Left Turn Accidents Lawyer
in St. Pete & Pinellas Park, FL
Attorney for Left Turn Accidents in Pinellas Park
Left turn accidents can have severe consequences for the drivers and passengers involved. They are also ripe for disputes over liability. If you have been injured in a left turn accident, seek an experienced personal injury attorney to help guide you through the claims process and seek compensation for your losses.
Liability and Causes
The first question after a left turn accident is usually who was at fault. Florida Law generally makes the answer easy – the driver waiting to make the turn must wait until they can cross safety without creating a danger or obstruction. Also, the car travelling straight or one making a right turn generally will have the right of way. So, usually, the left turn driver is at fault when they strike or cause the other driver to strike them by turning in front of oncoming traffic. It is important to know that there are exceptions to this general rule:
- When the intersection has a left turn signal, the turning driver has the right of way
- If the driver in oncoming traffic is speeding
- The other driver ran a red light or ignored another traffic signal
- There is an unexpected obstruction in the roadway
There is an additional level of complication to this determination because Florida follows comparative fault rules. At trial, each party is assigned a percentage of fault and is liable for damages resulting from the accident based on that percentage. For example, if the left turn driver is found 60% at fault and the oncoming driver is found 40% at fault, and you are the oncoming driver, you can collect 60% of your damages from the left turn driver.
The determination of the police officer who was on the scene of the crash is helpful here, if the other driver was cited or notes indicate they were distracted, not wearing a seatbelt, or otherwise took any action that contributed, then your attorney can argue they were entirely at fault or at greater fault than you..
- Head injuries: A head or brain injury can result if your head strikes the steering wheel, window, or receives a sudden jolt.
- Shoulder injuries: Side collisions can result in injuries to your shoulder.
- Internal injuries: Your seat belt and airbags are lifesavers, but can also cause internal injuries to your organs.
- Neck and back injuries: The jolt from the impact of an accident can cause neck and back injuries.
The compensation you can recover following a left turn accident includes the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Vehicle repair and loss of value
Call us today to discuss your case 888-737-4129
If you have been injured in a left-turn accident, don’t try to handle the claims process alone, liability is likely to be disputed and the insurance companies will offer you a low settlement for the claim.
The attorneys of Oldham & Delcamp have the experience necessary to handle your personal injury claim after a left turn accident. We are prepared to present your claim to the insurance companies and work to ensure you receive adequate compensation for your losses.
About Oldham & Delcamp
We understand the physical, financial, and emotional toll a car accident places on your life. Our legal team treats all clients with the respect and compassion they deserve. We stay in communication with you throughout the process so you are never wondering about the status of your case.
When another driver chooses to text and drive, drink and drive or runs a red light, their impact on your life is disastrous. No one should pay out-of-pocket for medical expenses resulting from an accident that was no fault of your own.
Sadly, many auto accidents result in a fatality. If you’ve lost a loved one due to the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. While it doesn’t replace your loved one, it may protect your family’s financial future.
Call the office of Oldham and Delcamp Trial Attorneys today at 727-201-5458 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online. Oldham and Delcamp serve Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Citrus, Hernando Lake, and Marion Counties.
Don’t delay—the sooner we review your case, the sooner we can decide upon the best course of action for you. Time is of the essence due to the Florida statute of limitation for filing your case. Fight for the justice you deserve by contacting us as soon as possible. We can help as your slip and fall lawyer, DUI law and auto accident attorney as well as rear-end accidents attorney, trucking accidents attorney and premises liability lawyer. We can also help as your wrongful death attorney, assault and battery lawyer, and criminal theft attorney.