Clearwater Improper Passing or Turning Accident Attorneys
Everyone who gets behind the wheel of a vehicle is responsible for driving safely, which includes following the rules of the road and adjusting one’s driving to accommodate for the condition of and traffic on the road. Some of the deadliest accidents involve motorists who are passing other vehicles or who are turning from one roadway to another (or into one’s destination). If a negligent motorist leaves you injured in such an accident, it’s time to consult with a Clearwater improper passing or turning attorney.
When a truck driver or another motorist proceeds to pass someone on the roadway, that driver must take every precaution to ensure that he or she does so safely. Motorists are most vulnerable to accidents when they leave their lane of traffic, such as when passing another vehicle, and this also leaves the vehicle being passed in a similarly vulnerable position. Some of the most common forms of improper passing include:
- Leaving one’s lane without signaling one’s intention to do so
- Failing to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic (whether from the rear or ahead – if traveling on a two-lane road)
- Passing another vehicle in a no-passing zone
- Failing to check one’s blind spots before leaving one’s lane
- Passing in intersections and passing forward vehicles that are stopped for pedestrians
- Passing on railroad crossings
- Passing on the right
- Passing on the shoulder
It’s worth noting that truck drivers experience even more considerable blind spots than other drivers do and must, therefore, be extremely vigilant about checking these blind spots when proceeding to change lanes. Every motorist, however, experiences blind spots that must be thoroughly checked in order to safely pass other vehicles on the roadway.
When motorists turn, they not only create disruptions in the flow of traffic but also cross other lanes of traffic (when turning left). As such, they must do so with caution. All of the following constitute dangerous, improper turns:
- Turning too sharply, which is especially dangerous for massive trucks (that are more prone to turning over)
- Turning too widely and cutting into other lanes of traffic, which – again – is even more dangerous for semis
- Failing to take other traffic, including pedestrians and motorcycles, into careful consideration when turning through an intersection
- Failing to heed traffic lights and signals when making a turn
Intersections are where traffic from all directions converges, and this makes them especially prone to deadly accidents.
Discuss Your Claim with an Experienced Clearwater Passing or Turning Accident Attorney Today
If another driver’s negligent passing or turning leaves you injured, the Clearwater passing and turning accident attorneys at Tragos, Sartes & Tragos are attuned to the difficult situation you face and are committed to harnessing the full force of their experience and legal insight in pursuit of your claim’s most favorable resolution. To learn more about how we can help you, please don’t wait to contact us online or call us at (727) 441-9030 today.