Be Careful: Arizona Law Puts the Burden on YOU!
Well, that is Arizona puts the burden on you every time you turn left at an intersection. In an effort to try to cut down on the number of serious Arizona automobile collisions, Arizona law requires the person who is turning left at an intersection to make sure all oncoming traffic clears the intersection before turning left. Even if the other driver runs a red light, a ticket will be issued against the person that does not wait for the traffic to clear in most cases. The law reads as follows:
§ 28-772. Vehicle turning left at intersection
The driver of a vehicle within an intersection intending to turn to the left shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle that is approaching from the opposite direction and that is within the intersection or so close to the intersection as to constitute an immediate hazard.
At Breyer Law, we applaud any effort that is made to decrease the number injuries that take place on our road. We all know that people run red lights, and when turning left, it is best to assume the other cars will run a red light until the prove otherwise by slowing down. That may not be “fair” but, then, “fair” doesn’t matter nearly as much to someone who has just been T-Boned and injured by a red light runner. Better to be safe than to be “right.” We have had to represent too many people whose lives have been affected – or worse – due to left-turns at an intersection. Sometimes the fault “should” lie with the car going straight but, really, why take the chance of a ticket, an auto accident in Phoenix, or worse. We think this is one time that the Arizona law got it right.