Did you know that an intersection left-turn is one of the most dangerous things you can do in a vehicle?
Many don’t think about it, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are over 2,400 fatalities nationwide due to left hand turn accidents. Is that number shocking? Not really, to experienced accident attorneys. We see way too many of these, and we see them all the time.
The number of fatalities in right hand turn accidents? Not even close.
If you are in an accident involving a left hand turn, and you are the left-turner, you may have a problem. In Arizona, regardless of the light color, when making a left hand turn, you must yield to any car that “presents a hazard to your path of travel”. If an accident occurs and there are no witnesses, good luck. You will probably be found at fault. Even if the other driver ran a red light, you better have witnesses. Even then, you may be find to be partially at fault. but the
Left hand turns in Arizona are very dangerous. Not only should they require every ounce of your attention, but you should always proceed with high caution when attempting a left hand turn. Make sure the cars coming at you are stopping. Do not go until you are sure. Don’t worry that cross traffic may be honking at you. If an accident occurs, you cannot blame them. You will be at fault, so take all the time you need to be sure.
Drive safe. Drive smart. Drive informed.