The vehicle driving straight will more often than not, have the right of way when driving through an intersection.
When the police arrive on the accident scene of a left-turn collision, they will almost always issue a ticket to the driver who was turning left. This is due to right-of-way laws.
The driver making a left hand turn will only have the right of way if they are proceeding on a left-turn arrow.
Otherwise, the driver turning left at a green light must wait until all oncoming traffic is gone or far enough away to allow for a safe and complete turn.
If a traffic light is not present, the left turning driver must still abide by the same precautions. The oncoming traffic will have the right of way and do not have to stop or slow down to allow left-turning drivers to pass.
Drivers making left turns must also wait for all pedestrians and cyclists are safely across the street before they can proceed with the turn.
This is why it is rare to find the other driver at-fault for this type of accident, and can be even more difficult to prove.
However with that being said, like anything, there are always a few exceptions to the rule.
Exceptions to Left-Turn Driving Rule
There are a few exceptions to the left-turn liability rule.
The driver turning left may be deemed not at fault for the following scenarios:
1. The car driving straight was driving significantly over the speed limit when they were going through the intersection. This can be a difficult exception to prove. If there are no witnesses, it will be your word against the other driver. Since the police officer will already be predisposed to giving you the ticket when they find out you were the one making the left turn, convincing them that the other driver was being reckless will be difficult to prove on your own.
2. The car that is driving straight ran a red light or stop sign. If a car runs a red light or
3. Unforeseen circumstances may warrant the other driver at-fault for the accident. If the left turning driver initiates the turn while it is safe to proceed, but some unforeseen circumstance arises, such as an animal appearing in the road, another car runs a red light, or some obstruction appears during the turn that makes it necessary for the driver to slow down or stop, then the other driver may be found responsible for the crash.
What to do If you are Involved in a Left-Turn Accident
If you were involved an accident and believe it was caused by someone else's negligence, you will need to hire a professional Car Accident Attorney to help prove your innocence. If you were a passenger in a car accident, you have rights to compensation as well.
Because the majority of the time the driver turning left will be receive the ticket in a car accident, it can be difficult to prove your innocence on your own.
If you think your accident occurred as a result of the other driver running a red light or stop sign, or if you believe they were speeding, you may need help from an attorney to prove that you were not at-fault for the accident occurring.
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