Left Turn Accidents
In Memphis, ordinances and traffic rules are in place to reduce car accidents and promote safety. A common cause of accidents is one driver making an improper turn, usually a left turn. City of Memphis Municipal Code Sec. 11-16-37 states a driver intending to make a left turn shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching in the opposite direction. If you were hurt in a left turn accident, the Memphis car accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz may be able to assist you in pursuing damages for your injuries. Our firm has more than 30 attorneys and 100 staff members, making us the largest Tennessee-based plaintiff’s personal injury law firm.Memphis Lawyers Assisting People Hurt in Accidents Caused by an Improper Left Turn
Left turn accidents can occur when one driver is pulling out of a shopping center, turning into a driveway, or turning at an intersection. On a two-way street, the driver making the left turn must cross at least one lane of traffic with drivers coming the opposite direction. Thus, many collisions end up being T-bone wrecks. Sometimes, the impact will propel the car that got hit into another car, causing a chain reaction. You should consult with a car accident lawyer who can take steps to begin protecting your legal rights after an accident by conducting an investigation and interviewing witnesses.
To obtain compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other out of pocket expenses, you will need to prove that another driver was negligent and caused the collision. In a left turn accident, this is often accomplished by demonstrating that the other driver failed to drive safely given the circumstances. For example, if you are driving down Poplar Avenue with the right of way, and the defendant runs a red light, turns left, and collides with your car in the intersection, you should be able to demonstrate that the defendant’s failure to yield caused the accident.
What if the wreck occurred at a four-way stop, and the defendant tries to blame you for causing the collision? This would be an example of the defendant asserting comparative fault. Under Tennessee law, this doctrine allows a plaintiff’s damages to be reduced by any percentage of fault attributed to him or her. More important, the plaintiff may be barred from recovering damages should his or her fault equal or exceed 50%. When two drivers point the finger at each other after a left turn accident, evidence from other sources becomes critical. This may include witness testimony or physical evidence from the crash scene. Being able to prove liability is one reason to retain an attorney who regularly handles auto accident cases.Call NST Today to Speak with an Experienced Car Accident Attorney in Memphis
A car accident may leave you unable to work while medical bills continue to pile up. If the accident was somebody else’s fault, you may be able to assert a claim for your damages. To discuss your left turn accident with a Memphis lawyer, call our office today. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we can assess the facts of your accident and help point you in the right direction. We take pride in fighting for injured victims, and we have helped our clients recover over $1 billion in compensation through judgments, verdicts, and settlements. Our firm represents injured people across Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri, including in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact us by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle wreck attorney in the Memphis area.