Who’s at Fault in Left Turn Accidents?
Updated: Feb 27
Left hand turn accidents are a common occurrence in Miami accidents. A question the Miami Car accident Lawyers at Ferrer Law get time and time again is who is at fault for an accident if one of the drivers in question was turning left at the time of the accident.
Florida Laws basically state that when it comes to left hand turn accidents, the party at fault is always more than likely the driver that was making the left turn. Why is this? According to Florida Statute §316.122, the driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, or vehicles lawfully passing on the left of the turning vehicle, which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard. This basically means that all vehicles making a left-hand turn at any intersection eg., a traffic control light or 4 way stop sign, must yield the right of way to any other approaching vehicles.
Individuals that cause these accidents will use these laws as a defense to claim they should not be at fault. This is why it is important to be know your rights when it comes to left hand turn accidents before they occur. Left hand turn accidents can be tough to prove liability is at the hands of the other driver, however, if you have contact information for any witnesses that saw the other driver take a red light or violate any other traffic laws, this can drastically improve the chances of proving the other driver was liable.
The Miami Personal Injury Lawyers at Ferrer Law, PA have represented individuals with various injuries due to automobile accidents throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and the rest of the state of Florida. If you or a loved one were involved in a left turn collision call Ferrer Law, PA at 305-697-2224 for a free consultation.