Left Turns and Car Crashes
If you, or a loved one, have been injured in an auto accident, you will be wondering how you are going to pay the bills, especially if you need a lot of medical treatment or have to spend much time away from your job or business.
If you were not at fault and think that someone else was to blame, this is when making a personal injury claim can help enormously to cushion the financial impact the accident has had on you and your family.
Auto accidents caused by a left turn
There are many reasons for auto accidents, which are the most common types of accidents across the U.S. Intersections are typically places where serious accidents take place.
There are almost always clear cut rules when vehicles approach an intersection, but unfortunately even if you are a careful driver yourself it is hard to avoid the possibility of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and get hit by another vehicle.
A common cause of an accident at an intersection is when a driver fails to yield the right of way at an intersection when turning left into a flow of traffic.
This could happen when the driver runs a red light or fails to stop at a stop sign. A side swipe, t-bone or head on collision at a busy intersection can easily lead to serious injuries or fatalities.
Determining who is at fault is vital in a personal injury claim
When an accident takes place it can sometimes be difficult to work out who was exactly at fault. However, unraveling what went wrong and who was at fault is vital if a personal injury claim is to have any chance of success.
If you were in any way at fault yourself, it is unlikely that you will be able to make a full personal injury claim against the other driver.
The degree to which fault is important depends on the specific laws in each state. In some states where the fault is shared between two or more parties there may be what is called comparative negligence, where you may be able to claim a percentage of the compensation needed depending on how much you were to blame.
In some other states, you may not be able to claim for any damages if you have contributed to the accident in any way at all. Your personal injury attorney will be able to explain how the at fault laws in your state affect you and your chance of filing a successful claim for compensation.
Collecting evidence after an accident
The success of a personal injury claim depends on identifying who was at fault and if that is someone else, then collecting any sort of evidence will help to improve your chances of recovering damages.
If you are able to do so, take witness’ names and contact details after the accident and take photos, even if it is just with your cell phone. Collecting accident information will help your personal injury attorney compile a case against the driver or other party responsible for your injuries.
Why a personal injury attorney can help you with a claim
The period immediately after an accident can be enormously stressful and financially damaging. If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else, getting help from a personal injury lawyer can help to put your life back in order.
An experienced personal injury attorney who has dealt with auto accidents many times before will be able to assess the circumstances of your accident and give you an opinion on whether a claim is likely to be successful.
The complexities of personal injury law in each state, such as determining liability and calculating a fair and just settlement, means that a personal injury attorney can provide invaluable support.