Left-turn car crashes are usually the fault of the driver making the turn. If you were injured when a driver turned in front of you, you should be compensated.

What Are the Causes of Left-Turn Auto Collisions?

no-left-turn-street-signTurning left onto a street or at a busy intersection in the Seattle area is a basic driving skill that every driver is expected to know how to perform safely. However, T-bone accidents can occur when the driver making the turn is negligent. This kind of crash can result in victims in the other vehicle suffering serious injuries or death.

How do Left-Turn Car Accidents Happen?

A motorist is only allowed to execute a left turn when he has a green arrow at an intersection, there is no oncoming traffic, or oncoming vehicles are sufficiently far away that he can safely turn. He must also yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. Tragic accidents occur when the driver fails to follow these basic traffic rules. Common causes of these collisions include:

  • Turning when there is an obstructed view
  • Misjudging the speed of other vehicles
  • Misjudging the distance across the intersection
  • Failing to use a turn signal
  • Failing to yield right-of-way or to obey turn signals

Why the Driver Turning Left Is Often Presumed to Be Negligent

The only time a driver turning left has the right-of-way is if he is turning on a left-turn green arrow. In other situations, oncoming traffic and pedestrians have the right-of-way and the driver making a left turn must yield to them. Because of this, the motorist making a left turn will almost always be presumed to be the at-fault driver.

What to Do If You Were Injured in a Left-Turn Car Accident

Were you injured in a left-turn auto crash in the Seattle area? Even if the other driver was presumed to be negligent, you should not assume that settling your claim will be easy. The insurance company could still raise disputes about the cause of your crash or the seriousness of your injuries in an effort to deny, delay, or reduce your claim.

You need to retain an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident to investigate your collision and negotiate your settlement. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation to learn how our skilled and dedicated lawyers will aggressively fight so that you receive the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.