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A car turning left at an intersection going into a 2 lane road has to enter into the left most lane, correct?
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A car turning left at an intersection going into a 2 lane road has to enter into the left most lane, correct?

I was turning right at an intersection while an oncoming car was turning left. The road we were both turning onto has 2 lanes. I entered into the right lane, he was turning left and entered into the right lane as well, almost colliding with me before he swerved back into the left lane. He then started honking his horn at me as if I were at fault for the near miss. Isn't he supposed to turn into the left most lane? Even if there were 10 lanes shouldn't he be making his left turn into the the LEFT most lane??? Am I wrong here? I don't think so. Not that it matters because I believe this road rule doesn't vary from state to state, but this happened in Hawaii.







Dave Herron
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You are correct in that the other driver should have turned into the left-most lane and then moved into the right lane after signaling and checking that the way was clear. However, there are some other factors which you didn't mention and they could possibly lead to both of you being equally at fault. Did you have a green light or were you making a right turn on red while the other driver was turning on a green left turn arrow? In this case you would have to come to a complete stop before making the right turn and yield to any traffic that may be turning from the opposite lane. Even if you had the right-of-way, and the other person was supposed to turn into the left lane, we should never depend on the other driver doing the right thing. The safest thing to do is wait for him to clear before proceeding with the right turn. Every driver has the responsibility to take actions, as much as possible, to avoid a possible collision. Basically, count on the other driver doing something stupid and make sure the way is clear before proceeding.


Dan B
Were you making a right turn on red? Did the other driver have a left turn green arrow? Was your light yellow transitioning to red? The left turning vehicle should not have even begun their turn until you were out of the way. What if you wanted to make a left turn (after you completed your right turn) into a driveway or business that didn't have an alternate entry? A defensive driver would not have made their left turn for that reason. However, if you were making a right turn on red and they had a green left turn arrow, then YOU were in the wrong. You have to be a defensive driver also and take that possibility into consideration since you can't see their signal indication. Also, a defensive driver would not continue a right turn on yellow. You would also be in the wrong if you were making a right turn on yellow. If you are traveling slow enough to stop, you are not to enter the intersection on a yellow. The yellow is for traffic already in the intersection to clear the intersection. It is also for traffic that is outside of their stopping distance to continue through the intersection before it turns red. The yellow is not a signal to speed up to beat the red. That is the cause of most high speed crashes at intersections. As you can see, there's more to this than two cars making a turn onto the same street. An accident investigator has to consider all possibilities based upon witness statements, accident debris and damage to vehicles.


JetDoc
You are correct. Plus, the vehicle turning left at an intersection must yield to all other vehicles, but just because you are correct doesn't mean some A**hole isn't going to yell at you anyway.


baldy
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You are correct. When turning left; you are supposed to turn into the lane that is closest to you and signal and then move over when the coast is clear. The same when you are turning right. You turn into the closest lane and when the coast is clear; you signal and move over. It is getting to the point where I think half the people on the road have no clue as how to drive. What aggravates me is when they don't make a square turn and try to take the front end off a car; which is waiting at the stop light.







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