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Considerations When Determining Liability for a Crash During a Right Turn

The law is unambiguous on how liability for a crash in a right turn situation should be determined. Three rules apply to this situation, and the one you use depends on what happened before the crash.

1) The first rule applies if both drivers enter the intersection from different streets or highways. In this case, the driver who enters from higher traffic street has to yield as they are responsible for providing enough time and space to merging vehicles which may need more room than their own lanes allow them.

If there was no other vehicle entering simultaneously as either of these drivers, then it is likely that nobody would have had rights of way since each driver would have been turning left onto their respective street or highway without crossing paths with another vehicle. In this scenario, the two drivers have to share responsibility for the crash.

2) The second rule applies if a driver is coming from a one-way street and the other driver enters the intersection at an angle. In this scenario, the first vehicle has to yield as they turn into traffic while there was no oncoming vehicle in front of them when they were entering it.

If both drivers enter at different angles from a one-way street, then the driver who enters from higher traffic or more traveled road has to yield as they are responsible for providing enough time and space to merging vehicles which may need more room than their own lanes allow them.

3) The third rule applies if both drivers enter from different streets or highways and there is another vehicle entering simultaneously as either driver. In this case, one of the vehicles has priority over other traffic, but it depends on who entered first, which will yield right of the way.

If there was no other vehicle entering at the same time as either of these drivers, then it is likely that nobody would have had rights of way since each driver would have been turning left onto their respective street or highway without crossing paths with another vehicle, in this scenario the two drivers have to share responsibility for the crash.

It’s always good to take the help of a personal injury lawyer like Adam S. Kutner in this regard so that you can explore all the available options and use them efficiently to sue the person responsible for your injuries and damages.

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