In most cases, someone making a left turn at an intersection, stop sign, or onto a street is presumed to be the negligent party.

This is because a motorist turning left only has the right of way when turning on a green left-turn arrow. In other cases, he must yield to oncoming vehicles, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicycle riders before executing his turn. While these are the rules in most left-turn car accidents, there are exceptions.

There are circumstances when the motorist turning left isn't presumed to be at fault. Here are some of those situations:

  • The driver going straight exceeded the speed limit. This defense can be difficult to prove if there weren't witnesses to the collision.
  • The other motorist ran a stop sign or a stop light. Traffic camera video footage or eyewitness’ statements can help establish this.
  • The driver traveling straight through the intersection caused the crash or at least was partially at fault because of distractions, intoxication, or other negligent practices.
  • When the person turning left began the maneuver, it was safe to do so, but other circumstances required him to stop, slow down, or swerve.

The Right Legal Team Will Help

left-turn liability Kansas City Accident Injury AttorneysIf you were the individual injured while turning left, an insurance company adjuster could raise certain objections in an effort to deny or reduce your claim.

If any of the above circumstances contributed to the crash, you may not be at fault.

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