact Law Office of Scott Corwin
If you have been injured in a stop sign accident don’t sit and wait for the insurance companies to help you because it could be a long wait.
It is very important to contact a personal injury lawyer immediately after a crash for help, for so many reasons.
Mr. Corwin has over 30 years experience helping injury accident victims in California and he is just a phone call away.
Many accident victims can feel intimidated by the insurance company, or confused on how to get a police report, etc.
It is crucial to get medical treatment right away if you’ve been injured in a stop sign car accident, and Scott Corwin will make sure you get the help you need.
Mr. Corwin is here to help if you’ve been injured in California.
Facts about The Law Office of Scott Corwin
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Legal Liability For Stop Sign Car Accidents
Typically the driver without the right of way is always responsible for a stop sign accident.
This usually occurs from a lack of focus while driving or just simply not paying attention.
The legal system can be very confusing, especially when somebody gets injured in a car accident.
This is why you need to contact our law firm today for help.
The California stop sign law clearly states- Section 22450
(a) The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop at a limit line, if marked, otherwise before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection.
if there is no limit line or crosswalk, the driver shall stop at the entrance to the intersecting roadway.
(b) The driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign at a railroad grade crossing shall stop at a limit line, if marked, otherwise before crossing the first track or entrance to the railroad grade crossing.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a local authority may adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution providing for the placement of a stop sign at any location on a highway under its jurisdiction where the stop sign would enhance traffic safety.
Common Injuries From Stop Sign Car Accidents
If an automobile runs a stop sign or fails to yield to the right-of-way for another car, then there is a good chance a collision will happen and cause serious injuries.
Typical stop sign accidents will be either a head-on or a T-bone, which are notorious for causing major injuries to those involved.
Of course other factors do play a part like wearing a seat belt, speed of the vehicles involved, and type of vehicles involved (SUV, motorcycle, etc.).
If you have suffered an injury from a stop sign car accident (that wasn’t your fault) please call Scott Corwin today for a Free consultation.
Below are the common injuries due to a vehicle running a stop sign:
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
What To Do After a Stop Sign Car Accident
After any car accident it’s always best to stay Calm.
If you panic you will only make the situation more dangerous.
Below is a list of what to do if you’ve been involved in a stop sign accident –
- Call 911 if there are any injuries.
- Exchange info with the other drivers – name, address, phone, driver’s license number, etc.
- Take photos or videos (on cell phone) of the scene itself, damage to your vehicle, etc.
- Get names and contact information of any witnesses (very important)
- Contact Law Office of Scott Corwin
- Contact your insurance agent after you speak to our law firm
How Much Is a Stop Sign Ticket In California
Upon further research, the average fine for running a stop sign is around $240, but usually people will contest the penalty in court and fight the ticket.
Of course if you feel you have a strong defense then you should fight the ticket and try to keep your driving record as clean as possible (assuming there was no accident).
$240 might not seem like a lot of money, but for some people that could pay their monthly car payment.
The best way to avoid getting a ticket for running a stop sign is to follow the law.
The more points you accumulate on your record will only increase your car insurance bills and hurt your driving record.
Annual Intersection Crash Deaths By County
It’s no surprise that the counties with the largest populations have the highest deaths from intersection-related crashes.
Obviously larger cities and counties will have more drivers on the road, think Uber, garbage trucks, motorcyclists, UPS trucks, etc.
Even though bigger counties tend to have the most accidents, it doesn’t mean that you can’t help your odds of avoiding a car accident.
No matter what the population is in the county you live, by driving sober and safe you’ll dramatically lower your chances of causing a car accident in California.
Below is a list of the larger counties.
- Los Angeles County has an average of 259 intersection-related crash death per year.
- Orange County has an average of 4 intersection-related crash deaths per year.
- San Diego County has an average of 2 intersection-related crash deaths per year.
- Alameda County has an average of 6 intersection-related crash deaths per year.
- Riverside County has an average of 4 intersection-related crash deaths per year.
- San Bernardino County has an average of 6 intersection-related crash deaths per year.
- Fresno County has an average of 7 intersection-related crash deaths per year.
- Santa Clara County has an average of 6 intersection-related crash deaths per year.
- Contra Costa County has an average of 5 intersection-related crash deaths per year.
- Sacramento County has an average of 38 intersection-related crash deaths per year.
More Than Just Medical Bills
After any car accident, a major issue for all victims is medical bills.
Medical bills can add up very quickly and can easily reach hundreds of thousands of dollars if a person suffers major injuries.
The truth is that medical bills aren’t the only type of loss that accident victims face.
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Typically damages would include any or all of the following:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Future medical care
- Property damage
- Loss of companionship