Implications Of A Left-Hand Turn Accident
In left-hand turn accident cases, the driver making the turn is usually considered at fault. However, there are several defenses the driver or insurance company can and most likely will use to dispute your claim. If you were injured by a driver who turned left despite not having the right of way, a lawyer can help you gather evidence to support your case and fight for the compensation to which you are entitled. This is where the lawyers of Englander Peebles are ready to help.
The at-fault driver may argue that you were speeding or that there was poor visibility at the intersection where the collision occurred. The success of your claim will ultimately hinge on the strength of your evidence. We will focus on making a solid case with strong evidence to maximize your compensation.
An attorney from our firm will investigate your car accident, review the police report, look for surveillance footage, interview witnesses and identify other evidence to help you prove negligence and the value of your damages. Call us today at 954-500-4878 to discuss your case in a free consultation, or fill out this online form to contact us.
What Does Florida Law Say About Left-Hand Turn Accidents?
Pursuant to Florida law, left-turning drivers are required to yield the right of way to vehicles approaching in the opposite direction and to vehicles lawfully passing on their left. A driver who violates this statute is usually considered liable for any collision that results and may be held liable for any damages incurred by injured parties.
As previously mentioned, though, it is common for at-fault drivers in these cases to contend that the accident occurred because the other driver was speeding. The at-fault driver may even believe that you were speeding since these accidents usually happen when a driver turns left without looking, and your vehicle, then, may have appeared to have come out of nowhere.
If the driver in your case argues that you were speeding, it is important for you to have an experienced car accident attorney by your side to show evidence that supports your account of what happened. This evidence may include:
- Surveillance footage of the crash
- Eyewitness testimony
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
- The police report
- Photographs of the vehicle damage
- Photographs of skid marks
Other common defenses used by at-fault drivers in these cases are that the plaintiff failed to stop at a red traffic light or that an unexpected event forced the driver to stop during the left turn. Again, your lawyer may be able to disprove these defenses using the evidence listed above.
Call An Attorney Today To Fight For The Compensation You Deserve
As you can see, winning an accident claim involving a left-turning car is far from an open-and-shut matter. Our Fort Lauderdale injury attorneys at Englander Peebles can help you gather evidence, avoid costly mistakes and fight for the compensation to which you are entitled. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 954-500-4878, or leave your contact information in our online form.