Left Turn Car Accidents
Left turn car accidents frequently happen in Cape Cod, and often result in devastating injuries and substantial property damage. While left turn accidents are prevalent, they are almost always avoidable and only occur due to the negligent driving of one of the parties involved in the accident. If you suffered damages due to a left turn accident, it is prudent to meet with a capable Cape Cod car accident lawyer to assess whether you may be able to recover compensation. The lawyers at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, collectively have more than 150 years of experience helping parties injured due to the negligence of others seek remuneration for their harm, and we will aggressively pursue any damages you may be owed. Our diligent representation has enabled us to obtain several multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.Massachusetts Laws Regarding Left Turns
Under Massachusetts law, any driver intending to make a left turn is required to indicate his or her intent via a turn signal. Additionally, any driver turning left must yield the right of way to any approaching driver and must refrain from turning until it is safe to do so. When two drivers arrive at an intersection at the same time, the driver to the right has the right of way.Proving Liability Following a Left Turn Car Accident
In the majority of left turn car accidents, the accident is caused by the negligent driving of the party making the left turn. To hold a party liable for negligence under Massachusetts law, you must prove that he or she owed you a duty. In cases involving left turn car accidents, the duty owed is the duty established by the laws regarding the proper procedure for making left turns. Once a duty is established, you must show that the party breached the duty, and the breach caused your accident. To prove causation, you do not have to show that the breach was the sole cause of the accident, but you must show that the accident would not have happened without the breach and that the breach was a substantial factor in bringing about the accident. Lastly, you must prove that the accident caused you to suffer actual damages.
While in many left turn car accident cases the cause of the accident is not disputed, in some cases the other driver will try to refute liability by arguing that you drove too fast or failed to obey a stop sign, and your negligent driving was the actual cause of the accident. Even if you are found to be partially responsible for causing the accident, however, you may still be able to recover damages, as long as you are found to be less responsible than the defendant. If you are found to be partially liable, any damages you recover will be reduced proportionally to the amount of your negligence. If you were involved in a left turn car accident, it is advisable to speak with an experienced injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss the circumstances surrounding your case.Damages Commonly Sustained in a Left Turn Car Accident
If you successfully prove liability, you may be able to recoup monetary compensation for any economic harm you suffered, including the cost to repair your vehicle and the cost of any treatment for injuries you sustained in the accident. If you could not work because of injuries caused by the accident, you can seek damages for loss of earnings as well. Additionally, you may be awarded damages for the pain and suffering you experienced due to the accident.Consult a Car Accident Attorney in Cape Cod
When drivers make left turns without making sure it is safe to do so, they should be held responsible for any harm caused by their negligent driving. If you suffered injuries due to a left turn accident resulting from another driver’s carelessness, a Cape Cod lawyer experienced in litigating car accident cases can evaluate your case. At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, we vigorously advocate on behalf of our clients. We have the knowledge and skills needed to pursue car accident cases, and have recovered several verdicts in the millions on behalf of our clients. We assist injured individuals in Cape Cod, and are also available by consultation in Hyannis and Plymouth. You can contact us at 888.262.6664 or via our online form to set up a meeting. Nós Falamos Português.