Cars turning left must yield the right of way to cars going straight. While most drivers are aware of that simple rule of driving, many car accidents still result motorists trying to make a left hand turn, and are the cause of serious injuries. The NY State Vehicle and Traffic Law, Section 1141, sets for the rule on left hand turns in New York:
The driver of a vehicle intending to turn left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right of way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.Because the vehicle which is going straight is often traveling at a much faster rate of speed than the turning vehicle, and does not have enough time to brake before colliding, serious injuries often result. One way to avoid the danger of left hand turns is to only make left hand turns at intersections with left hand turn signals, or to only make right hand turns. As crazy as it seems, some studies have shown that is actually faster on average to make only right hand turns. That is because when making a left hand turn the driver often has to wait for traffic to clear before turning. Additionally, a driver can make a right hand turn on red. UPS is one company that has adopted the right hand only strategy and a discussion about it can be found HERE. While the right hand turn strategy is mainly for saving time and gas, it should also result in fewer motor vehicle collisions at intersections. Obviously, this strategy will work better in a location such as New York City, where a driver will not have to go too far our of the way by only turning right. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to a driver making a left hand turn call us for a free consultation. Zalman Schnurman & Miner is a New York law firm experienced in handling left hand turn accident cases. We will be happy to speak to you and offer a free consultation. Zalman Schnurman & Miner P.C. is a New York law firm that concentrates in personal injury actions such as left hand turn accident cases, motor vehicle accident cases, bus accidents, pedestrian-vehicular accidents, car accidents; truck accidents, motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, wrongful death cases, traumatic brain injuries, etc. Learn more at www.1800Lawline.com, or contact us at 1-800-LAWLINE, or 1-800-529-5463 Zalman Schnurman & Miner P.C. handles personal injury actions in New York City, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, and Rockland County. We can often refer you to attorneys in other areas that we have worked with in the past. The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not meant as legal advice or to cover all possible facts or factors. An attorney should be consulted to discuss specific facts and laws.