While turning right on a red light recently, I was nearly hit by a driver turning left on a green arrow. He made a wide turn into the right lane.
If there had been an accident, who would have been at fault? I thought I was safe to turn into the right lane because the driver turning left needed to turn into the left lane.
I know both drivers need to be doing a bit of defensive driving, but clarification would be good. — Kris S., Gig Harbor
But don’t forget what’s on William Jay’s tombstone:
So many people are unaware of the left turn law (or ignore it), it’s never safe to turn right until you’re sure it’s clear.
Here’s the way the official Washington Driver Guide puts it: “Turn from the lane that is closest to the direction you want to go and turn into the lane closest to the one you came from.”