A driver should only make a left-hand turn if and when it is safe. A vehicle making a left-hand turn is almost always at fault if an accident occurs. However, there are some exceptions to this, such as:
- If the non-turning driver was going above the speed limit
- If the non-turning driver ran a red light or went through a stop sign
- Or if an unexpected event occurs causing the left-turn driver to slow down or stop turning
- If you had a green arrow and were hit by an oncoming car, the fault would be theirs
No case is ever set in stone, so it’s impossible to say whether any action will make you at fault. In most cases, the driver of the vehicle turning left will be held liable for the accident because a car that crosses over a different traffic pattern is obliged to yield to vehicles moving within that pattern.
If you are at an intersection and need to turn left, you are required by law to give the right-of-way to oncoming cars. If a car accident then occurs, the presumption is that you were not paying attention to oncoming traffic or did not exercise due caution.
Also, if a car hit you from behind and forced you into traffic, whereby you experienced a collision with another car, the car that hit you would be liable for both collisions.
If you are involved in a car accident where someone has made a left-hand turn, that driver is most likely at fault. However, liability can depend on other factors. It is important that the police are contacted and a police report is filed.
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