Left turn accidents are common at intersections and they are often T-bone collisions resulting in serious injuries or death. Left turn accident cases can be particularly challenging if you were the driver making the left turn and the other driver was to blame. But an experienced Shreveport car accident attorney can help you prove fault so that you can recover the compensation you need and deserve.
How Left Turn Accident Happen
Trying to make a left turn at a busy intersection, can be very stressful and just plain hard to do. Left turn accidents are some of the most dangerous intersection accidents because they are so often T-bone collisions which put vehicle occupants in a more vulnerable position that head-on and rea-end collisions.
Some common causes of left turn accidents include:
- Obstructed view
- Failure to signal
- Failure to observe right-of-way
- Miscalculating the distance cross the intersection
- Misjudgment of the other driver’s speed
- Driving into blind spots
- Vehicle turning left is forced to stop unexpectedly while crossways to the flow of traffic
- Malfunctioning traffic signal
Since left turns typically require the left-turning driver to yield the right-of-way, it is more common for the left turning driver to be at fault, due to miscalculations and trying to take an opportunity to make the turn. However, left turn crashes can be caused by the other, non-turning driver who is:
- Running a red light
- Violating right-of-way at a 4-way stop
Proving Fault in Left Turn Accidents
Proving fault in a left turn accident can be challenging, if you were the one turning left, but an experienced car accident attorney can help. Evidence is often collected from traffic cameras, video taken by witnesses, surveillance cameras, and weather cameras. Your attorney will want to gather testimony from witnesses and, if device use is the suspected cause, may use the other driver’s cell phone records.
Your attorney may also work with experts to show the jury what happened, and that the other driver was to blame.
If you or someone close to you has been injured due to the negligence of another driver, the Law Offices of J. Ransdell Keene is here to provide you with the advice and advocacy you need. Contact us today online or by phone at 318-480-0000 to arrange a consultation with an experienced Shreveport car accident attorney.