If You Have Suffered Serious Injuries in a Left-Turn Accident

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 36% of all automobile accidents happen at intersections, with 480,000 of those crashes involving left-hand turning drivers. Some of the main reasons include an obstructed view while turning, inadequate surveillance, misjudgment of speed, and more. The study shows that these types of accidents are most likely to cause a fatal intersection crash more than any other type of accident. Because of this, if you have survived a left-turn accident, you may have suffered from very serious injuries. We can help in your time of need.

Why Do These Accidents Occur?  

left-turn accidentVehicles making a left turn must wait until they can make the turn safely. This is so that they do not move through an area of oncoming vehicle traffic without looking beforehand. To determine whether or not negligence was utilized in an accident, a driver must have acted carelessly in some way. In left-turn accidents, fault is almost always automatic to the vehicle that made the left turn because they are permitted to watch out for any traffic that is oncoming, and turn only when they have a safe chance to do so.

Determining fault is the only way that you will be able to receive compensation for your injuries if you have been injured by a careless driver. These cases usually become extremely complicated by judges and juries.

Are There Exceptions in These Cases?  

There are several exceptions in these cases, and times in which the person making the left-hand turn would not be liable. In cases where liability would nearly by automatic, these exceptions are true:

  • The vehicle approaching from the other direction was traveling way too fast and went through the light at an excess speed limit. This happens in cases where a driver is driving so quickly that nobody could see them coming. However, these cases are also very difficult to prove without witnesses.
  • The vehicle approaching the intersection in a straight path drove through a red traffic light, ultimately breaking the law and putting you in a bad position.
  • The vehicle making the left turn started turning when it was safe to do so, but while turning, the car slowed and stopped turning. In these instances, the driver may have been surprised to see the other driving coming in an unexpected fashion, and didn’t have enough time to complete the turn because of this.

When You Have Been Injured in a Left-Turn Accident 

Left-hand turn accidents are more common than you may have imagined. In these cases, the other driver will almost always be liable for the damages stemming from your injuries, unless an exception applies – and even then, they are still extremely difficult to prove. It helps to turn to an accident attorney when you have been injured and aren’t sure where to turn. At Edelstein Martin & Nelson, we have experience determining liable parties and can help you compensate when you have been injured due to another driver. You can call us today at 888-208-1810 for more information on how we can help you.

Sources

http://www.attorneys.com/auto-accidents/car-making-left-turn-almost-always-found-liable

https://www.hg.org/article.asp?id=41910