Coral Springs Illegal Left Turn Accident Lawyer
Making a left-hand turn is riskier than a right-hand turn. Not only are you crossing oncoming traffic, but you need to make sure no pedestrians are in the crosswalk as you make the turn. Unsurprisingly, many accidents are caused by illegal left-hand turns.
At Lyons & Snyder, we can assist anyone injured in a car crash, including those caused by illegal left turns. Contact our Coral Springs illegal left turn accident lawyer today to schedule a time to meet.
When is a Left Turn Illegal?
Florida allows motorists to make a left turn when they have a green light and there is room to make the turn. This means you cannot turn if oncoming traffic is already in the intersection or is so close as to pose an immediate hazard to you.
A left turn on a red light is almost always illegal. The one exception is if you are making a turn from one one-way street onto another street that is also one-way.
Why Are Left Turns Dangerous?
With a right-hand turn, the driver only has to pay attention to the traffic in the road they are turning onto. Left hand turns require that the driver process more information. You need to focus on oncoming traffic, as well as the road or lot you are turning into. The human brain can only process so much information at once, and any number of things can go wrong with a left turn.
Is The Car Turning Left Always At Fault for a Crash?
Not always. In our experience, the car making the turn is usually at fault. But there are situations where they might not be. For example, they might have made a legal left turn but been struck by an oncoming motorist traveling 30 miles over the speed limit.
In other situations, a motorist might run a red light and hit the car making the left-hand turn. In that case, the car that didn’t stop is at fault for a wreck.
How Do You Determine Fault?
We will review the accident to determine fault. Important evidence includes your memories and the testimony of any witnesses. Dashcam or surveillance video might also capture the left turn, which helps establish fault.
What Compensation Can a Victim Receive?
If you were hit by a driver making an illegal turn, you might qualify for damages to cover things like:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost income or self-employed income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
Our legal team excels at sifting through the evidence to find what is relevant. We can then negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance to seek a fair settlement. Of course, Florida motorists should also have personal injury protection benefits they can use to pay for medical care and replace lost income.
Call Us to Get Started
Our Coral Springs illegal left turn accident lawyers help people every day build claims for compensation. We will gladly provide an overview of the process and answer any questions you have. This is not the time to try and negotiate a settlement on your own. Go with the pros who have been doing this for almost 20 years.