Many Louisiana residents enjoy the privilege of driving, no matter their age, sex or status in life. Given the potential dangers posed by other drivers on the road, it is no surprise then that anyone can be a car accident victim if they are at the wrong place at the wrong time.
For instance, a New Orleans nun recently filed a lawsuit against another driver and the driver's insurance company after an accident left the nun with severe and permanent personal injuries to her back, neck, shoulder and pelvis. The nun was struck by the other driver at a traffic light, when the other driver made a left turn and hit the nun's vehicle. As a result, the nun is alleging she suffered permanent injuries that required extensive medical treatment and physical therapy. She is also suing for her mental distress she suffered as a result of the crash.
As a general matter, left turn accidents are usually the fault of the driver who is making the turn. The rules of the road typically allow the driver going straight to have the right of way, and therefore the other driver who crosses into that right of way will often be found liable in a personal injury lawsuit based on negligence.
Each car accident is different, however, and therefore the facts of each case must be analyzed to determine who is at fault for the accident. For instance, if the driver going straight was speeding or runs a red light, that driver could be found to be at least partially at fault. This can impact the injured person's recovery of damages in the lawsuit if he or she is found to be at fault in the incident. Accordingly, individuals who have been injured in a car accident should understand the various factors that can bear on liability, and how the liability determination will affect their damages.
Source: The Louisiana Record, "Nun sues man over injuries related to auto accident," Chelsea Partington, Oct. 8, 2014