If I was in a Georgia car accident while making a left turn, am I automatically at fault?

If you were in a Georgia car accident while making a left turn, you will most likely be considered at fault. This is because law mandates that the driver making the left turn should only turn when the roadway is clear. The driver making a left turn should always yield to oncoming traffic.

There are a few exceptions to the rule stating that the driver making the turn is at fault in a left turn accident. If your left turn accident occurred under "special circumstances," you may not be found at fault. Examples of special circumstances include: 
  • the other driver was speeding at the time of the left turn accident;
  • the other driver ran a red light, (which led to the accident); and
  • something unexpected occurred while you were trying to make a left turn that caused your car to slow down or stop. 


The concept of fault is important when dealing with a left turn accident. If you are found to be at fault for your left turn accident but sustained injuries, any compensation you receive in a Georgia personal injury claim could be reduced.

If your accident did occur as a result of circumstances beyond your control, you'll want the assistance of an Atlanta car accident lawyer to help with your case.

An Atlanta car accident lawyer can collect evidence to show the other party's degree of fault, and help strengthen your Georgia personal injury claim.

Contacting an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer 

If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case.