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Who's At Fault in a Car Accident While Turning Left?

car accident while turning leftThere is no doubt that car accidents can be very painful. This is especially true when the pain turns from physical, such as broken bones, torn ligaments, or a sore back, to emotional pain, such as figuring out how you can afford to pay for your medical expenses. When you hire a personal injury attorney to take on your case, you are essentially hiring an attorney to go after the at-fault driver’s insurance company so they can give you the compensation you deserve for your accident-related expenses. However, what happens when it is not clear who was at-fault for the accident?

Car accidents that occur when a driver is turning left can make figuring out who was at-fault a tricky task. The good news is that personal injury attorneys like the ones in the Anderson Law Firm are experts in finding out who was at-fault when determining liability is unclear. This is done through analyzing police crash reports, video footage of the wreck, pictures, and even hiring an accident reconstruction expert - more on this later. What’s important to know is that if you were injured in a car accident when you were turning in an intersection, you have rights.

How to Know Who Is At Fault

Even though it may be difficult to figure out who is at-fault (meaning who caused the accident), there are several factors that could be considered. For example, knowing and understanding what the traffic signs mean can help:

  • A solid green light with an arrow: this means you have the complete right to turn left.
  • A solid green light with a sign stating you can turn on green: this means you can turn left, but must yield to vehicles coming in the opposite direction you are on before you turn.
  • A flashing yellow light with an arrow: similar to the solid green light with a yielding sign, this means you can turn but must yield the right of way to drivers coming in the opposite direction you are on.

These are perhaps the three most common traffic lighting that will determine whether or not the turn you made was within the correct parameters. Regarding the first example used - a solid green light with an arrow - this is one of the surest indicators that the turn you made was legal. If a vehicle hit your vehicle when you were turning left and this type of light was on, it is very likely that they were at fault for the accident.

Things can get a bit tricky when taking into consideration the two other types of signals (which essentially convey the same message: only turn after yielding the right of way to oncoming vehicles). If a vehicle traveling from north to south hit your vehicle while you were attempting to turn west, it is important to determine if your turn was made with sufficient space and time. For example, if you had a clear path to turn and another driver tried to run a red light and hit your vehicle in the process, the other driver would be at fault.

With the installation of red light cameras on many intersections, the video footage captured can be used in a personal injury claim. As mentioned in the beginning of this article, evidence can serve an important role in figuring out who was at fault for your accident. This can be especially helpful when you were turning left while yielding and the other driver is claiming that they actually had the right of way. Additionally, other drivers behind you could have witnessed the accident take place and can serve as testimonies for your case. If you were injured, it is important to know that there are many ways to prove that you did not actually cause your accident, and with the help of the Anderson Law Firm, you can receive the experienced representation your case deserves.Whether your car was hit on the front, side, or rear, we may be able to help you on your path to justice.

You Know Who Is At Fault. Now What?

Now that you know who is at fault, you can direct a personal injury claim against them. More specifically, the personal injury claim will be directed towards that driver’s car insurance company. This means that the insurance company will be responsible for any damages their driver might have caused, because the driver was operating within the scope of their insurance company’s policy.

Even if the driver of the vehicle was not the vehicle’s owner, if they are listed on the insurance, they are still liable for the accident. Similarly, if someone was borrowing someone else’s car and they are not on the insurance policy, they are still considered liable because the owner permitted them to drive their vehicle. This would be grounds for negligence.

Does Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney Make Sense?

It depends on what you consider to make sense. For example, would it make more sense to lose wages from your time off to treat for your injuries, or should you be compensated for it? Should you have to pay for your medical expenses for an accident you did not cause, or should you have the insurance company of the driver that actually caused the accident pay for it? If you require medical care in the future, would it make sense for you to pay for it out of pocket, or should you have all future medical care related to the accident compensated for ahead of time?

These are all things that the attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm can do for a client. In other words, through the Anderson Law Firm, you can get compensation for your accident-related medical expenses (both now and for the future), lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. It may be in your best interest to hire an attorney that can help you win the settlement offer you deserve for the accident you did not cause. If you have any questions, please feel free and contact the Anderson Law Firm today.

Mark A. Anderson
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Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas