The left-turning driver is typically found at fault because that driver is responsible for giving the right of way to oncoming traffic and to ensure there is enough space to make the full turn without interfering with the flow of traffic.
There are a few exceptions to this general rule, and it should be remembered that they are rather difficult to prove.
If the driver who was going straight through the intersection was speeding significantly, then he or she may be determined to be at fault for the accident. Similarly, if the driver who was going straight ran a red light or blew through a stop sign, then fault for the accident may be re-assessed on him or her.
If the left-turning driver began to turn at the intersection when it was safe to do so but was unexpectedly forced to stop or slow down mid-turn, negligence may not be immediately assessed. This is difficult to prove because the burden of ensuring a safe left turn is on the left-turning driver.
As in rear-end accident cases, the damage on the vehicles from the accident may provide more information or indication of fault.
If you have been involved in a left turn car accident in Missouri, you may be in a position to require a Kirkwood personal injury lawyer to prove that you are not at fault. An attorney can answer your questions about the liability of your accident.
Contact a Kirkwood Personal Injury Lawyer
When a car accident in Missouri has a profound impact on your life, you may choose to seek compensation through a Missouri personal injury claim. With a Kirkwood personal injury lawyer on your side, you can feel confident knowing your case is in good hands, while you focus on your recovery and getting your life back on track. To get started with determining if you have a viable case, contact the Missouri personal injury team at Bollwerk & Tatlow, LLC - 314-315-8111.