When you need to make a left turn within an intersection or into a driveway, alley or private road you must yield the right of way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction that is close enough to be a hazard. Being sure to yield before making a left turn will help you to avoid a car accident.
The Rule of the Road requiring this responsibility is as follows:
RCW 46.61.185: Vehicle turning left.
The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the 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 thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.
Failure to yield the right of way is a common cause of car accidents. The 2015 Annual Collision Summary produced by the Washington Department of Transportation indicated that failure to yield right of way to a motor vehicle was a contributing circumstance in over 18,000 car accidents in 2015. Additionally, over 4,000 car accidents were due in part to an improper turn/U-turn. The 2015 Collision Summary can be found by using the following link: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/mapsdata/crash/pdf/2015_Annual_Collision_Summary.pdf
How Can I Avoid a Car Accident?
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Do not use devices or objects that cause distractions
- Review the Washington Rules of the Road
- Obey the Washington Rules of the Road
Doing these things can help you avoid being involved in a car accident.
What Should I Do If I Have Been Injured in a Car Accident?
If you have been injured in a car accident in the Tri-Cities, Washington, then you need an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney on your side. The attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm provide a free consultation to discuss your case. The law firm of Parke Gordon believes that every client deserves fair representation, not just the big insurance companies. Call (509) 582-7274 today to get started on your car accident case.
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