Being involved in any type of car accident is frustrating. From the minute that the accident happens, life becomes more challenging. This is even more true if you are injured during the accident.
Who Is At Fault In A Right Turn Accident?
When you want to make a right turn on any street, you are the responsible party for making sure that the intersection is clear. It is up to you to gauge the distance of any oncoming vehicles to make sure you can enter the new traffic flow. It is also your responsibility to ensure that no one is in the walkways when you turn.
But a speeding car hit me when turning right!
Regardless of what the oncoming traffic is doing, when it comes to a right turn accident who’s at fault is almost always the car turning right. The police will almost always find you at fault if you are the person turning right because you have a choice to turn into traffic and should have been able to judge the speed of the oncoming vehicles.
The Only Real Exception To The Rule
The only time that a person turning right may not be found at fault is when a right turn impact happens when a right turn light is being used.
Many busy intersections will use a right turn signal at the intersection. If you were turning right when the signal was on, and an impact happened, it is most likely due to the fact that the other vehicle was not observing the traffic lights and allowing the right turns to take place.
Steps To Take Afer A Right Turn Accident
If you have been involved in a right turn accident, you are encouraged to use the following guide:
- Contact Emergency Services. You will need to have the police make an official report so that you can make a claim for your insurance. If anyone has been injured in the accident, make sure to request medical services if needed.
- Photograph the Scene. If you are able to, use your phone to photograph the scene. Take information from any witnesses on how to contact them at a later time. If you are injured or cannot take photos, don’t worry.
- Get A Medical Evaluation. Even if you think that your injuries may be minor, make sure that you are evaluated in ER. You do not have to take an ambulance. Many injuries do not present themselves right away or are mistaken as signs of stress from an accident. That upset stomach you have or pounding headache may be the sign of an injury. Never risk your health. Have a doctor check you out for injuries.
- Initial Contact With Insurance Company. By law, you are required to notify your insurance company that an accident has occurred. This will allow you to get the necessary medical care you need from the accident. However, you do not have to provide a full and detailed statement at this time. The insurance company will push for one. SImply decline and say that you will provide a statement after speaking with your attorney.
- Contact A Personal Injury Attorney. Contacting an attorney shortly after the accident will always be in your best interest. Your attorney will begin representing your claim immediately, protecting you from the games insurance companies like to play when it comes to paying out a compensation claim.
You should also avoid posting anything on social media about your accident, injuries, or interactions with your attorney. The insurance company will begin monitoring your social media accounts as soon as you file a claim. They will look for any type of information they can use to deny, delay, or diminish your claim, so it is wise to post as little as you can while you have an active case.
Florida is a no-fault state when it comes to car accidents. However, this does not mean that the insurance company will automatically pay for your damages and losses.
Protect yourself after an accident occurs by speaking with a personal injury attorney. Your attorney can help you manage your claim. With an attorney taking care of all the legal work, you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
If you or a loved one was involved in a Florida car crash, contact the car accident attorneys at Landau Law today for a free case consultation.
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