Left turns are more difficult in the United States than right turns since we drive on the right-hand side of the road. Texas has specific laws relating to the left turn, and a Dallas left turn accident lawyer from our team may be able to take on your case. If you suffered injuries after a driver made a careless left turn, call our office today for your no-cost consultation at 877-239-4878.
Left turn accidents are quite common. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that 22.2% of traffic accidents occur when a vehicle is attempting to turn left through an intersection. Due to the special dangers of these collisions, loss of life does tragically occur. For individuals who make it through such crashes, they may have injuries such as:
- Concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Whiplash or soft tissue injury
- Lacerations or contusions
- Burns or abrasions
- Bone fractures
- Ligament or tendon damage
- Internal organ damage
- Reproductive harm
No matter your diagnosis, the law may be on your side. If so, the law office of Loncar Lyon Jenkins is prepared to do a full discovery and take your case to trial.
Understanding the Award of Compensation in Your Injury Case
A successful case earns you a judgment or settlement, from a lawsuit or arbitration, respectively, where you are paid a lump sum of cash. These payments are tailored to match the total of the victim’s:
- Medical bills
- Auto shop debts, or fair market value of a totaled vehicle
- Transportation costs due to lacking a vehicle
- Lost regular wages or income
- Any other direct financial damage relating to the accident
- Pain and suffering
If the jury finds in your favor, the judge will try to make you financially “whole” again by paying you for the above costs. The court will not be trying to make you better off than you were before the accident, but civil justice in this country means getting paid damages by the person who hurt you.
If you were hurt by a driver making an irresponsible left turn, whether you were a pedestrian, cyclist, passenger, or another driver, you could be entitled to financial damages for your personal injuries. Texas law is complex regarding liability in left-hand turn collisions, but our team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins can help you understand your legal position and options. Give us a call today for a no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation, at 877-239-4878.
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How a Left Turn Accident Attorney Will Fight for Your Rights
When we take on a client, we do not hold back in defending their legal rights. Other drivers owe you a debt of caution on the road, and if you were hit by someone making an illegal left turn, you can pursue damages from the at-fault driver. Our legal team knows how to work with, and add to, police evidence to strengthen your case. Laws are built to protect the public, and there are many potential laws we will research on your behalf and determine whether the facts of your case match the elements of any of those statutes. In this way, attentive listening to our clients and deep legal research and knowledge are some of our main assets.
Proving Fault in Left Turn Accidents
Texas Revised Code § 545.152 holds that vehicles turning left into a driveway or road across other lanes must yield to any immediately approaching traffic. There are certain exceptions, such as in a protected left turn with a green arrow signal.
Texas liability laws operate on a comparative fault basis. Drivers who are more than 50% at fault for a collision cannot collect any damages. But if you are under 51% at fault, then you are eligible to pursue compensation. A Dallas left turn accident lawyer from our team may be able to take on your case and help protect your legal rights.
We commonly work with accident reconstruction experts who can dig deeper into a crime scene than just listening to testimony. Skid marks can tell a story, but only last so long on pavement as regular traffic continues.
We also routinely research nearby establishments that may have acquired footage relating to your crash via security cameras. Such footage is not kept long, so immediate action is needed to research and contact these establishments before they routinely delete the data.
It can be extremely helpful to have an accident attorney who can examine evidence that may not have been in the police report. Having certain pieces of evidence waiting to bring in as a reinforcement is just one of the ways that our lawyers strategize the development of your case.
Some additional causes that can exacerbate the damage of a left-hand turn accident include:
- Intoxicated driving
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Slippery roads
- Excessive speed
- Road rage
While many drivers avoid the above dangers at all costs, others do not, and left-turn accidents can become more likely or worse in nature. Innocent bystanders can get caught up in these risks and lose their life. Many of these collisions do involve a left-hand turn, and often it is the case that multiple driver errors lead to a traffic accident.
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Our Dallas Left Turn Accident Lawyer Can Help You Act within Your Legal Time Frames
Courts limit the time you can collect any damage you may be due. Per Texas Transportation Code §16.003(a), injured people have a maximum of two years in which to initiate a lawsuit pertaining to their damages. After two years, there is no more opportunity to collect damages. This is the ultimate reason that there is limited time to act.
A member of our team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins is ready to hear your story and provide an initial case assessment for no cost to you. Contact us today to get started by calling 877-239-4878.