Drivers everywhere bear a responsibility to obey roadway rules and to drive with as much diligence as possible. This includes at intersections and while making left- and right-hand turns. Failure to fulfill this responsibility, resulting in a car accident and personal injuries to others, is negligence. If you or a loved one has been injured in a left-hand/right-hand turn collision, contact the New York City attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath and Cannavo, P.C., for a free case evaluation.
In a left-hand or right-hand turn accident, at least one driver has been negligent in obeying the rules of the road. A driver may have ignored a traffic light or proceeded into the intersection when he or she should have yielded the right of way to another driver. This is similarly true where a pedestrian was hit. The driver may be responsible for failing to yield to a pedestrian or failing to see what was there to be seen. The at-fault driver in any of these situations may be liable for damages, if the crash caused serious injuries.
A lawyer can help you protect your rights and negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company after a serious car accident. If negotiations do not work, your lawyer may be able to take your case to court to fight for better results. An attorney can handle all the legal aspects of your case while you focus on healing. If you need to file a claim against the government for a malfunctioning traffic light, a lawyer can help with these complex cases as well.
Intersections are some of the most common settings for serious car accidents in New York City. Drivers ignoring the right of way, misjudging other vehicles’ distances and speeds, and rolling through stop lights and stop signs at intersections are common causes of left-hand and right-hand turn collisions. All drivers have a duty to pay attention to the road, obey roadway rules, and to drive prudently. Failure to fulfill these duties, resulting in collisions, can cause various injuries.
Left-hand and right-hand turn accidents are often serious. A T-bone accident occurs when an oncoming vehicle strikes a turning vehicle on the driver’s side. A T-bone accident can be fatal for the turning driver. Turn-related accidents can also cause rollovers and other major collisions. If you suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one in an intersection accident, you could have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit in New York City.
A successful car accident claim could result in payment for your past and future medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost quality of life, property damage repairs, and other damages. You may also be eligible for wrongful death damages if the turn-related accident cost your loved one his or her life. To have grounds to pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit outside of New York’s no-fault laws, injuries must be permanently disfiguring, serious, or fatal.
If you have suffered injuries in a left-turn or right-turn accident in New York City, contact us for a free case review. Our lawyers can help you determine fault, negotiate a car insurance claim, file a personal injury lawsuit, and fight for fair compensation. We have the experience and resources for the strongest possible case against an at-fault driver or another party. Call (212) 732-9000 to schedule your consultation today.