There are so many variables in a car accident that make it impossible to guarantee a driver making a left turn was the responsible party under Virginia law. A left-turn car accident is often called a “no-doubt liability” claim because in nearly every case the driver making the left turn will be at fault – but there are exceptions. 

The 3 most notable exceptions to this near-automatic ruling of fault are: 

  • the driver traveling straight was speeding;
  • the driver traveling straight ran a red light while the left-turn driver had the right of way; and
  • the left-turn driver had a clear path when he or she began the turn, but something caused a delay in the maneuver. 


Proving the other driver was speeding or ran a red light will rely mainly on police reports, traffic citations and witness statements. Fortunately, these types of evidence are usually fairly easy to collect after a car accident, but it will take the help of a Front Royal personal injury attorney to help make sure you are able to show the straight driver was completely at fault. 

The 3rd exception is the most difficult to prove because the basic Virginia traffic laws state a left-turning driver must ensure the path is clear before starting the turn. However, if an obstacle entered your path unexpectedly or if your car suddenly stopped mid-intersection, it would be a difficult case to place you at fault for these circumstances. 

If you were the left-turning driver in a car accident and are fighting to prove the other driver was at fault for your accident, let a Northern Virginia personal injury attorney help prepare your case. 

Get Help From a Front Royal Personal Injury Attorney 

Virginia’s contributory negligence laws make it extremely difficult to file a successful car accident claim without the help of a personal injury attorney. If there is any suspicion that your own negligence caused the accident and your injuries, you may risk losing your chance at a fair settlement. 

If you are the victim of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, whether in a car accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. Dulaney, Lauer & Thomas is a Front Royal law firm with attorneys available to help those who have been involved in Northern Virginia accidents and suffered serious injury. Call 1-540-636-7100 to speak with an experienced lawyer today about your motorcycle accident claim.

Carl N. Lauer
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