Our roads are governed by right-of-way rules. Many times the right-of-way is dictated by a traffic light, stop sign, or yield sign. Other times the right-of-way is dictated by vehicle and traffic rules that are not displayed on the road, but known by motorists. This includes vehicles coming from a private driveway which must yield to all vehicles already on the roadway, or that all vehicles must yield to an emergency vehicle with its lights and sirens on. Another example is that all vehicles turning left must yield to the right-of-way of other vehicles on the roadway which present an immediate hazard. This is because a left-hand turn is one of the most dangerous maneuvers a motor vehicle can make since one vehicle is crossing over the lane of travel of other vehicles. When a motorist fails to comply with this right-of-way law, it could result in a catastrophic Albuquerque left turn auto accident. This may cause extreme personal injuries and wrongful death.
Occupants of a motor vehicle who are injured when a vehicle turns left in front of them are likely to sustain significant injury because it is a head on collision for them. It is essentially like they are hitting a wall. This could result in significant pain and suffering, as well as extreme medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Individuals who are seriously hurt in an Albuquerque left turn auto accident should call the Albuquerque auto accident lawyers at the Mark Caruso by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn what rights to compensation they may have under New Mexico law.
Even though there is no traffic lights, signs, or markings on the road that say “vehicles turning left must yield to all,” this is known to all motorists because New Mexico vehicle and traffic statutes require this. Specifically, NM Stat. section 66-7-329 provides that vehicles turning left at intersections must yield to the right-of-way of all oncoming vehicles which constitute an “immediate hazard” in a manner that allows oncoming vehicles safe passage. Additionally, NM Stat. section 66-7-328 provides that all vehicles approaching an intersection must yield to the right of way of all vehicles already in the intersection.
If a motorist fails to comply with this statute by turning left in front of another vehicle, he or she may be found automatically negligent to the injured occupants of the vehicle with the right-of-way. This is because the doctrine of negligence per se could apply to help an injured person prove liability against a defendant in an Albuquerque left turn auto accident. This doctrine allows for a finding of negligence when the statute is meant to protect another from harm and a violation of the statute does cause that harm to the person meant to be protected.
If you have been seriously injured in any type of auto accident in New Mexico, please call our Albuquerque auto accident lawyer to learn how we can help. We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including in Lordsburg, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, or anywhere else. Call the Mark Caruso by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help. You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.