Q: Is a car making a left turn always at fault in an accident in Georgia?
If you were involved in a car accident in Georgia while making a left turn, a so-called ‘left-turn accident,' you may have heard that this automatically means you are ‘at fault,' or ultimately responsible. Generally speaking, the car making the left turn in a left-turn accident in Georgia is usually at fault, but like most things legal there are a few notable exceptions to this rule.
If you were recently involved in a left-turn accident you should contact a Palmetto car accident attorney to protect your rights. In some cases, even if you were partially at fault for your left-turn accident in Georgia you may still be able to recover damages.
To be responsible, or ‘at fault' for an accident in Georgia oftentimes means a driver was careless and/or they violated a traffic law. In a left-turn accident in Georgia being at fault is established automatically, with a few exceptions. The reason being at fault is for the most part automatic is the law gives the responsibility to the driver making the left turn to yield to oncoming vehicles and turn only when it is safe to do so.
The exceptions to being deemed automatically at fault for a left-turn accident in Georgia:
- the other driver sped through the light above the speed limit;
- the other driver drove through a red light; or
- some unexpected event during the vehicle's attempt to make a left turn when it was safe changed the circumstances and caused the car making the left turn to slow down or stop turning.
When you've been in a left-turn accident in Georgia, it's always a good idea to seek advice from a Palmetto car accident attorney, especially when your accident happened because of the exceptions listed above.
Contacting a Palmetto Car Accident Attorney
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