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If You Were Turning Left, Are You Automatically Liable for an Accident?

Generally speaking, drivers making a left turn are supposed to always wait for anyone coming straight through an intersection to go first. Because they don’t have the right of way, they can be held liable for the accident. In some cases, the accident may be so clear-cut in terms of who was at fault that insurers won’t even argue the point. However, there are some exceptions for people who are struck by someone coming straight through an intersection.

A car accident can leave you with severe injuries that require medical attention. If you’ve lost time at work recovering or have had to pay for expensive medical bills, compensation may be available to help you financially. For more information about how we may be able to assist you in pursuing the compensation you deserve, contact the Waukesha car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today by calling 800-242-2874.

Exceptions to the Left-Turn Rule

Although drivers turning left at an intersection are usually held responsible for an accident with a driver coming straight through an intersection, they may not always be to blame. In fact, there are three instances when a left-turning driver may not be liable for an accident:

  • If the left-turning driver is struck by a speeding driver
  • If the left-turning driver is struck by a driver running a red light
  • If the left-turning driver turns safely, but is stopped or slowed unexpectedly in the turn

In these situations, the driver coming straight through the intersection can actually be held responsible for any injuries that the left-turning driver sustains.

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If you’ve been injured because of another driver’s errors, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for your injuries. To discuss your options with a knowledgeable legal advisor, contact the Waukesha car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 today.


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