Left-Turn Accidents: Avoiding Common Mistakes and Protecting Yourself

a left-turn accident can have serious consequences

Left-turn accidents are one of the most common types of vehicle accidents, often leading to severe injuries and even fatalities due to the location of impact. The blog post provides an understanding of the liability involved in these types of accidents and how a Monroe car crash lawyer can help you prove fault and get the compensation you deserve..

Who Is at Fault in Left-Turn Accidents

Approximately 22% of all car accidents involve a vehicle making a left turn. The statistic proves the importance of determining who is at fault and who should be held liable for damages.

The general rule is that the driver making the left turn will be at-fault. This is due to Georgia Code § 40-6-71 which stipulates that “the driver of a vehicle intending to turn left… shall yield the right of way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction.” Georgia also places a duty on drivers to act with reasonable care towards other road users.

Exceptions to the Rule: When the Oncoming Driver is at Fault

While it’s common to presume the driver making a left turn is at fault, this is not an absolute rule. The level of visibility, and the actions of other drivers involved plays a crucial role in determining liability in a left-turn accident.

Exceptions such as a left turn arrow light or a sign giving the left turn lane the right of way, shifts fault and liability from the left turning driver to driver in the oncoming lane.

Other exceptions that might shift liability from the left turning driver include reckless driving, speeding, driving under the influence, running a red light or stop sign. The oncoming driver’s actions can contribute to a left-hand turn accident.

Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Mistakes that drivers make include turning into the oncoming lane when it is not safe to do so. Left turning drivers need to ensure that they accurately judge the speed and distance of an approaching vehicle and should only proceed with a left turn once it is safe to do so. Left turning drivers also need to follow the rules of the road by using the correct lane and their turning signal.

accidents happen frequently when making a turn

In addition, drivers often make left turns under conditions of poor visibility. Buildings along the roads, larger vehicles like trucks and buses, or pedestrians may obstruct your view, especially when crossing against a light. To safeguard yourself, stay vigilant and ready in case of an emergency. You can also delay your turn to let any obstructions pass before moving.

Protecting Yourself Legally

If you are involved in a left-turn accident, it is essential to protect your rights. Ensure that you take the following steps following a left turn accident in Georgia:

Report the Accident

Always report the accident to the police and your insurance company, regardless of the severity. Georgia law places an obligation on drivers to report all vehicle accidents which results in death, injury or property damage exceeding $500.

Seek Medical Attention

Even if you feel fine, it’s important to get checked out by a medical professional. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent. You will also receive a medical report which your attorney will use as evidence should there be a dispute regarding your injuries.

Document the Scene

Take photos and videos of the accident scene, your vehicle, and any injuries you sustained. Obtain contact information of any witnesses as soon as possible.

Consult a Monroe Car Crash Lawyer Immediately

Left-turn accidents can have serious consequences. A lawyer at the Weinstein Law Firm can help you navigate the complex legal process and ensure your rights are protected. Your Monroe car accident lawyer will ensure that your claim follows all legal and administrative requirements.

Contact us at 770-HELP-NOW for a free case review.

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