Turns

Information related to turning a vehicle.

Left Turn Into the Wrong Lane

Improper Left TurnI've noticed a new way to do left turns onto a busy four lane highway near my home. You stop at the stop sign on the side road, look both ways, then turn left, head on into the left turn lane on the highway. Once there, you check behind and move right into the fast lane if there is room. If not, you stop and wait until there is room to proceed.

CASE LAW - Tang v Rodgers

BC Courts Coat of ArmsWho is liable for the crash when one driver swings wide to turn right into his driveway and an overtaking driver passes on the right at the same time? That is the question decided by Justice Brown in the case of Tang v Rogers.

CASE LAW - R. v Weighill

BC Courts Coat of ArmsA motorcycle rider decides to try and beat the yellow light and pulls out to pass other traffic that is stopping for the yellow reaching an estimated speed of 130 to 140 km/h in the posted 90 km/h zone. The driver of an oncoming car, observing traffic stopping, begins to turn left.

Yielding on Left Turns

Left Turn CrashIt's always dangerous when you turn left in an intersection. You have to cross over opposing lanes of traffic which leaves you vulnerable in a crash. It also exposes you to drivers who would never think that they might have to yield and let you turn left.

Making a Left Turn at an Intersection

Left TurnThis column is dedicated to the middle aged male driver who turned left in the intersection and completed the turn half way into my lane as I approached him and half way into the lane that he was supposed to be using. Was he being inattentive, careless or did he not know any better?

CASE LAW - R v Moreno Munoz

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case involves a collision where one of the drivers involved was making a left turn at an intersection. That driver, Madame Moreno Munoz was charged for failing to yield on left turn. The trial examines the concept of "immediate hazard" and whether the left turning driver or the driver proceeding toward the left turn driver is required to yield to the other based on the immediate hazard involved.

CASE LAW - Najdychor v Swartz

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis decision of the B.C. Supreme Court examines the situation where two opposing vehicles approach an uncontrolled intersection. One is turning left (Swartz) and the other is proceeding straight through (Najdychor).

U-Turns

No U Turn SignI never know what I am going to receive in my e-mail regarding this column. Recently it was a tongue in cheek request to save a marriage by settling the question of U-turns between husband and wife. Neither one of them realized that there are really very few places in British Columbia where a driver can make a U-turn legally.

Left Turns Using Multiple Lanes

Two Lane Left Turn SignNot many people adhere to the rule of going into the left lane after a left turn at an intersection - instead they tend to drift across to the curb lane. Should a driver approaching the intersection from the opposite direction and turning right at that place cede right of way to the left-turner? Who would be in the wrong?

Right Turn on Red

red light

If you have not commented on right turns at red lights you might want to consider it. I see so many people that fail to stop at a red light when turning right. They seem to feel that all they have to do is yield. Unless the rules have changed, it requires a full stop before turning.

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