eft-Turn Car Accidents in South Florida
Most drivers have felt the anxiety of making a left turn in a busy intersection and for a good reason. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 36% of all car accidents happen at intersections, and more than 480,000 of those crashes involve left turns. In most cases, drivers feel pressure to move before the light changes, but cars speed by and ignore their blinking turn signals. They may be able to pass through the intersection relatively safely, but most left-turn accidents happen at the moment of the turn and result in “T-bone” car accidents.
T-bone car accidents, also known as side-impact collisions, is when one car strikes the broadside of another vehicle. These accidents can result in devastating personal injuries and even death. For instance, broken windows or collapsed doors may result in significant brain injuries, bone fractures, or disfigurement.
If you sustained a personal injury in a left-turn collision, hiring a personal injury attorney can help you get the maximum compensation for your accident damages. Call 1-800 INJURED today to get connected to an empathetic lawyer from their referral network.
Why Left Turns Are So Dangerous
Left turns are one of the most dangerous driving maneuvers for two main reasons. The first being that drivers have to move in front of oncoming traffic, which already increases the chances of a crash.
Next, drivers tend to speed when crossing an intersection. Speed increases the likelihood of an accident and the severity of personal injuries, especially if the cars at the intersection are already travelling at a high speed. The impact of these accidents can lead to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, deep lacerations, concussions, fractures, or death.
Common Causes for Left-Turn Car Accidents
Left-turn accidents stem from a variety of reasons but some of the most common causes include obstructed view while turning, driving into blind spots, and miscalculation of the gap across the intersection. Drivers also frequently report misjudgement of the other driver’s speed and illegal maneuvers, such as failure to yield to the right of way, as contributing factors to their left-turn collisions.
Compensation After A Left-Turn Accident
Regardless of the circumstances leading up to your left-turn accident, it essential that you get the compensation you need to recover. Since Florida is a “no-fault” state, you have to file a claim with your auto insurance provider to collect payment for some of your accident damages, regardless of which driver is at-fault. By law, you should have purchased full liability car insurance with a minimum of $10K in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. These PIP benefits will cover a portion of your medical bills and lost wages.
Having legal representation when filing an insurance claim can protect you from unfair adjustment practices. An experienced personal injury attorney will stand up to your auto insurance company and work towards getting you the money you need to cover the full cost of your injuries.
Depending on your case, an attorney may suggest filing a personal injury lawsuit. If you have over $10K in medical bills and lost wages, or you have sustained a permanent damage, you might be able to sue the liable driver for economic and intangible damages. In these cases, compensation could include payment for any accident related out-of-pocket expenses and your pain & suffering.
How 1-800 INJURED Can Help
If you are filing an insurance claim or injury lawsuit after a left-turn accident, a Miami car accident attorney can help you get the most for your case. Call us toll-free at 1-800 INJURED to get connected to an experienced lawyer today. 1-800 INJURED is an attorney and medical referral service that refers accident injury victims to a network of trusted lawyers dedicated to getting their clients results. Call today and get started on your case.