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Improper Turning Accident

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Improper turning car accidents happen daily in New York. A serious car accident can occur when a driver turns improperly or illegally. When a driver makes an improper lefthand turn, another driver traveling straight may collide with the negligent driver. The resulting car accidents can cause severe injuries and even death.

If you or your loved one have suffered a serious injury caused by an improper turning car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Attorney Michael LoGiudice, LLP has extensive experience representing clients injured by negligent drivers in New York. He will help you pursue the most compensation possible. 

Why Improper Left Turns Are Dangerous

Improper or illegal turns are among the most common causes of car accidents in New York. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports approximately 61 percent of all motor vehicle accidents at intersections involve a driver making a left-hand turn. Left-hand turns are more dangerous than other traffic maneuvers because turning left involves driving against the flow of traffic and directly into the path of other oncoming drivers. 

When drivers make a left-hand turn, they need to split their attention to navigate the many dangers of making a left-hand turn. A driver must anticipate obstacles, the inability to correctly judge oncoming vehicles’ speed, poorly timed traffic signals, poor visibility, and pedestrians crossing at the intersection before turning left. Many intersections in New York don’t provide drivers enough time to make a left-hand turn safely. Drivers may be tempted to make a left-hand turn on a yellow or red light to try to make it through the intersection quickly. 

Holding Drivers Accountable for Negligent Left-Hand Turns

While many conditions make turning left more dangerous, most left-hand turn accidents could have been prevented. They occur because of driver negligence. Drivers have a legal duty to drive reasonably under the circumstances to prevent others from injury. 

When drivers ignore road conditions and wait to turn left when it’s safe, they can be held liable for the injuries they cause. Some of the most common examples of negligence leading to left-hand turn accidents include the following:

Inclement weather conditions, environmental hazards, construction, and congested New York streets contribute to left-hand turn accidents. However, drivers are legally obligated to adjust their driving when dangerous conditions occur to prevent accidents.

New York Right of Way Laws

Drivers should have an understanding of right-of-way laws at New York intersections. Understanding traffic laws can help drivers resolve common conflicts at intersections. Drivers must communicate their intention to turn left when other drivers are on the road. When turning left, drivers should remain alert and reduce their speed. They should remain vigilant and monitor their surroundings for traffic signals, oncoming traffic, speeding cars, and pedestrians. 

Drivers should make a left-hand turn from the correct turn lane after they look right, left, and right again before entering the intersection to check for traffic coming from both directions. Never turn left until you have a green arrow, a green light, or when traffic permits. 

Improper Turns Can Cause Severe Injuries

Some improper turn accidents occur at low speeds and may not cause serious injuries. Other improper turn accidents cause devastating, life-altering injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries, broken, and even death. Along with failure to remain in the proper lane, improper turns account for many fatal car accidents. Failure to signal, using excessive speed, and distracted driving are all examples of negligent driving that can contribute to improper turn accidents. 

Who Is At Fault for Left-Turn Accidents

To recover compensation after being injured in a car accident, you will need to prove liability. When a party’s negligence or recklessness causes another person’s injuries, he or she is liable for the victim’s damages. New York traffic law requires drivers to negotiate left-hand turns to yield to oncoming pedestrians and vehicles. While drivers making a left-hand turn aren’t always at fault for accidents, there are scenarios in which the driver making the turn and another driver are at fault for the accident. 

Proving fault requires the use of evidence to show which party or parties were responsible for the accident. Hiring an attorney as soon as possible can help you gather evidence proving the at-fault driver’s liability. Attorney Michael LoGiudice, LLP, has the experience and professional network to investigate the auto accident that caused your injuries carefully and thoroughly. He regularly works with accident reconstruction specialists to determine the cause of auto accidents. 

When you work with him, he will immediately gather evidence, including eyewitness statements, police reports, photographs, videos of the scene, and physical evidence. Any of the following circumstances that could prove the liability of the driver who made the left-hand turn:

  • Failure to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic
  • Driving while impaired
  • Making an illegal U-turn into oncoming traffic
  • Running a red light to make a left-hand turn
  • Turning while distracted
  • Speed 

New York’s Comparative Fault Law

New York is one of several no-fault car insurance states and uses a pure comparative fault system to assign liability in car accident cases. The amount of compensation you can recover after a car accident will be affected by the percentage of fault assigned to you for causing the car accident. In many cases, an experienced attorney can help you prove the at-fault driver’s liability while limiting your own liability. 

Representing Clients in New York Car Accident Cases

An improper turn can create a car accident, resulting in catastrophic damages. If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Westchester or throughout New York, attorney Michael LoGiudice is here to help. Personal injury victims can pursue damages for medical expenses, lost income, property damage, pain, suffering, and other damages. Contact Michael LoGiudice, LLP, to schedule a complimentary case evaluation and learn more about your legal options. 

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