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Are left-hand-turn accidents always the fault of the turning vehicle?


It is a common assumption that all left-hand-turn accidents are caused by the vehicle making the turn. After all, the vehicle does not have the right of way; the driver is supposed to yield to the cars proceeding straight through the light.

But, as we all know, assuming anything is a bad idea.

Many Factors to Consider

There are many accident factors that play into a left-hand-turn car accident. These include:

  • What was the speed of the vehicles involved?
  • Was the light was red or was it green?
  • Was the roadway wet or icy?
  • Had the driver been drinking or using drugs before the crash?
  • Was the sun setting or rising, causing a glare?
  • Was the driver was texting or using his phone?


As you can see, a left-hand-turn accident is not as cut and dry as you may think it is. And, I can tell you one thing—the ICBC is not going to assume the other guy was at fault and hand you a check. Nope, they are a business, and will do all they can to minimize your claim—even if that means pointing the finger at you. And you know you did not cause the crash!

Do not let the ICBC walk away with your money while you struggle to get by. Call our office today to speak with a Richmond, BC accident attorney who is prepared to fight tooth and nail for your rights. 

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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