Determining fault is one of the most important factors in helping injured crash victims get compensation for their losses. One common type of car accident that can be serious is a left-hand turn accident. Determining who is at fault in a left-hand turn accident can be complicated.
What are the driving rules for left-hand turns in Georgia?
In general, Georgia drivers making left-hand turns must yield to oncoming traffic. Drivers must also yield to pedestrians who are in crosswalks. This applies to drivers who are at a green light without a turn arrow and drivers who are at an intersection with a flashing yellow turn arrow. Drivers who have a green turn arrow have the right of way unless there is a pedestrian in the crosswalk. In addition, drivers turning left must turn into the lane closest to the center lane in the correct direction of traffic for the street.
Who can be held liable for a left-hand turn accident?
Despite your best defensive driving strategies, you may still be involved in a left-hand turn accident. Determining liability is important in recovering compensation. Whichever driver violates right-of-way is the person who is at fault for left-hand turn accidents. In most cases, the driver who is making the turn is at fault, but not always.
A legal professional who is skilled in personal injury can help a car accident victim understand their options. They can review the police report, intersection cameras, and interview witnesses to help determine who was at fault. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.