One wrong turn, and here you are, injured. A great irony of sharing the road with others is that you can follow all the rules, and someone else’s negligence can still cause you harm. Negligence is when another person acts in an unreasonable manner.
Fortunately, a Marietta improper turns accident lawyer at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help you seek financial recovery. If you call our office today, you will receive a free case evaluation. Explore your legal options by calling (404) 888-8888.
Understanding Motor Vehicle Accidents
Improper turn accidents can result from maneuvers like:
- Turning right on a red light
- Improper left turns
- Turning into side streets or driveways
- Failure to yield to the right of way
- Turning into a lane without checking first
- Failure to signal
Intersections are full of variables and potential distractions, with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) highlighting them as one of the most challenging areas for drivers to navigate. Whether indicated by signals or signs, intersections require turning drivers to be aware of where they are going, what lane they are in, and whether there are pedestrians.
Negligent drivers place their own needs and desires above those of others on the road. A split-second decision to go ahead and turn has now left you in pain, with bills, and without pay from work while you recover. That is wrong. We can help rectify your situation.
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You May Have Been Injured by an Older Driver
Turning accidents are especially prevalent among seniors, with left turns being a common cause of crashes for older drivers, according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). If you are an older driver and were the victim of an improper turn accident, you may have suffered severe injuries and face a long recovery time. Filing a personal injury claim may help alleviate the financial burden of the accident and get you back on your feet.
If, on the other hand, you were injured by a senior making an improper turn, you can hold them liable for not taking proper care. In some cases, the older adult may no longer be capable of safe driving or even have an expired license. Your improper turn injury attorney can take this into account when crafting your case.
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You May Have Been Injured by a Teenage Driver
Your accident may have been caused by a teenage driver.
Factors that could lead to a collision with a teen driver include:
- Distracted driving
- Unfamiliarity with roads
- Failure to yield
- Ignoring traffic signs and signals
- Drunk driving
Newer to the road, teen drivers may be less knowledgeable of directions, pay less attention to signals, and be more easily distracted by their GPS and passengers. While new drivers are still learning, they are nonetheless bound by the same laws as everyone else. Georgia allows accident victims to pursue parents for damages caused by teen drivers, as explained under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §40-6-49. Speak with a Marietta improper turns accident lawyer to learn more about your legal rights.
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Large Truck Accidents
Any accident involving a big rig is serious, with most deaths in truck accidents being the occupants of passenger vehicles, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). Truck turning accidents result from the same causes as regular motor vehicle accidents but with much higher risks of injuries and death.
Under-Riding Is a Risk in Large Truck Accidents
Because large semis stand higher than the average motor vehicle, a turning accident can result in an under-riding accident. This is when a car slides under the truck, damaging or shearing off the top of the vehicle and causing devastating injuries.
Under-riding accidents can occur due to:
- Poor lighting
- Failure to signal
- Turns at intersections
- Miscalculations during turns
- Road conditions during turns
As the operator of a large vehicle, truck drivers should be extra cautious when making turns. If a truck driver’s error caused you to suffer injuries in an underride crash, contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers to hold them accountable. Dial (404) 888-8888 to learn more.
Multiple Parties Could Be Involved in Your Truck Accident
The most complicated aspect of a truck turning crash is determining liability, as some trucks are privately owned rather than owned by a larger company. Some trucking companies do not treat drivers as employees but as independent contractors. This can mean you need to pursue compensation from the trucker directly. However, if the driver is employed and covered by the company’s insurance, you may need to deal with the insurance company and the trucking company.
Any scenario in which you have to deal with multiple parties can make you feel defeated before you even get started. For some businesses and insurance companies, that’s the goal; they make liability complicated so that you will drop the claim. An attorney can help zero in on the responsible party.
Explaining Pedestrian Accidents
Too often, the victims of improper turns are pedestrians. Georgia takes pedestrian safety seriously and has enacted several laws to protect their right of way. For instance, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety specifically highlights that a “don’t walk” signal does not mean a car suddenly has the right of way at a green light; pedestrians in a crosswalk have the right of way, end of story.
If you were a pedestrian injured by a driver who failed to yield, ignored signs and signals, or did not see you, you may have the basis of a personal injury case. The statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of your accident per OCGA §9-3-33, so call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers to learn more.
Seek Financial Recovery Today
A Marietta improper turns accident lawyer can build your claim and hold the negligent party accountable for your losses. Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today for a free case evaluation at (404) 888-8888.