Virginia Improper Turn Accident Attorneys
When a driver makes an improper turn, this dangerous and negligent action could result in a devastating collision. Virginia state law establishes the specific methods for performing turns at two-way roadways and other locations. A driver who performs an illegal turn and causes a traffic collision will almost certainly be at fault, and their insurance company responsible for covering the damages stemming from the wreck.
If you suffered serious injuries, or your loved one was killed, in a Virginia car accident caused by another driver’s improper turn, you need to seek legal representation from CHASENBOSCOLO as soon as possible. Our firm will protect your rights and work to ensure that the negligent driver is held fully accountable. We can examine your case when you call (703) 538-1138, or contact us online, to schedule a free consultation.
Do I Need An Improper Turns Lawyer?
You may know that another driver was at fault for your crash because of the improper turn they performed, but you should expect that the driver’s insurance company will not admit as much. Keep in mind that when you deal with another party’s insurance company, they are actively working against you, and will almost always try to attribute negligence to other drivers ahead of their own.
An insurance company agent could tell you that they are conducting their own investigation, then repeatedly delay taking any kind of action – including paying your medical bills. Remember: the insurer is never on your side, while an experienced attorney will be committed to serving your best interests.
One of the first things a lawyer is going to do for you is to conduct their own independent investigation into your crash, collecting as much evidence as possible of the improper turn another driver performed and using that to prove that their action caused your accident. An insurance company might be quick to offer you a lump sum settlement, offering to resolve your case soon after the crash, but you need to realize that whatever amount you have been offered is probably far less than that which you actually deserve.
An attorney is going to be able to take into account every past, present, or future expense relating to your injuries, and then negotiate a fair and full settlement. If the insurance company fails to make a satisfactory settlement offer, the lawyer will understand when it is the right time to file a lawsuit and take your case to trial.
Why Choose CHASENBOSCOLO To Handle My Improper Turn Accident Case?
CHASENBOSCOLO has been serving clients in Virginia and the surrounding areas over three decades, with a record of success that includes more than $750 million recovered for our clients. Our firm has 25 attorneys and more than 90 professionals, together totaling over one hundred years of combined legal experience.
Barry M. Chasen and Benjamin T. Boscolo each have more than 30 years of legal experience. They have both received AV Preeminent ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, denoting the highest level of professional excellence.
Mr. Chasen was named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2013, while Mr. Boscolo is a member of the American Association for Justice.
You should also be aware that CHASENBOSCOLO provides what we call our No Fee Guarantee®, which means you won’t pay us anything unless you obtain a financial award. Our firm is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you’ll always get answers to your questions.
Types of Improper Turn Cases We Handle
Virginia state law clearly defines proper turns, and many drivers fail to follow the laws, resulting in millions of accidents on Virginia roads. When one driver performs an illegal or otherwise improper turn, it catches all other drivers completely by surprise and leaves many people unprepared for how to react, and it may be possible for vehicles to be involved in collisions that do not even involve the automobile that performed the improper turn.
Improper turns may involve a number of other possible driver actions, including:
- Turns prohibited by traffic signs
- Left turns at red lights
- Turns without signaling
- Illegal U-turns on divided highways
- Failure to use designated lanes for right or left turns
- Wide turns
- Turns without the right of way
- Turning from the wrong lane
The National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey (NMVCCS), conducted from 2005 to 2007, found that drivers were the critical reason for 94% of critical pre-crash events nationwide or over 2 million of the roughly 2,189,000 accidents that occurred during that three-year stretch. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines a critical pre-crash event as the action or event that sets the driver on a course that makes a crash inevitable.
Left turns are perhaps the most perilous turns for drivers to perform because they usually are made directly in front of oncoming traffic. A number of improper turn cases involve left turns performed by drivers who misjudged the speed or distance of approaching vehicles.
You should always make sure that every turn you perform is lawful, and always double-check for any nearby traffic in any area into which you are turning. Only perform U-turns where you know such maneuvers are legally authorized.
Make sure that you are providing adequate space between your own vehicle and other vehicles so you have time to react if another driver suddenly performs an improper turn. It is recommended that you signal your intent to turn at least 100 feet before you expect to perform the turn, and signaling can be important in helping prevent possible rear-end accidents when other drivers are not expecting you to turn.
Contact an Improper Turn Accident Attorney in Virginia
Did you sustain severe injuries, or was your loved one killed, in a motor vehicle crash caused by another driver’s improper turn in Virginia? Contact an experienced Virginia car accident attorney to protect your rights and your legal options. CHASENBOSCOLO represents both residents and visitors injured, or the families of those killed, in car accidents in Virginia. Call (703) 538-1138, or contact us online, to schedule a free consultation.