Left-Hand Turns – Who is Liable?

One of the trickiest situations for a driver is making a left-hand turn at a busy intersection. Drivers must not only be alert to the traffic signal, but also to cars approaching from the cross street, as well as to oncoming traffic. Because of all these factors, it’s no wonder that there are many accidents involving left-hand turns, especially in the metro Atlanta area. Who’s to blame in these situations? In legal terms, it’s almost always the fault of the motorist who’s making the left-hand turn, although there are some exceptions to the rule. Here are four situations where the motorist who is turning left is not at fault. If the traffic signal showed a green arrow, which allowed the driver to make the turn. If the other vehicle drove through a red light or stop sign. If the traffic signal was not working properly. If the driver making the turn was hit from behind by another vehicle, which pushed them into oncoming traffic. Obviously, all of these situations involve circumstances that need to be proven through some type of investigation. That’s why it is important to have police reports from the scene of the accident, as well as witness statements, photographs, and other evidence. You should also use the services of an attorney who has experience in cases like this. If you or someone in your family have been involved in a traffic accident in Georgia resulting from a left-hand turn, contact Michael W. McElroy, P.C., for a free...

Tailgating Causes Accidents

“Tailgating”, which is a term for when a person drives too close to the vehicle in front of him or her, is a common cause of traffic accidents. It happens all too frequently on the highways, and it creates a dangerous situation if the car in front has to slow down or stop suddenly. Tailgating can be caused by distracted driving, as when drivers do not pay attention because they’re texting or talking on their cell phones, or it can be a result of driver impairment due to substance abuse, or it can even occur because of a road rage situation, where the tailgating driver is narrowing the distance between cars in order to harass the driver in front. It is a problem that is on the rise, and statistics show that drivers in certain types of vehicles are the worst offenders. Almost 23 percent of drivers in sport utility vehicles (SUV) tailgate, for example. You should never tailgate another driver, and one good reason is that if you are responsible for a collision due to tailgating, you can be liable for damage and injury claims. If you are the victim of tailgating, it is important to establish that the driver behind you was driving in a reckless or negligent manner, and you may need to have supporting evidence in the form of medical reports, witness testimony, and police reports. If you or someone in your family have been a victim of a tailgating accident in Georgia, contact Michael W. McElroy, P.C., for a free...