Have you ever noticed that making a left turn can be difficult? In Louisiana Revised Statute 32:122, the State of Louisiana has established the duty for left turning motorists. At an intersection, a driver intending to make a left turn shall yield the right of way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard. This applies to turns into driveways as well as turns onto other roads. Courts state that a left turning driver must use a very high degree of care. If the collision occurs over the center line, the driver who was making a left turn is presumed to be at fault.
We have all witnessed other drivers turning left in front of our cars, often times we have to slow down or slam the brakes to avoid a crash. Drivers often have trouble judging speed and also may hesitate and turn when it is no longer safe to make a turn. The reasons (or excuses) for why a turning motorist turned left when they did are endless. One solution is to try to make a left turn at an intersection with a left turn green light. But that is no always available.
Use your judgment before making a left turn. If you cant' see oncoming traffic because your view is blocked, don't turn left. Do not rely on a driver to waive you through - never trust another driver in this situation. Do not make the left turn unless you are certain the turn can be made safely.
For over 50 years we have represented countless people who have been injured as a result of another driver turning left directly in their path. If you have been involved in a crash, please call us for a free consultation. Stay tuned for blogs on why waiving your hands to tell another driver "it is safe to turn" is a bad idea and other driving tips.