Improper Left Turn across Oncoming Traffic – Left Turn Accident
If a negligent driver recently caused you harm in an intersection accident, there is a good chance that they were making a left hand turn.
Our team of St. Louis car accident lawyers can assist you in recovering the damages that you are incurring as a result of being in a left turn accident. Busy intersections can be confusing places for drivers, as well as a common place to get hit by another car. One of the most common mistakes a driver makes is the daring left hand turn, where they must cross through one lane of traffic and safely enter a second. Traffic engineers have recognized this risk and will install special traffic lights at intersections with a lot of left hand turn activity. These still don’t prevent all accidents.
Causes of Left Turn Intersection Accidents
Even with traffic lights in place, speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, and even human error can all be the cause of a major intersection accident. Left hand turn maneuvers are all the more dangerous as they involve multiple lanes of traffic coming from two different directions. If you were injured in such an accident, you most likely never even saw it coming.
Proving Driver Negligence
One of the challenges facing our firm when it comes to left hand turn accidents is proving negligence. Oftentimes it is our client who sideswiped the other vehicle as it recklessly entered the line of traffic. We rely on accident re-creation to show the chain of events that led to the crash and how our client’s vehicle had the right of way, with little time to react to the sudden appearance of another car, seemingly out of nowhere. This is the unique challenge that faces the victims of a left hand turn accident and the very reason why you should talk with an attorney in our firm before considering the idea that the fault may have been yours. In the days and weeks following this type of crash, don’t be surprised to find yourself being visited or called by insurance adjusters or defense lawyers who represent the negligent driver. Direct these individuals to call us for an appointment. Do not speak to them by yourself as you may inadvertently say something that could damage your case. Their main objective is to reduce the amount of compensation you are entitled to by making it appear as if you were at fault for the accident.
Injuries from Left Turn Intersections Accidents
Broken bones, neck injuries, and brain trauma are all common injuries associated with left hand turn accidents. Recovery time could be long, with large medical bills to show for it. In addition, you may be facing years or even a lifetime of continued care for a grave injury. Our law firm helps by projecting the estimated cost of that care and seeing that it is included in your car accident claim.
St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer
Don’t let the fear of being found to blame force you into a settlement without first speaking with a lawyer who has extensive experience with car accident claims. With intersection cameras and access to traffic light patterns, our firm has great success in proving negligence in left hand turn accident claims. If you were injured or lost a family member in a car accident due to a negligent driver, call our 24-hour legal help number at (314) 361-4242 or toll free (866) 763-6433. You can also contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.