Left Turn Accidents
Motor Vehicle Crash Lawyers Serving the Greater Memphis Area
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
Drivers who violate traffic signals put many others at risk. Many fatalities result from a driver running a red light or stop sign, or failing to yield the right of way while making a left turn. Sometimes drivers speed to try to make it through a yellow light or fail to come to a complete stop at an intersection controlled by multiple stop signs. Drivers may fail to follow no-U turn signs or no-left turn signs. Each driver should follow traffic signals and signs to keep roads safer.
If you were injured in an accident, it is important to call the police to the scene. This is particularly crucial in a case involving an accident caused by a traffic signal violation. Officers at the scene may issue a citation to the driver whom they believe to be at fault, and this citation may be useful to establish negligence per se. Negligence per se is applicable when a driver violates a safety law and in so doing causes injuries of the type that the law was intended to avert. A citation may go a long way toward establishing fault. Other evidence that might be helpful for a plaintiff includes accident reconstruction or a traffic camera.
Even if negligence per se is not established, proof of a traffic signal violation may be evidence of negligence. Negligence consists of certain elements: a duty of reasonable care, a breach of this duty, causation, and damages. All drivers owe others on the road a duty of care to act reasonably and prudently by obeying traffic signals, and in most cases, violations of traffic signals will be perceived as unreasonable by a jury.
Sometimes, in spite of violating a traffic signal, a defendant will try to shift the blame back to the plaintiff through the doctrine of comparative negligence. Comparative negligence allows a plaintiff’s damages to be reduced by their percentage of fault. Different states handle comparative negligence differently. In Tennessee, for example, if a plaintiff is 50% or more at fault for an accident, they will be barred from recovery.
If you establish liability, you may be able to recover compensatory damages. These damages include all of your economic and noneconomic losses, including medical expenses, lost income, lost earning capacity, property damage, pain and suffering, emotional distress, scarring, disfigurement, and loss of consortium. When a loved one dies due to an accident caused by running a red light or committing another traffic signal violation, certain family members may be able to obtain compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Damages in that case may include loss of companionship, funeral and burial expenses, loss of support, and other noneconomic damages related to the relationship of a surviving family member to the victim.
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 $1.5 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.