Some Left Turns Lead To Accidents
There are dangers when drivers are making left hand turns. But of course, left hand turns are part of driving and can’t be avoided. Being aware of the risks can help you keep yourself and your passengers safe when navigating New Jersey and Pennsylvania roadways.
When healing from an injury that was caused by another making an improper left turn, know you could secure financial compensation for your medical expense and emotional distress. Discuss the details of your case with a Bucks County car accident lawyer to fully understand what level of compensation could be available.
Blind Turns and Not Assessing Speeds Properly
There are many ways a left hand turn can be performed dangerously or incorrectly. Being aware of your surroundings and paying attention to signs and signals is essential for safe driving, but there are times when mistakes are made.
- Obstructed views. In order for a safe turn to be made, an individual must be able to see clearly, making sure there are no vehicles approaching for the right or left. But when a person makes a blind turn, that means their view is obstructed and they may not see an oncoming vehicle.
- Speed assessment. When there are others moving through an intersection, you need to assess the speeds of other vehicles and only move forward when the timing is right. When speeds are misjudged, broadside accidents are possible.
- Following traffic lights and signs. Too often, drivers become comfortable on certain routes and begin to ignore signs and signals. For example, a yellow traffic light means a driver needs to slow down. But some drivers see a yellow light and take it as an indicator they need to speed through the light before it turns red, leading to accident dangers.
There can be many factors that contribute to a car accident. It is not always immediately clear who was at fault. To determine fault, your Bucks County car accident lawyer will look over all the documentation and strategize the best path forward in order to secure a maximum settlement amount.
Sometimes Fault is Not with Turning Driver
Because left hand turns carry risks and dangers, it is often assumed in the emotional aftermath of an accident that the driver who made the left turn is the at-fault driver. While this is sometimes true, there are also times when the turning drive had a green arrow and was actually performing a safe turn. If the driver coming toward the intersection had a red light and blew through it and struck the turning driver who had a green arrow, the driver who ignored the red light could be held liable.
Are you recovering from an injury sustained in a Pennsylvania car accident? You may have a right to financial compensation if the accident was caused by another’s negligence. Contact a member of the legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. Our attorneys know how to secure the maximum settlement amount possible. Accidents happen every day. When they happen to you, it is essential you have a lawyer fighting for your rights. Reach out today, call 215-968-6602.