Who Has the Right-of-Way During a U-Turn?

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Practicing safe driving techniques is the number one way to avoid a car accident. Following the rules of the road will make the roads safer for everyone who travel on them, so being aware of even obscure rules is beneficial towards achieving this goal. One situation that happens more often than most people are aware of is the question of who has the right-of-way when someone is attempting make a u-turn?

The answer to this depends completely on the color of the traffic signal for the individual that is making the u-turn. If the light is green, then the person making the u-turn has the right of way. Consequently, if the driver is making a right on red, then he or she does not have the right of way and any other driver that has a green signal does. This seems to happen organically most of the time, but many accidents are caused by drivers trying to force the right of way and ignore this simple rule.

Whenever you make a u-turn, you should always try to stay in the appropriate, closest lane. This is not always possible, due to the width of the road or the size of the vehicle, but it is an important rule of thumb nonetheless. You should also remember to always use a turn signal when making a u-turn, or any turn for that matter, to signal to fellow drivers your intention.

Not every driver will follow road safety rules all the time, so accidents are inevitable. If you or someone you know has been injured in an automobile accident, then you may have grounds for a lawsuit to obtain financial compensation for your injuries. To learn more about how we at the Franco Law Firm can help you win this compensation and support you through your case, please call us any time at (813) 872-0929.