Posted on June 30, 2010 in Automobile Accidents
With over hundreds of millions of cars on the roads across the United States, there is bound to be an automobile collision at one point. In fact, there are a recorded 6 million car accidents that occur yearly. However, one of the most common accidents that arises out of this high number occurs when vehicle attempts to make a left turn. It is commonly recognized that a left turn is a dangerous maneuver because the left turning vehicle enters the lane of traffic for other oncoming vehicles or traffic. In fact, some experts have stated that the left turn is the most dangerous maneuver a motorist may execute.
Depending on the state, there may be various regulations, however; normally the turning motorist is required to signal his intent to make a left turn at least before reaching an intersection. In addition to giving the proper signal, the driver is required to make a proper observation that the turn could be made without endangering a passing or oncoming vehicle. Many times large trucks may make wide left turns and are unable to see the driver turning inside of him. If you have been injured in an accident as a result of another driver’s negligence, you should quickly consult a car accident attorney who can help you quickly recover all of your property and monetary damages.
The left turning motorist also has the duty to yield to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction that are within the intersection or could constitute as an immediate hazard. Some courts have gone so far as to claim that when a left-turning motorist driver sees a vehicle approaching from the rear, it is his or obligation to look a second time. If they fail to do so, they may be found at complete fault for the accident.
In a car accident case, attorney Emery Ledger states that once the evidence establishes that the turning motorist was attempting to make a left turn when the accident occurred, the burden of proof shifts to the motorist to absolve himself of liability. In other words, there is a presumption of negligence when it is proved that the driver executed a left-hand turn and crossed the center line at the time of the impact. If the left-turning motorist is faced with a green arrow left-turn signal, he must prove that he was making such a turn while the arrow was green, or that he had pre-empted the intersection.
However, the left-turning motorist’s duty to yield is inapplicable where the intersection is controlled by an inoperative traffic signal. Any motorist approaching such an intersection is required to assess the situation and uphold the highest degree of safety and caution.
We understand that being in a car accident is stressful and we want to relieve all your stress related to the legalities so you can focus on your health care. If you would like to consult a personal injury lawyer regarding your case please contact a professional car accident lawyer from the Offices of Ledger & Associates for more information. Please give us a call at 1-800-300-0001 or visit the website at www.ledgerlaw.com.If you would like to consult apersonal injury lawyer regarding your case please contact a professional car accident lawyerfrom the Offices of Ledger & Associates for more information. Please give us a call at 1-800-300-0001 or visit the website at www.ledgerlaw.com.