Left turns are one of the most dangerous driving maneuvers for drivers, especially novice drivers, older adults, and motorcyclists. Even the most careful drivers can find themselves in a precarious situation when they are making a left turn. Maryland left-turn accidents, especially those occurring during a yellow light can have disastrous consequences to drivers, passengers, and bystanders. Those who suffered injuries involving a negligent driver may be able to recover compensation against the at-fault parties. Presenting an iron-clad case for recovery is especially important in Maryland because of the state’s strict contributory negligence statute
According to Maryland’s Traffic Code, yellow lights are a warning to notify drivers that they should slow down because the light is about to change to red. However, many people read this signal as a notice to quickly make the light before it turns red. While accidents involving yellow lights may stem from various situations, most of them involve one driver proceeding straight and another driver trying to make a left, before the light turns red.
The law imposes a duty on turning drivers to ensure that the roadway is safe to make the maneuver. As such, in most cases, the driving turning left will be liable for the accident. However, each case presents unique facts and circumstances, and an attorney can assist injury victims in presenting a compelling case for recovery.
News sources recently described a deadly collision between a sedan and a motorcycle driver. According to witness statements, evidence, and police reports, the motorcycle driver was traveling north approaching an intersection. While making a left turn on a flashing yellow light a sedan slammed into the motorcycle driver. The motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital, and the sedan driver did not suffer any physical injuries. Police do not believe that the sedan driver was impaired at the time of the accident.
Who Is at Fault in a Left Turn Accident?
While liability in a left turn accident usually falls on the party making the left-hand turn, there are exceptions to the default rule. One exception involves situations where the non-turning driver was speeding or approaching the intersection in a reckless manner. Another situation may involve a situation where the approaching vehicle runs a red light. Finally, liability may be muddled in cases where an unexpected event made the turning vehicle slow or stop turning.
Have You Suffered Injuries in Maryland Car Accident
If you have suffered injuries in a Maryland motorcycle accident involving a left turn, contact the attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen. The lawyers at our office have an in-depth understanding of various Maryland traffic and personal injury laws that can impact your claims. We have successfully represented countless injury victims and their families in claims stemming from Maryland motorcycle accidents. Our firm handles Maryland injury lawsuits involving car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, slip-and-falls, dangerous and unsafe products, medical malpractice, and wrongful death. Contact our office at 410-654-3600, to discuss your rights and remedies after a Maryland accident. Calling is free, and we will never bill you for our services unless we can recover compensation on your behalf.