When you have been involved in an auto accident, you may have concerns that you will not be able to prove your case and that the other party acted in a negligent way. For instance, liability is usually clear in cases where it can be proven that a driver was drinking and driving or using a cell phone at the time of the accident. Liability is also usually quite clear in a case involving a rear-ender because those behind tend to be liable for accidents for not stopping in time. Today we will focus on left-turn accidents and determine whether or not the person turning left is always liable, and how it plays a role in your case.
The Truth About Left-Turn Accidents
When somebody is making a left-turn in front of another party, it is usually the person who is coming from a straight path who receives damages. Usually, the law always holds a party liable who turned and failed to watch out for others while doing so. However, when it all boils down to it, the evidence provided in your case will tell all and help determine if you have contributed to your injuries or if you played no role in your accident.
Here is what a left-turning driver is supposed to do, according to the law: The driver making the left turn is supposed to always wait, no matter what, to ensure that the road is entirely clear and free of traffic before making their move. However, sometimes drivers are distracted or not paying attention to the other line of traffic and an accident occurs. If the driver ensures that nobody is coming, they can safely make a left turn without traffic getting in the way. How do you determine if the left-hand turning driver is liable for your accident?
You can usually determine that a driver has acted recklessly based on the fact that they were not looking out for the other line of traffic coming through the traffic intersection. The driver turning left should always, under every circumstance, yield to traffic moving on through. This means that, if there is no clear path, turning is a no-go. It is difficult for the other party to defend their actions when it is clear they completely disregarded you and that you were traveling at a safe speed at the time of your accident.
Protecting Your Rights
After a left-turn accident, it is not unheard of for the other party to try to pin the blame on you. Perhaps they claim that, at the time of the accident, you were driving too fast through the intersection or traveling too fast for road conditions. Perhaps they will claim that you drove through a red light at the time of the accident. These are statements that you will have to back up to protect yourself. The best way to protect your best interests is to call an attorney who can help you every step of the way when it comes to your accident. We want to help you at J.D. Haas & Associates. Call us for more information at 952-345-1025.