Making left turns is a routine part of driving. Motorists making left turns must take the necessary precautions to make sure they are making the turn safely and not putting others on the road at risk of harm. Left turn accidents can lead to devastating injuries for everyone involved. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a left turn accident, you should reach out to a skilled Miami injury attorney who can evaluate the circumstances of the crash and determine your eligibility for compensation.
According to Arbella Insurance, 31 percent of severe accidents in 2013 involved a vehicle turning left. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports close to half of the 5.8 million car crashes in the United States are intersection-related, and the majority of those are a result of making a left turn.
Automobile drivers must obey traffic signals and rules of the road when making a left turn. Drivers should signal some time before they actually turn and wait until it is completely safe to proceed. Under Florida law, when a motorist makes a left turn, he or she should do the following:
- Use the extreme left-hand lane when turning left at an intersection;
- Yield to other motorists approaching from the opposite direction; and
- Yield to any vehicles coming on the left.
If you have been injured in a left turn accident, you can likely recover compensation for your harm from the at-fault party through a personal injury lawsuit. These claims are typically rooted in the legal theory of negligence. A negligence claim requires a victim to establish that the defendant driver caused an injury by failing to use reasonable care behind the wheel. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent or sensible person would act in the same or similar circumstances. For example, if a driver making a left turn fails to yield to oncoming traffic and causes an accident, that driver will likely be liable for the crash and any resulting injuries. This is because a prudent or sensible driver would understand the risk of accidents associated with failing to account for oncoming traffic.
Accident victims in Florida can recover compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and any other losses stemming from the accident. In extremely rare cases, you may be entitled to punitive damages, which are intended to punish the wrongdoer as opposed to compensating the victim. A lawyer can examine the facts of your case and determine the exact amount of damages that may be appropriate in your case.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a left turn accident, we may be able to help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami car accident attorneys have the experience, skill, and determination to handle your accident claim. We are committed to helping individuals and their families seek the compensation they deserve for their harm. We take on clients from across South Florida. To discuss your case in more detail, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.
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