If you have been involved in a left turn or intersection automobile accident, reach out to the attorneys at Silva Injury Law who can assess your case and help you obtain any compensation you deserve.
PREVALENCE OF LEFT-HAND TURN ACCIDENTS
A significant number of motorist accidents occur when a driver is making a left-hand turn across oncoming traffic. This is especially common at intersections. These types of turns require that a driver not only be fully aware of the vehicles driving in the opposite direction, but also pedestrians and bicyclists who are crossing the street. On busy roadways with significant activity, if a driver misjudges the turn, is not paying attention, or is distracted, the turn can result in a number of damages to other vehicles, drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that accidents due to left-hand turns account for the largest number of crashes, making up approximately 22%. Within these accidents, the vast majority are regarded as due to driver error.
The errors made by drivers typically include “inadequate surveillance” and “decision errors.” This essentially means that the driver turning left did not ensure that it was safe to turn. This often means they did not adequately check for pedestrians, bicycles or other vehicles. Decision errors occur when a driver misjudges another driver or person’s actions, makes a turn without having a full view, or performs a maneuver that is illegal.
When an automobile makes a left turn and collides with another car, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian, there is a substantial likelihood of injury that can be both serious and fatal. These injuries can lead to claims for significant damages and possibly wrongful death claims.
LIABILITY IN LEFT-HAND TURN ACCIDENTS
Under California law, a driver who is turning left must yield the right of way to the oncoming vehicles and must make sure they have the adequate space to make a complete turn without interrupting the oncoming traffic. This is why that in the majority of cases involving a left-hand turn accident, the driver who attempted to make the left turn is found to be liable for the accident. This is not always the case, however, and there are a number of exceptions, such as:
- The car going straight through the intersection ran a red light.
- The car going through the intersection was speeding.
- The other driver was operating their vehicle either illegally or distracted.
- Unforeseen circumstances, such as an animal or obstacle wanders to the roadway.
REACH OUT TO AN ATTORNEY IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED IN A CAR ACCIDENT
Insurance companies and their claim adjusters may seek to limit or deny claims related to left-turn injuries. Having an experienced attorney on your case can ensure you receive the appropriate financial compensation for your injuries and damages. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a left-hand turn accident, you should reach out to an attorney at Silva Injury Law today.