Left-turn accidents are among the most dangerous types of crashes. Left-turn crashes often occur as T-bone accidents. The front of one car strikes the other car broadside. The impact is almost the equivalent of a head-on accident for one car; the other vehicle is stuck on the side where there may be less to shield it from the force of the crash. In other cases, a left-turn accident can be a head-on collision between two cars.
Common Causes of Left-Turn Accidents
There are a number of causes of left-turn accidents, including:
- Carelessness, when a driver does not check for oncoming traffic when they are making a turn
- Speeding, when the oncoming car strikes another driver who thinks that they will ordinarily have plenty of time to make the turn
- Distracted driving, when either driver does not look to see if there is a car in their path or a car turning
- Rushing a quick left turn without enough time to complete it safely in the face of oncoming traffic
- Reckless or drunk driving
Left-Turn Accidents Can Cause Death and Serious Injuries
Head-on and T-bone accidents are the two most dangerous types of car crashes judged by their fatality rate.
Those who survive left-turn car accidents can suffer serious injuries that can impact them long-term. Part of why left-turn crashes are so dangerous is that they often occur at high speed. The collision itself will unleash a tremendous amount of force that can cause serious bodily injury.
Common Left-Turn Accident Injuries
Common injuries that a driver and their passenger may suffer in a T-bone or head-on car accident include:
- Neck or back injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries and organ damage
- Soft tissue injuries
Of the above list, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries are catastrophic and will change your life. Your damages can be very high in a left-turn accident, and they are dependent on your specific injuries. Not only will you have very high medical treatment costs, but you may also be unable to work.
Challenges in Proving Your Case in a Left-Turn Accident
The potentially high damages of a left-turn accident make it imperative that you prove someone else was to blame for the crash. Otherwise, you may not be in a position to receive financial compensation for your injuries.
It is not always easy to prove who had the right of way prior to the accident and who failed to yield it to the other driver. Even if one car was where they were not supposed to be, the other driver may also have an obligation to anticipate a potential accident and can also be pinned with some of the blame.
Most of the time, the car whose front hits the other vehicle is responsible for the accident; it may not be the case in left-turn accidents. The problem is that, without witnesses, it is difficult to determine whether a car failed to yield or the other car entered an intersection without the right of way.
Accordingly, you need an experienced car accident attorney to help you gather the necessary evidence to prove that someone else was at fault for the accident. Car accident evidence can include:
- Witness testimony from people who saw the accident
- Pictures from the scene of the accident
- Dashcam footage
- The police report (only to be used for an insurance claim)
- Testimony from an accident reconstruction expert
Why You Need an Attorney in a Left-Turn Accident Case
You have the burden of proof to show that someone else was to blame for your accident. The worst thing that can happen is that you end up in a “truth contest” in which each driver claims that the other was to blame for the crash without the evidence to back up their claims. Then, you may end up finding yourself blamed when it was the other driver who injured you.
If you have been involved in a left-turn accident, you need an experienced attorney to help put you in a position where you can receive financial compensation. The attorneys at Aramjoo Law Firm can investigate your accident to gather the evidence you need to show that someone else was responsible. Then, we can help you fight for the money that you need as compensation for your injuries.
Contact a Liberty, Missouri Car Accident Lawyer Today
After you have suffered an injury in a car accident, time is of the essence when it comes to the legal process. Get the experienced attorneys at the Aramjoo Law Firm Personal Injury Lawyers working for you today when you call us for a free consultation. We will discuss your case and explain your legal options.
Car Accident Case FAQs
What if I am not satisfied with how the insurance companies have apportioned blame?
You always have the right to sue the responsible driver in court, and you are not bound by the result of the claims process.
What if my loved one was killed in a left-turn accident?
Your family can file a wrongful death lawsuit to be paid for the damages you suffered when your loved one died.
How long does my car accident case take?
Everything depends on your unique circumstances, but you should never accept a below-value settlement just to get a check and end the case.