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 consultation.