Kansas City Left-Turn Car Accident Attorneys
A large percent of car accidents in Kansas City occur when a driver is making a left-hand turn across incoming traffic. Royce Injury is your Kansas City left-turn car accident attorneys. Left-turn car accidents are so prevalent because they require a driver to not only monitor traffic signals, vehicles coming at them, but also monitor cross walks for pedestrians and bicycles. Even a driver who is not distracted, can still not see traffic, misjudge a turn, or plainly just not see a pedestrian that walk arounds a corner, and can cause a severe accident including death.
The Kansas City car accident lawyers at Royce Injury fight for victims of left-turn car accidents, in addition to all kinds of car accidents in Kansas City and throughout Missouri. Our experienced attorneys have years of dealing with car accidents, putting our clients in the best position to recover the highest compensation possible for their injuries from negligent left-turn car accidents.
Like all our Kansas City area auto accident clients, we do not charge a dime until we win your case. Contact a car accident lawyer Kansas City, MO recommends at 855-976-9235.
Frequency of Left-Turn Accidents Kanas City
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Association), over 60% of accidents that occur while crossing or turning into an intersection, happen when drivers are turning left. Additionally, these left-turn accidents are involved in over 20% of all accidents.
Reasons for Left-Turn Car Accidents
- Distracted Driver – With the increased prevalence of not only phones, but other electronic devices like touchscreens in cars, and other handheld devices, drivers are distracted at a much higher rate than any time in history.
- Improver Observation – A lot of left-turn car accidents in Kansas City happen because a driver did not survey their surroundings properly to make sure it was safe to turn, checking for incoming traffic, pedestrians, and proper traffic signals.
- Judgment – Like anything, humans make errors, and a lot of accidents are caused by drivers thinking they had enough time or space to make a turn, when they did not.
With most car accidents there are contributing factors such as weather, car mechanical issues, or driver fault like driving to fast. However, with left-turn car accidents most of these accidents happen to a driver not paying attention or misjudging they had time to turn.
Risks to Left-Turning Vehicles
Vehicles making a left-turn are usually at fault for car accidents in an intersection or crossway, as generally, the incoming car has the right-of-way. The incoming car has a claim against the left-turn driver. The left-turn driver that is struck often does not have any claim for damages, despite being at a high risk for serious injury or even fatality from a left-turn accident as they are often struck hard by an incoming vehicle and the left-hand turn driver is often stationary or moving slowly. Most of these accidents are T-bones where the incoming car strikes the left-turn driver in the mid-section of their car, creating a “t”. In these accidents, passenger side front and passenger side back drivers are at a significant risk of injury. Passengers in a left-hand car accident can recover from the driver of the vehicle if the left-turn driver is at fault, which almost always are.
Risks to Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Motorcyclists from Left-Turning Vehicles
While a driver making a left-turn is at risk of getting T-boned in an intersection, they are generally not at as a high of risk of injury as their passengers, incoming drivers. However, those victims at most risk to left-turn car accidents are innocent bystanders walking or riding by, or persons on motorcycles. Missouri law states that drivers must yield to pedestrians, so when these accidents occur the left-turn driver is almost always at fault for the accident. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists struck unprotected and often completely unaware are not bracing for an impact and often left with serious injuries, including being run over and even dragged down the street by the left-turn driver.
Risks to Incoming Drivers in Left-Turn Car Accidents
When two cars collide in a left-hand car accident, often the at fault left-hand driver suffers significantly less injuries than incoming drivers. Incoming drivers often crash head on to a vehicle. The drivers go from moving at speed to zero instantly. This causes these drivers to suffer whiplash, and blunt force head trauma hitting their heads on airbags and steering wheels. Most car accidents carry the same risks to drivers but left-turn negligent drivers are at less risk of injury.
How Royce Injury Can Help with a Left-Turn Car Accident
Getting an accident is not only mentally and physically painful, but dealing with insurance is draining, and can worsen the injury. Hiring an experienced law firm will not only take away your stress, but make sure you get the full recovery you are entitled too. Our attorneys will:
- Get all medical records
- Order police reports
- Document and photograph the injury scene
- Hire consultants and experts
Hire an Attorney Today for Your Left-Turn Car Accident in Kansas City
If you or a loved one are the victim of left-turn car accident in Kansas City or Missouri, please reach out to an attorney right away. Royce Injury has the experience to get you the money you deserve. Call today at 855-976-9235 for a free consultation.