If I was turning left, does that make me liable in a West Virginia car accident?

If you were involved in a West Virginia car accident wherein you were turning left just before impact, you may be found automatically liable for any damages caused.

The rules of the road legally require you to yield to oncoming traffic, and to turn only after it is safe to do so
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There are exceptions to automatic left turn liability in a West Virginia car accident which can include the following: 
  • The other vehicle's driver was speeding;
  • The other driver ran a red light;
  • Your car stalled amid taking the left turn; and
  • Some other unexpected event occurred.  


An experienced and well-qualified Harrison County car accident lawyer will be able to counsel you after your West Virginia car accident as to any exceptions to the left turn ruling that may have existed during your incident.

A Harrison County car accident lawyer will normally give you a free consultation so that all of your options are made clear to you, including whether you may have a claim or counterclaim for any injuries you sustained.

Shortly after your involvement in your West Virginia car accident, an insurance company adjuster will contact you, usually by phone. You will hear from an adjuster very soon after the accident when personal injuries result.

It is crucial that you respond to all communications with adjusters with brief, short answers which relate specifically to the questions being asked.

Volunteering more information than is necessary may help the insurer to weaken any possibilities you have for seeking damages in your West Virginia car accident claim.

Contacting a Harrison County Car Accident Lawyer

Unfortunately, car accidents are a regular occurrence on West Virginia roadways such as I-79, I-77, Route 50, Route 33, and I-68. In fact, our state averages over 40,000 car crashes, over 400 deaths, and over 11,000 serious injuries each year. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a West Virginia car accident, order a FREE copy of our consumer guide, The 7 Biggest Mistakes that Can Wreck Your West Virginia Car Accident Claim then contact the Harrison County car accident lawyer at The Miley Legal Group for a FREE consultation - 304-326-1800.