Left Turn Car Accidents
When approaching a four-way intersection, a driver who intends to turn left must wait for all oncoming traffic to pass before turning (except for specific situations such as a traffic light specifically for turning drivers). Unfortunately, drivers often fail to assess their surroundings properly which can cause serious car accidents in the process.
In most left-turn accidents, it is immediately assumed that the turning driver is at fault and that the driver traveling straight is the victim. While this is true in a majority of cases, there are plenty of examples of left-turn accidents where this is not the case. Whatever the details of your crash may be, it is important to work with a lawyer who can help clarify the details and establish the facts that will help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Working with an experienced car accident attorney ensures that your case is being handled properly while you focus on your recovery and getting your life back on track. No matter how straightforward your case may seem, you can count on the insurance company taking steps to limit your payment and the chances of a successful legal settlement. With the right car accident lawyer on your side, you can fight back and get the compensation you deserve.
What to Do After A Left-Turn Car Accident
If you have been injured in a left-turn accident, it may be best to contact an attorney and discuss your options. At Mountain States Injury Law, we offer free consultations for car accident victims and their loved ones where we can establish the details of the situation and provide clear insights into how best to move forward. These consultations come with zero obligation to work with us, so they are a great opportunity to explore your options and get the help you need to make an informed decision about your case.
The team at our firm is dedicated to helping accident victims secure the best legal outcome possible, and we have a proven track record of success in doing just that. Contact us today and find out how we can work together to fight for the money you deserve.
If you or a family member were injured in any type of car accident, call our office today and find out what legal options are available to you. Our experienced attorneys can answer your questions and provide the guidance that you need to make informed decisions about how to proceed with your case.
Filing an Insurance Claim After a Left-Turn Accident
A settlement after a left-turn accident can be difficult to obtain. This is because it may be unclear who was at fault for the accident, or the insurance adjuster is working aggressively to settle as quickly and inexpensively as possible.
When seeking a settlement after a left-turn accident, it is important to keep track of all medical bills and any other costs associated with the accident. This would include lost wages if you had to miss work because of your injuries. It can also include car repair costs and any pain or suffering that you experienced.
The insurance company for the other driver will likely try to settle for as little money as possible. They will use different tools in their playbook to do so, such as using innocent statements during interviews as “evidence” of your guilt or downplaying the severity of your injuries. They might attempt to pin additional blame on you to leverage the doctrine of comparative fault that Montana, Colorado, and Idaho all use when establishing liability in personal injury cases.
When a victim is trying to handle their own insurance claim, tricks like these can go unnoticed — or more often, they may simply be intimidated into accepting them as fact. But when working with an experienced left-turn accident lawyer, these tactics can be exposed and countered more effectively, leading to a much better outcome for the victim.
Your attorney will gather all of the facts about the crash, and compile information such as your medical records, impacts on your earnings, and all of your other difficulties and losses. They will calculate what they believe to be the true cost of your crash. They will submit this as a demand letter to the insurer, often at the same time that the insurance company will make an initial settlement offer. The difference between your attorney’s calculations and the insurer’s settlement offer will likely be shocking.
At this point, your lawyer will go through a series of negotiations to close the gap between the two calculations. If they can do so successfully, they will accept a settlement and you can move on with your life knowing you are not taking on the financial impacts of someone else’s dangerous or reckless driving. In other instances, they may need to file a lawsuit in the courts. Mountain States Injury Law has experience in Colorado courts, Idaho courts, and Montana courts and will be prepared to present your case to a judge and jury if necessary.
Common Personal Injury Damages From Left-Turn Car Crashes
No matter who is at fault for the crash, you may be entitled to compensation if you are injured in a car accident. Typical personal injury damages from left-turn collisions may include:
- Medical bills, including ambulance costs and hospitalization expenses
- Lost wages due to missed work days or reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress, anxiety, and depression
- Loss of enjoyment of life due to physical impairments or disfigurement
- Any out-of-pocket costs related to the accident
These are just a few of the many different damages that you may be owed if you were in an accident that someone else caused. The types of damages are unique to your case, so the best way to make sense of them is to begin working with an attorney as soon as possible.
Contact Mountain States Injury Law and Fight For What You Deserve
If you are a victim of a left-turn accident in Montana, Colorado, or Idaho, contact Mountain States Injury Law today for a free consultation. Our attorneys have the experience and know-how to get you the compensation you deserve. Don’t let an insurance company take advantage of you; call us now so that we can help protect your rights and best interests.