Risk increases whenever you’re driving, and you turn left. That’s because there is likely to be oncoming traffic. You might try to avoid left turns, but getting around town becomes troublesome without making them. Left turns are a fact of life
Left Turn Scenarios
As per the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than 22% of all intersection accidents involve a vehicle turning left. That’s nearly 20 times the number of accidents involving right turns. Here three scenarios when a driver who is making a left turn can be held to be at fault for an accident:
- Turning left in an intersection, even if the driver has the green arrow for a protected left turn.
- Making a left turn at a 4-way stop intersection, especially if the turning driver fails to come to come to a complete stop.
- When making a U-turn. This is one of the most dangerous maneuvers in driving.
Why are Left Turns So Dangerous
Making a left turn can be far more dangerous than making a right turn. Here are a few reasons why:
- The turning driver must use sound judgment in estimating the speed and distance of oncoming traffic.
- That assessment must be made before the turning driver crosses one or more lanes of traffic.
- The turning driver’s view of the roadway might be obstructed by other vehicles.
- Oncoming traffic might not be the only lanes of traffic to be considered. Other lanes of traffic might need to be considered too
More Than Two Vehicles Can be Involved
Many left turn accidents involve a broadside or T-bone impact. Severe injuries can be suffered by both drivers and passengers in such impacts. What also comes to issue is the fact that either of the vehicles involved in a broadside crash can be pushed into other vehicles or even pedestrians or bicyclists and cause other serious injuries or fatalities.
A Recent Philadelphia Left Turn Fatality
A 55-year-old woman was attempting to make a left turn in Juniata Park when a 25-year-old driver who was westbound on Erie collided with her in broad daylight. The 25-year-old driver who was traveling straight ahead suffered fatal injuries. The turning driver was taken to Temple University Hospital. Her condition is unknown. Damage to both vehicles was extensive.
Comparative Negligence in Pennsylvania
There are times when both parties to an accident share fault for it. For example, the driver of a car turning left might be primarily at fault for an accident, but the driver of the car who claims injuries and damages might have been driving too fast for traffic or weather conditions. If such a case doesn’t settle, a jury will be called upon to apportion liability. For example, the turning driver might be determined to be 75% at fault while the claimant is determined to be 25% at fault. Damages are ultimately calculated based on the percentage of fault attributable to each party. If the plaintiff’s gross award is $100,000, he or she would receive $75,000 based on the determination of 25% comparative negligence. In Pennsylvania, if an injured person is found to be 51% or more at fault, he or she takes nothing.
Contact a Philadelphia Auto Accident Lawyer.
Insurance companies are in the business of making money. If they’re required to pay out on a claim, they want to pay as little as possible. When a claim arises, the first thing that the turning vehicle’s insurer will do is to raise the comparative negligence issue and try and shift some or all of the blame for the accident over onto you. That’s often done by getting a recorded statement from you and using your own words against you in the future. Pennsylvania law doesn’t require you to give that statement, so politely refuse to give it. Instead, contact us.
After any accident involving a serious injury, contact a highly rated Philadelphia Auto Accident Lawyer such as Edith Pearce. Unlike the huge firms with dozens of attorneys and many different attorneys handling different aspects of your case, Edith Pearce is personally involved in every case that we handle. She genuinely cares about her clients and you will not be treated like just another case or file.