Left-turns can be one of the more dangerous maneuvers on the road, because a left-turning vehicle usually crosses oncoming traffic.
Traffic studies show that drivers can easily misjudge an oncoming motor vehicle, especially a motorcycle or similarly small vehicle. Bad weather conditions can make a left-turning driver’s judgment even worse.
Under Texas law, drivers making a left turn need to exercise a lot of caution and comply with certain safety requirements.
Texas Transportation Code, Section 545.152 states that when making a left turn, a motor vehicle operator (driver) must yield the right-of-way to approaching vehicles that are:
Courts generally look to the “totality of the circumstances” to decide if it was safe for a driver to turn left under Texas law. Texas Transportation Code Section 545.152 places a burden on the left-turning vehicles to yield the right of way. So in many cases, a driver turning left will be at fault if there is a collision.
However, there are circumstances under which a driver that collides with a left-turning vehicle in Texas may be at fault:
In some cases, if more than one driver is at fault, courts will assign different percentages of fault to each driver. Drivers who are less than 51% responsible for the accident can often receive partial payment from the more at-fault drivers for bodily injuries and property damage.