In most cases, victim/plaintiffs win a left turn accident claim, or any other accident claim, by proving negligence, or a lack of care. Driver error causes over 98 percent of vehicle collisions.
Not all driving errors are negligence. For example, if Tim was talking on his phone at the time of a crash, that could be wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time accident. However, if a lawyer introduces additional evidence and proves that Tim had been on his phone for several blocks, that’s different.
In case you’re wondering, defective products, mostly bad tires, cause most of the rest of the left turn accidents in the United States.
So, in this blog, we’ll talk about what kinds of errors usually cause left turn accidents as well as the evidence in a car crash case.
What Causes Left Turn Accidents?
The aforementioned driving errors usually involve either operator impairment or aggressive driving.
We mentioned device distraction above. Motorists who use devices while driving often fail to keep a proper lookout. They basically just aren’t watching the road. Substance use may be the most common kind of driver impairment. Usually, substance impairment begins with the first sip, pill, or puff. If a driver isn’t at 100 percent, physically and otherwise, that driver is impaired.
Other kinds of driver impairment include excessive fatigue and a medical condition. Driving after eighteen consecutive awake hours is as bad as driving drunk. Serious medical conditions, like epilepsy, could cause a sudden loss of consciousness. Moderate medical conditions, like the flu, reduce driving ability by up to 50 percent.
Aggressive driving is very common when motorists make left turns against traffic. Most drivers only look straight ahead, waiting for a break in traffic. WHen they think they see a break, they shoot through it. Woe be unto a driver or pedestrian in the motorist’s path. There’s almost no chance the turning driver will see the victim.
Evidence in Accident Claims
The police accident report, medical bills, and the victim/plaintiff’s own testimony usually make up the evidence in a left turn accident claim.
These items, by themselves, may or may not be enough to obtain maximum compensation in a left turn wreck. The police report is a good example. The report is often incomplete or biased. If the victim didn’t survive the wreck, the report’s narrative section obviously contains only one side of the story.
On a related note, some police reports involve extensive, multi-agency investigations. These investigations may even include input from an accident reconstruction professional. Other reports are single agency investigations. An emergency responder composes the report almost as an afterthought.
So, an attorney must carefully evaluate the evidence in a case, determine what more is needed, if anything, and skillfully present this evidence to a jury.
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