Tampa Left-Turn Accident Lawyers
Many traffic accidents are caused by drivers making left turns. Driver’s turning left must yield to other drivers, which can cause many accidents. Obstructed views, miscalculations, or reckless driving can result in left turns becoming T-bone collisions. At Bulluck Law Group, we are experienced in helping clients who are injured in left-turn collisions. We help accident victims recover damages to cover medical expenses and property damage. Sometimes, victims are eligible to file claims for additional compensation. If you are injured in a left-turn accident, call us for a free consultation. We are your trusted Tampa left-turn accident lawyers.
What Are Florida Traffic Laws for Left Turns?
Traditional thinking suggests that the driver turning left is always responsible, but that’s not completely accurate. Drivers turning left are often at fault because they must yield to oncoming traffic. There are specific circumstances in which the left-turn driver may not be held liable in an accident. Other drivers may be found at fault if:
- The left-turning vehicle is rear-ended
- A driver runs a red light, striking the left-turning vehicle
- A driver moving in the same direction swerves into the left-turning vehicle’s lane
After an accident, the authorities and a skilled personal injury attorney will perform an investigation to decide fault.
What Are Common Causes of Left Turn Accidents?
Left-turn collisions are extremely common and are the most likely cause of fatal intersection crashes. Commonly cited reasons for left-turn accidents in the Tampa area include:
- Obstructed views
- Misjudging oncoming traffic speed
- Miscalculating the distance to travel
- Failing to yield right-of-way (cutting off oncoming drivers)
Sometimes, a driver causes a left-turn accident by not paying close attention to oncoming traffic. Other times, the driver tries to creep out to gain a better view and is struck by vehicles moving the opposite direction.
What to Do If Involved in a Left-Turn Accident?
Any time you are in an automobile accident, there are proper procedures to follow for the best chance at a strong claim. Regardless of the party at fault, you need to begin collecting evidence as soon as a crash occurs. The documentation and evidence you gather immediately following the accident are vital to building a strong case for insurance and legal purposes.
If you are involved in a left-turn accident, follow these steps:
1. Call the Police
If the accident is minor and did not cause injuries, you still need to call the police. The officer reporting to the scene will write a formal report of the accident and record the events accurately. Police reports are often the strongest piece of evidence in proving fault.
2. Seek Medical Attention
If you are seriously injured, be sure to seek medical help immediately. You may need to leave the accident scene if it is an emergency. If you are not seriously injured, stay at the scene to gather evidence, and seek medical care later that same day.
3. Take Numerous Photos
Pictures of the accident scene also help determine fault. Take as many pictures as possible of the vehicles, damage, and license plate numbers. Also photograph the road conditions, obstructed views, or inclement weather.
4. Find Witnesses
Witnesses can be crucial in cases involving vehicle accidents. If there were witnesses to the accident, collect all personal and contact information. If time allows, also ask for a brief written statement of how the accident occurred. If more information is needed, we can contact the witnesses later for more in-depth statements.
5. Exchange Information with Other Drivers
Gather information from all other drivers involved in the accident. At a minimum, ask for their name, contact information, proof of insurance, and driver’s license. If the driver is hesitant to exchange information, let the reporting officer know. He or she can help obtain information if the driver is reluctant.
6. Contact Bulluck Law Group for Assistance
If your accident resulted in minor damage and no injuries, you should still call us for a free consultation. Legal recourse isn’t always necessary, but we can assist you in negotiating the insurance companies. Our initial consultation is no-obligation and we will provide you with an honest assessment of your case.
How Do You Determine Which Driver Is at Fault?
Determining the driver at fault is a process of obtaining professional opinions. The officer writing the accident report will be the first to assess the situation and potential causes. Insurance companies will also work to establish fault through investigations and adjusters. When you call us to represent your case, we will use our own investigators and legal experts to analyze the accident.
If you are in an accident and do not obtain legal representation, your fate will be left to people without your best interests at heart. Police officers’ reports are objective and formal, but they are too busy to invest much time in your case. Insurance companies are only working to gain a profit, often saving money on inaccurate appraisals. Always call our legal team after an accident, regardless of which driver is at fault. Laws and insurance in Florida are complex, requiring the assistance of a professional.
What Compensation Can I Receive for a Left-Turn Accident?
Compensation and damages vary depending on the severity of the accident. Non-injured victims of minor fender-benders will likely not receive compensation. Florida’s no-fault laws require your insurance company to pay for property damage and medical expenses. If the accident is severe and causes injury, the other driver’s insurance company may have to pay compensation. The process of determining compensation and how much an insurance company will pay is extremely complicated. Each case is different, and every victim is subject to different damages.
Compensation we have recovered for vehicle accidents include:
- Medical expenses
- Prescription medicines
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental health issues
- Punitive damages
In Florida, compensation is awarded for economic damages, including expenses directly related to the accident. Non-economic damages are intangible losses, such as mental anguish, inconvenience, and continued physical pain. Victims who do not seek legal representation in vehicle accident cases will only receive economic damages, typically at a lower rate than if a lawyer were to help. Only with the help of personal injury lawyers will a victim be awarded non-economic damages.
Punitive damages are possible in auto accidents in which the perpetrator acted in a negligent or criminal manner. The goal of punitive damages is to punish the at-fault driver and persuade him or her to not perform the same actions in the future. In some situations, punitive damages sums are especially large.
Bulluck Law Group, Tampa Left-Turn Accident Lawyers
Our legal team is comprised of award-winning, top of the field personal injury lawyers. Our lawyers are highly skilled in representing victims of auto accidents. From the free initial consultation, our team will analyze your case and provide you with the best legal guidance in Tampa. If you or a loved one was injured in a left-turn accident, call us today. You are guaranteed to have the best team in Florida defending your rights and fighting for the compensation you deserve.