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Yellow Light Accidents

Who Is at Fault in a Yellow Light Accident?

Traffic LightYou are heading through an intersection as the light turns yellow when suddenly an oncoming car makes a left-hand turn in front of you, and you T-bone them. Who is the at-fault driver in this car accident? You hit the other car, but are you liable?

Intersections are some of the most dangerous places when driving, and yellow lights pose a unique risk of accidents. This is especially true when both drivers are hurrying to make it through the light and one of them is turning left.

The Turning Driver Is Usually at Fault in a Yellow Light Crash

It may seem like the car hitting the turning vehicle is at fault, but in most yellow light car accidents, the person making the left-hand turn is to blame. The driver going straight through the intersection has the right of way and the driver who is turning has to make sure he or she can safely make the turn.

Yellow LightA yellow light is supposed to be a warning to drivers to get ready to stop for a red light. Instead, too many drivers interpret a yellow light as their last chance to make a quick left turn, especially during rush hour. Before attempting a left-hand turn, though, a driver has a legal duty to ensure that the road is clear and that they have enough time to safely maneuver through the intersection. Failing to do so makes the driver liable in an accident.

Of course, other factors such as speeding, talking on an iPhone, or driving under the influence, may also affect liability in a yellow light car crash. That is why it is critical to contact an experienced car accident attorney who will investigate the accident and gather the evidence needed to prove fault.

What to Do if You Are Injured in a Yellow Light Accident

If you are injured in a yellow light accident, there are several steps you need to take.

  1. Contact the police. They will need to come and make an official police report.
  2. Seek medical help right away. Go to the hospital in an ambulance if your injuries are serious; make a doctor’s appointment for less serious injuries. Follow through with all medical recommendations.
  3. If possible, take photos of the accident.
  4. Exchange contact information and insurance information.
  5. Get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
  6. Collect your medical bills and records. Use your medical insurance to cover your medical expenses.
  7. Contact an experienced car accident attorney and let them contact the insurance companies for you.

The Collins Law Firm is known for our tough, accomplished auto accident attorneys. We will fight to get you the best possible settlement if you get injured in a car crash. And you will owe us nothing unless we recover money for YOU. After an auto accident it’s best to get experienced representation as soon as possible, so call us at (630) 527-1595 or fill out our contact form for a FREE evaluation of your car accident claim today.

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