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yellow lights and left-hand turnsDeciding to yield or drive through an intersection is a crucial decision, with a small window of opportunity. With minimal communication amongst drivers on the road, there are limited signals as to what each car plans to do next. Yellow lights are seen as an ultimatum for drivers to either accelerate speed or slow to a stop. However, the moment at which a car advances through their window of opportunity—at a yellow light or left-hand turn—sometimes intersects with an oncoming vehicle driving along the road the yielding car is passing through.


The Dangers of Not Choosing to Yield

Yellow lights are generally a warning light that tells drivers to slow down before the light changes to red. Too often, drivers instead see the yellow light message as “hurry up, get through this light before it goes red.” What drivers fail to realize is that when one driver chooses to speed up to make a yellow light, another driver may be using the opportunity to attempt to make a left turn. In short, both drivers are driving to hurry through the intersection before the light turns red. This can in turn result in a serious and possibly tragic collision.


Determining Fault for a Yellow Light, Left-Hand Turn Accident

Determining fault in a crash at a yellow light can get complicated. As a general rule, the driver turning left on a yellow light at an intersection is typically responsible for the accident. Drivers have a legal duty to ensure there is no oncoming traffic and they have sufficient time to clear the intersection before making a left-hand turn.

However, that being said, yellow light collisions should be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Other factors must be considered, such as speeding and distracted driving. In some cases, the fault may even be apportioned between the two drivers. 


Contact an Experienced Orange County Car Accident Claim Attorney

If you or a loved has been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another party, you should discuss your legal options with an attorney as you may be entitled to compensation. 

The Orange County car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates advocate for their clients’ full financial recovery through hard work and an aggressive approach. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call 949-727-9300.

Samer Habbas is a California attorney with over 18 years of experience in personal injury law. Throughout his career, he has successfully recovered over $300 million for his clients, solidifying his reputation as a leading advocate in the field.

Samer swiftly gained recognition for his adept negotiation skills and unwavering dedication to his clients. His practice spans a wide range of personal injury cases, including car accidents, dog bites, funeral home abuse, premises liability, and wrongful death.

Samer is known for his compassionate approach and commitment to securing favorable outcomes for his clients. His expertise has earned him the trust and respect of both his clients and his peers within the legal community. He is also deeply invested in giving back to his community. He actively participates in pro bono work and volunteers his time to various charitable organizations. Samer is a champion for those who have been wronged, leveraging his extensive experience and expertise to make a meaningful difference in the lives of his clients and his community.