One of the most serious car accidents in the Philadelphia area is left-hand turns. Left-hand turn accidents happen when the driver fails to yield and turns left into traffic traveling straight. These crashes often result in a T-bone impact where the left turning vehicle slams into the middle of the other vehicle. These accidents may lead to devastating injuries and sometimes death. A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on crash factors in intersection-related accidents revealed that turning left was the leading event in intersection crashes, with a left-hand turn being blamed on almost 1 out of every 4 of these types of crashes.
Learn more about this serious type of car accident below.
Fault usually lies with the left-turning driver, if the traffic signal allowed the straight-ahead traffic to continue through the intersection. For instance, assume Driver 1 is waiting at the stoplight to turn left. The driver fails to see Driver 2 with the green light driving straight through the intersection. Driver 1 hits Driver 2 in the intersection. It is clear that Driver 1 is negligent.
However, cases exist where the left-turning driver is not negligent and not responsible for the accident. An example is where a four-way stop sign controls the intersection. The driver coming straight ahead could violate a traffic law by not stopping at the stop sign and be liable in a left turn accident here.
For example, Driver 1 approaches the intersection with four stop signs for all lanes. Driver 1 signals a left turn and starts to do so after stopping. Driver 2 approaches the intersection, but is distracted by a cell phone. They fail to stop and hit Driver 1 while making the turn. Driver 2 is liable in this situation.
The rules of the road are contained in Pennsylvania Vehicle Code Chapter 33. The most common ways fault is assessed in a left-hand turn accident are detailed in Sections 3321, 3322, and 3324:
If you are injured in a left-hand turn crash in Pennsylvania, you may be entitled to financial compensation, if another driver caused the accident. For most state residents, your PIP or personal injury protection coverage pays your medical costs and lost earnings up to at least $5000. You also may sue the other driver for your losses above your PIP policy limits.
Contact our experienced Philadelphia car accident law firm today to assist you with filing a legal claim for your left-hand turn accident.