There is a proper, safe way to make turns, and then there are turns that could put others at risk. When a motorist engages in the latter form of turn, they may end up causing a collision. That collision could produce injuries—possibly fatal ones.
If a driver’s improper turn caused you to be injured, then a lawyer may bring a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim for you. If you lost a loved one because of an improper turn, then you may choose to bring a wrongful death lawsuit with assistance from an Arlington improper turns accident lawyer.
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When a Turn Becomes Improper
Conditions that could lead to a collision may generally make it unsafe to turn. Even if a turn is seemingly legal, it could still be dangerous.
Some conditions that may make turning improper include:
- Cars or other motor vehicles approaching the path of your turn at a rapid pace
- Having very little room in front of oncoming traffic to make a turn
- If a pedestrian, bicyclist, or vehicle is in the path of where you plan to turn
- If you do not have the right-of-way at a signalized intersection
- If you turn right when it is not permitted to do so at a signalized intersection
- If you make an illegal U-turn
You may also be required to use your turn signal before making a turn, or it could be considered improper. Drivers could make an improper turn consciously, perhaps because they believe that doing so is harmless or that they will not be noticed for their dangerous act. In other cases, a motorist may not realize that the turn they are making could be dangerous.
In either instance, a driver may be at fault for causing your losses.
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An Improper Turn May Make a Motorist Liable
When a motor vehicle accident happens, you and your lawyer may consider one important question; did another motorist act in a way that put you at risk and directly caused the accident?
This question hits at the core of the concept of duty of care. Per the Legal Information Institute (LII), a duty of care is a requirement for motorists to avoid unreasonably dangerous acts, including but not limited to improper turns.
If a motorist intentionally or unintentionally made a turn that caused your accident, then the turn may make them responsible for the resulting losses. It may make them responsible for your losses.
Negligence may be the standard by which a driver who makes an improper turn is liable. The American Bar Association explains that:
- A driver may be negligent if they violate their duty of care.
- If a driver’s violation of their duty of care causes injuries to you, the other driver may be obligated to compensate you for your losses.
- The other driver did not have to want to hurt you to be negligent, as intent is not required to prove liability for your losses.
If your lawyer is able to prove that you were harmed because of motorist negligence, you may have a strong case to secure awards in line with your losses. Note that parties aside from another driver could also be liable for your losses.
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The Duties of Your Lawyer in a Car Accident Case
Protecting your rights is of the utmost importance after a motor vehicle accident. A motorist who knows that they are at fault for your collision—and possibly agents that represent them—may attempt to:
- Goad you into accepting fault that you do not rightfully harbor
- Make statements that would restrict your ability to pursue fair compensation
- Accept some sort of payment, perhaps through insurance, which may not compensate you fairly for your losses
By hiring a lawyer to represent you after your accident, you may neutralize any such attempts to violate your rights. A lawyer can conduct dealings related to your lawsuit so that opposing parties do not have access to you or take advantage of you.
Other possible duties of your lawyer are:
Determining How Much Compensation You Deserve
The harm that an improper turns accident causes to your quality of life may be substantial. Still, every collision is different. Your lawyer will closely examine your case to determine how much compensation you deserve.
You may be entitled to awards to help cover damage to your vehicle, your medical expenses, pain and suffering from your collision, economic harm such as lost income, and any other consequences of your accident. A wrongful death lawsuit will also warrant a calculation of losses.
Completing Your Case
You cannot be certain of the route your case will take. Your lawyer cannot be either, but they may be familiar with the potential outcomes of a lawsuit or insurance claim. Thus, your lawyer will be prepared to complete your case through the most appropriate means. They may generally seek a settlement but will be ready to proceed to trial if necessary.
Looking Out for Your Health
Even before they begin work on your case, your lawyer may help document your medical care and injuries. A lawyer’s job is to look out for your interests, and your health is the most important consideration.
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