As you head home from work one evening, an oncoming motorist who has been waiting to turn left into the grocery store driveway decides he cannot wait any longer and puts the pedal to the metal. He underestimates your speed, and your vehicle collides with his as the two paths cross.

Your car is pretty well smashed up, and the impact of the collision did a number on your neck. You’re worried because you have heard that when it comes to car accidents, whoever does the hitting does the paying.

The good news is, in most cases, the law works against the driver who made the left turn in an accident. In other words, you are probably not liable for damages, and the other driver is.

The attorneys at Zanes Law know everything from A to Z about “left turn liability.” Call us today at 602-999-9999 so a left-turn accident lawyer in Phoenix will determine the liability in your left-turn accident.

Types of Left-Hand Turns that Can Cause Accidents

According to a University of Kentucky engineering study, 19 of the 49 crashes observed at a specific intersection were caused by left turns.

For as often as we make left turns in our daily driving routines, you would not think the move was such a risky undertaking. Many factors play into the scenario, however, to make it problematic.
It is easy to misjudge the duration of a traffic light, how fast an oncoming car is traveling, and how closely the other driver is following the rules of the road.

Who Is At Fault for a Left-Hand Turn Accident?

Because he or she is turning into oncoming traffic, a driver who makes a left turn can be found to be negligent and at fault for an accident in the following situations:

  • Turning left at an intersection—including instances where the driver has the green turning arrow
  • Turning left at a four-way stop—including instances when the other driver fails to stop at his/her stop sign
  • Turning left in a U-turn—including instances where the driver has the green light
  • Turning left into a commercial parking lot—including instances where the other driver is exceeding the speed limit

Fatalities Resulting From Left-Turn Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that left-turn accidents cause more than 2,400 deaths across the country.

If your loved one died as the result of injuries brought on by a left-turn accident, you have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim. Zanes Law will represent you in this pursuit, and a left-turn accident lawyer in Phoenix will do so with compassion. Call us today at 602-999-9999.

T-Bone Collisions That Result From Left-Turn Accidents Cause Serious Injuries

Also referred to as a broadside collision, a T-bone collision happens when the front of one motor vehicle strikes the side of another motor vehicle, creating a “T” figure. This type of collision is commonly associated with left-turn accidents and can impose serious injuries on passengers and drivers involved in the accident. A driver can also make a U-turn and T-bone another vehicle.

The severity of these injuries can be linked to several factors:

  • The struck vehicle can be pushed into other cars or obstacles, creating a second or third crash, or even rolling over.
  • The striking vehicle can swirl into the direction the struck vehicle was traveling, possibly prompting a second collision.
  • The relatively slight protection for the driver of the struck car, which is struck at the driver’s door, exposes the driver to an unusually forceful impact.

Common Injuries Resulting From a Left-Turn Accident

Left-turn accidents can result in a multitude of injuries, ranging from slight to severe. Examples of some of the injuries you might incur in this type of accident include the following:

  • Spinal cord damage
  • Concussions
  • Whiplash
  • Crushed bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Disfigurement
  • Brain damage
  • Broken bones
  • Bruises
  • Cuts

Whatever your injuries, if you sustained them in a left-turn accident in Phoenix, the legal team at Zanes Law wants to help you recover damages to pay your medical bills and other costs. Call us at 602-999-9999.

How a Left-Turn Accident Lawyer Will Help You in Your Left-Turn Accident

Zanes Law will do everything from A to Z to build a solid case, negotiate with insurance companies, and/or litigate your case in civil court. To build your case, we will:

  • Gather evidence at the scene of the crime
  • Request medical records related to injuries sustained in the accident
  • Obtain police reports
  • Talk to witnesses
  • Collaborate with medical, vocational, and economic experts
  • Work with an accident reconstruction specialist
  • Determine who is at-fault for your accident and liable for your injuries

To seek compensation for your damages, we will:

  • Send a letter with your demands for recovery of damages to the insurer of the other negligent driver
  • Negotiate with the insurer to arrive at a fair settlement

If the insurer fails to agree to a fair settlement, we will:

  • File a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver
  • Represent you and litigate for you in civil court

How You Might be Compensated for Injuries You Sustain in a Left-Turn Accident

While negotiating with the insurance company and/or litigating your case in civil court, our legal team will fight to have you compensated for the damages you have suffered as a result of your left-turn accident. Possibly, you will be awarded damages for the following:

  • Your medical expenses paid to date
  • Future anticipated medical costs
  • Transportation to the hospital in an ambulance
  • Wages you have lost due to your injuries
  • Estimated loss of future earning potential
  • Damages to your personal property
  • Cost for repairing your motor vehicle
  • Compensation for your emotional distress, pain, and suffering
  • Any loss for “life’s enjoyment”

Act Swiftly to Meet Arizona’s Statute of Limitations Deadline

Arizona’s statute of limitations limits the time you have to pursue compensation after the date of the accident. Taking legal action soon will prevent you from missing this deadline. Furthermore, it will give your left-turn accident lawyer in Phoenix an early start on building your case.

Zanes Law Left-Turn Accident Lawyer in Phoenix

Contact Zanes Law in Phoenix, AZ by calling 602-999-9999. Our firm will do everything from A to Z to represent you and your compensation needs fairly, enthusiastically, and compassionately.

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