Car crashes often occur at intersections. Among the driving maneuvers that can lead to such an intersection-related crash is a left turn that takes your vehicle into the path of oncoming traffic.
The seriousness of such left-turn crashes was recently highlighted in a collision that took place on Highway 58 in Hamilton County. The driver of a town car tried to turn left onto Champion Road, but came into the path of a semi. The car driver suffered severe injuries.
Especially when cars are going at high speed, these kinds of accidents can easily result in fatalities or permanent injuries that require expensive medical care, rehabilitation, years of medical follow-ups, and major lifestyle adjustments.
In the vast majority of cases, the driver making the left turn is deemed liable for the crash, as opposed to the other driver, who was headed on a straight path.
There are some circumstances where this may not be the case. If the driver of the car that was going straight made some egregious traffic violation, such as running a red light, the liability for the accident would most likely shift to them. In other situations, the driver making a left turn might have been doing so safely, but something went wrong with the turn; perhaps there was a malfunction in the vehicle that caused it to die or go out of control.
In the aftermath of any such accident, you can contact experienced Chattanooga car accident attorneys to review the details. Liability may not always be clear. You may be faced with steep expenses. Or you may be dealing with problems either with your own insurance or the other driver’s insurance. It helps to consult with attorneys who have dealt with similar cases and can advise you on how best to proceed.