Were You in An Accident With a Driver That Was Making an Illegal Turn in Lake Charles?

Reckless drivers who conduct improper or illegal turns greatly increase the risk of crashing. Whether conducting an improper U-turn or failing to yield at a yellow light, these turns put innocent motorists in harm’s way. It is imperative to get a lawyer involved in your case if you were injured due to a motorist conducting an improper or illegal turn. A good car accident lawyer will strive to hold the irresponsible party accountable. 

At Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC, we know that crashes can put severe physical, mental, and financial strain on those who have been hurt. That is why we are passionate about helping our clients get the maximum possible compensation available to them. If you sustained injuries in a car accident due to a reckless driver, contact our Lake Charles car accident lawyers. Call us today at 337-800-8800 to request a free case review. We can answer any questions you have and provide advice on the best next steps in your case to earn a favorable settlement or verdict.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer?

A car accident can easily ruin your life. An injury requires an assortment of expensive diagnostic tests and treatments. These might seem impossible to pay for. In some cases, injuries keep you from your job and earning income to provide for yourself and your family. This overwhelming stress often pushes people to accept any low, initial settlement offer an insurance company gives you. Unfortunately, if you accept that low-ball offer, it might not cover all your costs and losses associated with the crash in the long run. A Lake Charles car crash attorney from Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC will have extensive experience dealing with insurance companies daily. They know how to fight for the maximum possible compensation on your behalf.

Why Choose Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC?

Our experienced team of Lake Charles car accident attorneys ranks among the top lawyers in the state. We have team members listed in the Best Lawyers in America. Some team members were selected for inclusion in Louisiana Super Lawyers. Our firm was chosen as one of the Top 10 Law Firms for Client Satisfaction.

We pride ourselves on having satisfied clients. We are committed to listening to and partnering with our clients to achieve the most beneficial outcome. Our main goal is to make the difficult, life-altering situation our clients are facing as hassle-free as possible. They do not need to worry about dealing with insurance companies or legalities; we will handle it all.

What Constitutes an Improper or Illegal Turn?

Simply put, an improper or illegal turn is when a driver turns his vehicle in a manner that is unsafe for motorists. These turns typically occur in intersections and are a chief cause of the high percentage of intersection collision fatalities and injuries. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) reports that 50% of all fatalities and injuries in crashes happen at or near an intersection.

Not all improper or illegal turns happen in intersections. They can also occur on any roadway where someone can complete a U-turn. They can also take place where there are driveways or business entrances onto a road or highway. A final common location for an improper or illegal turn is on a curve.

Types of Improper or Illegal Turns

There are many types of improper or illegal turns. The major ones are listed below.

  • Turning right when a “no turn on red” sign is present
  • Failing to yield to oncoming traffic for a left turn
  • Turning left at a red light
  • Not establishing proper visibility when turning on a curve
  • Conducting an improper U-turn
  • Completing a U-turn where there is a “no U-turn” sign
  • Failing to fully stop at a stop sign before turning any direction
  • Not using the proper turn signals before attempting a turn

These are only some of the ways improper or illegal turns are categorized by insurance companies and the legal system. An experienced attorney at Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC will investigate the potential reasons for the accident to help determine who may be at fault in your case.

What Are the Louisiana Laws About Improper or Illegal Turns?

There are a multitude of Louisiana statutes that relate to turning. But the ones mentioned below tend to be the most relevant to cases involving improper or illegal turns.

Louisiana statute 32:101 clearly states the required position and method of turning at intersections in any direction.  For instance, if you’re turning right, you are to stay as close to the right-hand curb as possible. For a left turn on a two-way road, you are to be as near the center line in the right lane as possible. Additional rules apply for entering and leaving intersections and for other than two-lane roads. Failing to follow these traffic rules is breaking the law. 

Not yielding the right-of-way at an intersection is among the most common cause of improper and illegal turns. Both Louisiana statute 32:121, 32:122, and 32:123 establish the right-of-way rules.

Turning on a curve is also a tricky road situation that can lead to crashes. That is why Louisiana statute 32:102 sets out proper laws for turning on a curve: you cannot turn on a crest or a grade if your vehicle cannot be seen by other drivers from either direction for 500 feet.

Failing to signal before a turn is yet another common cause of crashes. The laws regarding proper signaling before a turn are established in Louisiana statute 32:104 through 32:106. These laws include signaling for 100 feet before the turn and not suddenly stopping or decreasing vehicle speed without signaling for a turn onto a private road driveway.

Louisiana statute 32:124 is used in cases related to someone turning onto a highway from a private road, driveway, alley, or building. That driver must yield to any pedestrian in his path, as well as to all approaching vehicles.

A Lake Charles car crash attorney at Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC completely understands these statutes. They know how to use them to build a case that can hold the negligible party responsible and obtain the maximum compensation for the injured party.

Frequently Asked Questions Related to Improper or Illegal Turns

If you were involved in an accident caused by an improper or illegal turn, then you likely have numerous questions. Following are questions we often hear from clients in these types of crashes. If you have case-specific questions, give us a call at 337-800-8800 to set up a free case review where we can answer those for you.

What evidence is needed to prove that an improper or illegal turn occurred in my crash?

Once hired, our legal team will fully investigate your crash. We utilize all the evidence we collect to build the strongest possible case. That evidence could include:

  • Police report
  • Witness statements
  • Photos of the crash scene
  • Computer models/projections of the crash
  • Video footage from nearby security cameras

These are only some examples of evidence used to prove an improper or illegal turn caused your crash.

How much compensation will I receive if I win?

If you were involved in a crash where someone turned illegally or improperly, then you might be wondering how much your case is worth. This is a valid question and one we hear often. It is not an easy one to answer without knowing the unique details of your case.

Here are a few factors that contribute to how much compensation you could potentially receive:

  • Medical expenses
  • Vehicle damages
  • Lost wages

In our free case review, we will fully discuss with you more specific compensation possibilities after we know more about your case.

What is the cost to hire an attorney?

This is one of the most common questions we hear. At Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC, we operate on a contingency fee basis. This means we only collect a fee if we win your case. The contingency fee is an agreed-upon percentage between our firm and you as the client.

We offer free case reviews in which we will discuss your case fully, tell you what you can expect during the process, and answer any case-specific questions you have. There are no upfront fees to you when you hire us.

How long will it take to resolve my case?

Like the question of compensation, this question does not have an easy answer and varies with each case. The length of time it takes to receive compensation depends on several factors. Some of those variables include:

  • Amount of time it takes to gather evidence
  • Insurance company response time
  • Whether the case goes to court

These are merely a few factors that affect how long it takes to resolve a case. We will discuss more specific timelines and what to expect during your free case review. We will always keep you updated with any news or developments throughout your case.

Consult a Lake Charles Car Crash Lawyer Today

If you were in a crash due to an improper or illegal turn, you need someone on your side fighting for your best interests. Our experienced team of Lake Charles car crash lawyers will fight to get you the compensation you deserve so you can focus on healing and moving forward with your life. Call us today at 337-800-8800 to request your free case review so we can help you during this difficult time.

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