While making a left turn is a common practice that many drivers perform on a daily basis, such maneuvers carry far more risk that many motorists realize. Left turns often involve drivers making various judgment calls about the speed of oncoming cars, how long green or yellow lights will last and whether other drivers will obey the necessary traffic laws. Matters are further complicated when the law usually faults the driver making the left turn at the scene of an accident.
Examples of left turns include:
Our attorneys have evaluated countless accidents where a driver, although objectively not at fault, bears 99% of the responsibility and is ultimately at fault because they made a left turn involving a scenario with oncoming traffic.
Determining and proving fault in left turn accidents can be tricky; however, the following factors can aid in laying partial fault on the other driver involved in the accident:
When attempting to make a safe left turn, keep these tips in mind:
To better serve the Hispanic community, we are expanding our Spanish legal content, starting with the “Thinking About Turning Left?” infographic. Click on the link below for the Spanish version of this helpful information, and stay tuned as we continue to make useful educational material available to our Spanish speaking audience.