Why is Making a Left Hand Turn So Dangerous?
It's simple. A left hand turn puts a driver directly in the path of oncoming traffic. If someone's not paying attention or misjudges the window to turn, you have an accident. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, left hand turns were the 10th leading cause of Florida traffic deaths in 2010, killing 32 people. More than 3,300 people were hurt in left turn accidents in 2010.
Who is at Fault in a Left Hand Turn Accident?
In most cases, the person who pulls left into oncoming traffic is at fault because they don't have the right of way. However, it really does depend on a case by case basis. If the accident happened during a yellow light, or when the oncoming car runs a red light, there may be a gray area about negligence. That's why it's important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to investigate the accident scene. That could mean pulling video from intersection cameras and timing the lights to get more evidence about how the accident happened.
String of Left Hand Turn Motorcycle Accidents Make News in Sarasota and Manatee Counties
Motorcyclists are often severely hurt in left hand turn accidents. In a span of only a few weeks this year, local news reported on three tragic left hand turn crashes that killed 2 motorcyclists and critically injured another. Car drivers don't see a motorcyclist coming because of the smaller profile of their bike. Or drivers misjudge how fast a biker is coming towards them as they pull into the intersection causing a motorcycle accident. This leaves the rider with very little time to stop or swerve to avoid hitting the car or truck in front of them.
The Attorneys at Buckman and Buckman are Aggressive, Experienced and Personal
At Buckman and Buckman, we work hard to get you what you deserve. We know how to negotiate with big insurance companies who use scare tactics or play hardball with victims. We're not afraid to go to trial with your case to make sure you get a fair shot. Call (941) 923-7700 today and find out how Aimee Buckman and Drake Buckman can help you and your family. Consultations are always with one of us and always free. Call our office at (941) or fill out our online accident case evaluation form.