Intersections are some of the most dangerous places for accidents to take place, and left turns are at the top of the list of dangerous contributors to catastrophic head-on or side-impact collisions. The U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) reports that more than 50 percent of fatal and non-fatal crashes take place at or near intersections. These collisions can leave victims facing serious injuries, the death of a loved one, and thousands of dollars in damages.
If you have been injured—or have lost a loved one—in a left-turn accident, you deserve to be able to focus on your physical and emotional recovery instead of filing claims and dealing with insurance companies. The Plano left-turn accident lawyers can manage your case from beginning to end.
Act Today to Protect Your Rights
The immediate aftermath of an accident inevitably feels overwhelming, and building an effective claim might not be top of mind as you struggle to heal physically and cope with the acute mental trauma. However, the actions you take in the days after an accident can mean the difference between a successful claim and an unfairly low settlement.
An attorney with our firm can prevent you from agreeing to any settlement offer that would not fairly compensate you for your losses. We can accurately assess your losses and aim for compensation that would justly cover them.
Damages You may be Able to Claim
Examples of damages you can add to your claim include:
- Medical bills: These include expenses resulting from past, present, and future doctor and emergency room visits, hospital stays, surgeries, medications, and more.
- Mental anguish: Falling under the category of pain and suffering, these can include anything from expenses related to mental health services to compensation for a diminishment to your quality of life.
- Income loss: This includes any past, present, and future changes to your income as a result of the accident. If you are unable to work in any capacity or are able to return to work in a reduced capacity, a settlement should cover any loss of income that directly relates to injuries you suffered in the accident.
- Property damages: This can cover expenses related to repairing or replacing your vehicle or the contents within the vehicle after an accident.
There is no reason you should be expected to pick up the tab for another driver’s recklessness. Take action today to hold at-fault parties responsible for their negligence.
Steps to Take After an Accident
You can protect your case from the moment your accident happens. Some things you can do include:
- Contact the police to request a copy of the accident report.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible and document all visits, prescriptions, diagnoses, and suggested treatment plans.
- Gather all photographic evidence, video footage, and eyewitness testimonies.
- Consider working with an attorney to review your case and conduct a thorough investigation.
Plano insurance companies may deny or undervalue your claim. A lawyer with our firm can make sure you know what fair compensation would look like in your case and go after it.
Partner with an Attorney from Our Firm to Build Your Case
Turning drivers must accurately judge the distance and speed of oncoming traffic, watch for pedestrians who have the right of way, and hope the drivers behind them are paying attention and will not rear-end their vehicle if they brake suddenly. With multiple parties involved in any of these collisions, determining fault can be complicated.
Determining Fault After an Accident
As in any motor vehicle collision, Texas’ rules of the road generally dictate fault. In a nutshell, whoever violates the rules most egregiously is found to have caused the collision and can be held liable for any resulting damages.
In situations where the rules of the road are not cut and dry, most insurance adjusters, Plano left-turn accident lawyers, and judges will review the location and severity of damages to the vehicle and chronicle the events leading up to the collision to reach a determination of fault.
When Drivers Who Weren’t Turning are At-Fault
Turning drivers are expected to follow traffic signals and yield to oncoming traffic. In the majority of left-turn accidents, the fault lies with the turning driver. There are, however, a number of scenarios in which a non-turning driver’s actions cause collisions. These include:
- Running red lights
- Speeding through intersections
- Distracted or impaired driving
Since the turning car is generally assumed to be at fault, employing an attorney to build a case against a non-turning driver is strongly advised. Your attorney will comb through police and accident reports, interview eyewitnesses, and compile photographic and video evidence to paint a clear picture of the events leading up to the accident and who is at fault.
Call in the Strong Arm Attorneys to Fight for You
If you have been injured as the result of another driver’s negligence, you have a right to file a claim or pursue a lawsuit with the help of an attorney.
Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today, and we will assist you immediately. We understand that your injuries might prevent you from traveling and will happily travel anywhere in the state of Texas to meet with you. Our team operates on a contingency fee basis, and the first call is free of charge. Take control of your future and call today to get started.