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Failure to yield: who has the right of way?

One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in California and around the country is failure to yield during a left-hand turn. When drivers of any type of vehicle incorrectly assume the right-of-way, the results can be dangerous and, in some instances, even deadly. A great way to protect yourself from accidents caused by this mistake is to be educated on who has the right of way in any situation and be aware of the other cars around you.


According to the California State Legislature, drivers can be confused about who is allowed to go when they are making a left-hand turn. The laws say that the person turning left needs to yield to all other vehicles. You must wait to turn until all approaching vehicles are a reasonable distance away to allow for safe travel.


One problem is that drivers may think that the vehicles turning right must yield to the vehicle turning left. The truth is that you must yield to all other drivers when you are making a left-hand turn, including both those who are traveling straight as well as those who are turning right.


Another aspect of safety that the law includes is that the driver turning left must signal the move to other drivers. If your motorcycle or other vehicle does not have light signals, you must use the proper hand signals to let all other drivers know which direction you are turning. This information is intended for your education and should not be taken as legal advice.

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