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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Dec 2, 2016

Car accidents are scary, especially when they occur in an intersection. While it is typically assumed that it is always the person who turned left’s fault, there are actually a few exceptions. If you are being blamed for an accident in which you were turing left, here are steps you can take and points you can prove in order to show that the other driver was at fault.

Finding Fault in a Left Hand Turn Accident

The liability for left hand turn accidents almost always automatically goes to the turning driver. The following are exceptions that are likely to make the driver going straight liable:

  • the car going straight was going too fast (usually difficult to prove)
  • the car going straight went through a red light
  • the left-turn car began its turn when it was safe but something unexpected happened which made it have to slow down or stop its turn.

If one of the above scenarios happened to you, you must now be able to prove it to your insurance company.

Research Local Traffic Laws

Speeding and red light running is always illegal. If the driver you collided with was doing either or both of these, the blame can be shifted onto them.

Get a Police Report

A police report can always be used as evidence. Call the police after the accident and give them your statement on what happened. Be sure to include whether the other driver was speeding or running a red light.

Gather Evidence

Get witness statements from anyone who may have seen the accident. Get their contact information in case you or your insurance company have any other questions for them.

Take photos of the area where the accident occurred, nearby traffic signs, the damage to the vehicles and anything else that may help your case.