Who will be more likely at fault?

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Who will be more likely at fault?

I was turning left and saw two cars driving towards me. they were still far so i turned on green. when i turned on the street it became blocked and one car driving towards me avoided me but the other didn’t and hit me. the passenger in the car that hit me was pregnant. the police spoke mostly with the other driver and his wife but barely asked me any questions. the wife also asked for an ambulance and it came.

Asked on April 30, 2009 under Accident Law, Illinois

Answers:

L.M., Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 13 years ago | Contributor

In general, a vehicle going straight has the right of way over a vehicle making a left turn, so typically the turning driver is at fault.  Other factors taken into consideration, however, when determining liability are the speed of the vehicle going straight, and how far into the intersection the turning car was at the time of the impact.  The police are sometimes able to determine the answers to these questions by measuring skid marks on the ground, and from statements of the parties and any witnesses to the accident.  I think the best you can hope for is that liability will be split between you and the other driver.  Hopefully you have the appropriate level of liability insurance to take care of those who are injured if you are, indeed, found to be liable.


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