According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics, left-turn car accidents make up a significant number of all intersection-related crashes. This particular type of accident is known for occurring suddenly. Left-turn crashes frequently lead to serious driver and passenger injuries, including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and lacerations.
Although the driver who turns left is typically at fault, this is not always the case. This is why it is critical to consult with a lawyer following a collision that causes serious injuries.
Drivers turning left must yield to the drivers moving through the intersection. In other words, the other drivers normally have the right-of-way.
In most left-turn accidents, the turning driver is presumed to have:
- Made the left-hand turn without ensuring that it was safe to turn left into traffic.
- Not checked common blind spots before moving into the intersection.
- Misjudged the time it would take to turn left into and through the intersection.
- Failed to signal other drivers of the intent to turn left.
There may be times when the turning driver is not at fault or is only partially at fault for the crash.
Every collision is unique. In the following situations, the driver turning left may not be negligent or may only share the blame for the crash:
- The other driver ran the intersection stoplight or stop sign.
- The other driver was driving recklessly or was intoxicated.
- The turning driver could not complete the turn because of an obstruction, like a deer, pedestrian, or cyclist darting into the intersection.
- The turning driver had a green “left” arrow and the other driver had a red light.
- A driver behind the turning driver also tries to turn left, causing a side-swipe collision.
How Can You Avoid a Left-Turn Accident?
Some helpful safety tips include:
- Give yourself enough of a gap to turn left safely at any intersection.
- Always put your left-turn signal on so other drivers and pedestrians know your intentions.
- Know that the other drivers crossing the intersection have the right-of-way.
- Never turn left at a red light.
- Be extra cautious if you have any blind spots at the intersection.
- Wait for a green arrow if you are at an intersection with a stoplight and a left-turn arrow is available.
- Move cautiously but quickly through your left turn when you feel it is safe to go.
If you are involved in a car accident, it is important to get legal advice, especially if you are injured. A car accident lawyer will protect your rights and help prove who is at fault.
Atlantic City Car Accident Lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm Can Help You After a Left-Turn Collision
Do you need legal advice after a left-turn crash? Speak with one of our Atlantic City car accident lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm. Call us at 609-926-3300 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Located in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, we serve clients in South Jersey, including Atlantic City, Linwood, Galloway Township, Cape May, Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Ocean City, and Woodbury.