Los Angeles, CA asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Arizona

Q: What are the risk I'm heading into after getting T-boned?

This happened in Arizona.

I rented a "sports" car for my vacation car for a week around 7AM. By 9AM I was on an intersection wanting to make a left turn. I had the green arrow in the traffic light so as I was about to turn, about 40-50 yards out a car hits the peddle and comes speeding down wanting to beat the yellow light. It turned green arrow for me. The car did not stop and it T-boned me. Two main things happen. First, I did suffer minor injuries but I decided not to go to the hospital as I dont have health insurance (long story). Second, The Police issued me a ticket stating that I must yield while turning left no matter what the traffic light color is. Third, I'm afraid of the rental company charging me loss of use.

I appreciate all the advice I can get. I may go to the urgent care to check on things.

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: An Arizona attorney could advise best on this, as it would involve state-specific elements of insurance law for motor vehicle accidents. But your question remains open for four weeks. You probably have by now, but if you have not, I'd recommend consulting with an Arizona attorney because you mention injuries (and possibly an attorney for the traffic ticket as well, because the outcome of that hearing could play a role in the determination of liability in your central motor vehicle accident case). Every state treats comparative liability and basic economic loss differently, and that is something that only an Arizona attorney would be qualified to advise you on. However, it seems there might be a lot at stake here - your injuries, medical expenses, and property damage for possibly a high-end car (you mention renting a sports car). Most attorneys would probably offer you a free initial consult, but that is something you would need to ascertain with the attorney(s) beforehand. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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